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Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
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Kel goes through her Ordeal, and comes out a knight--but a knight with a mission. She's been given a vision of the abominations being created to attack Tortall, and she wants to pursue the vision immediately. Instead, she's ordered to command a refugee camp. She hardly knows where to begin, but her years with Lord Raoul pay off, and she quickly gains the respect of the soldiers, refugees, and convicts through her organization, quick thinking, and hard work. But Kel can't stay off the front lines forever, and eventually she must face down the man who kills children and uses their souls to power war machines.

I loved reading about Kel's time running the refugee camp/fortress. She considers so many options, and works herself so hard; it's inspiring. I wasn't so thrilled by her climactic battle at the end--I felt like she got so much help from cats&dogs that she hardly did anything. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Description: Keladry of Mindelan has finally achieved her life-long dream of being a knight. But it’s not turning out as she imagined at all. With the land of Tortall at war with the Scanrans, she has been assigned to oversee a refugee camp. But Kel has had a vision in the Chamber—a vision of the man behind the horrific battle machines that her fellow knights and friends are now fighting without her. She is torn between a duty she has sworn and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of the war.

Thoughts: I'm sad that this subseries is done. I really liked Kel and her compatriots and would have happily read a few more books about her adventures. I greatly appreciated that Kel was just an ordinary girl who pushed herself to be the best she could be and to never ignore the pain and suffering of others to get what she wanted.

I have only two real complaints about this one. Firstly, the climax of the story was handled a bit too quickly and easily for my tastes, but it wasn't out f character for Pierce's books. Secondly, I'm irritated that we don't get to find out what happens to Kel in the romance department. On the one hand, Kel is the most independent and focused of Pierce's heroines, never letting boys turn her head too much from her goals and business. That's nice to see. And Pierce didn't just throw her together with someone at the end of the series to wrap it up, thank heavens. But it was immensely frustrating to watch Kel's feelings grow and change and to not really get an answer as to who she would end up with. Three other weddings at the end but we couldn't even get a clear answer about Kel and Dom or Kel and ANYONE?

I would recommend this subseries with much less reservation than the others I've read so far and I'm glad I stuck it out through the ones I didn't love to get to this one!

Rating: 3.99
Liked: 4
Plot: 4.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 4
Audio: 3.5

http://www.librarything.com/topic/188600#5178490 ( )
  leahbird | Jul 20, 2015 |

I was really happy after finishing this book. I love all of the points and morals that Pierce inserts into her writing. Awesome strength training ideas are also in this series. ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
Lovely as always. Which is a kind of funny thing to say about a book where the mood varies between fury, anxiety, grief, and blind stubborn determination (OK, flashes of excellent humor, happiness, and triump, but most of it is pretty grim). Still - as usual for a Pierce, the setting and the people are beautifully evoked; the tasks, both immediate and promised, are challenging and important; and the flow of events draws the reader along and deep into that world. Kel is set in charge of a refugee camp - oh, before she gets there, she attaches a small boy to her service (because he was being abused, and because he's useful to her. In that order). Tobe turns out to be very useful on a lot of levels, too. She's given the duty of commanding the camp because, unlike any of the other knights available, she will actually care about the refugees and work to protect and care for them, not just treat them as impedimenta - Wyldon demonstrates, again, that he has more depth than he's willing to show the world. She also has a prophesied task from the Chamber of the Ordeal, to deal with the mage who's creating the killing machines she's already fought. She struggles with the conflict of duties this raises; unfortunately, circumstances intervene until the conflict...doesn't go away, exactly, but shifts so that her choice is clear. Her expedition into enemy territory, with the cavalcade following her (in several senses) produces many of those flashes of humor; it's also got some of the grimmest, saddest scenes in the whole quartet. But a happy ending, for many. I really would like to see more of Kel, and Tobe, and all the rest of her crew - but for now, I think, I'll just have to imagine what happens to her. She is my favorite of the Tortallan heroes. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Feb 17, 2014 |
Keladry of Mindelan is assigned to command a refugee camp. Little does she know into what troubles this will lead. She has to build the camp, supervise the troops, organize and train the refugees to fight. Doubting her own ability doesn’t help. And when she leaves to report to her commanding officer only to return finding the enemy has attacked, she blames herself. The vision she saw in the Chamber of the Ordeal has come to fruition, and her target is clear. She must defeat the mage responsible for the horrible killing machines fueled by the spirits of dead children. Is she up to the task? Kel has to learn how to accept support from others as well as to trust her own talents. Lady Knight is an engaging story that will have you rooting for this strong but young female leader. ( )
  NancyJCohen | Jan 2, 2014 |
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"Mistresses, have you ever noticed that when we disagree with a male -- I hesitate to say 'man' -- or find ourselves in a position over males, the first comment they make is always about our reputations or our monthlies?" (Chapter 7, Tirrsmont Refugees, p.155)
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"This is one of the knights who has come to defend the border - Lady Knight Keladry of Mindelan"

Kel is finally a knight. The first girl to make it in decades. She's dealt with the hazing and prejudice of her year-mates, and the terrifying Ordeal, the final test of a squire. Now she faces the real thing. Tortall is at war.

The Scanran raiders have united to form an army, and they're invading. Refugees are flooding away from the northern border, destitute and terrified, with stories of the fearsome metal creatures that the invaders have brought with them. Kel's post is to the border refugee camp - the Scanrans, and their monstrous weapons will be waiting for her...
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In the final thrilling installment of Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series ( First Test, Page, and Squire), our sturdy young heroine, Keladry of Mindelan (a.k.a. Kel), has finally been knighted. Never one to rest on her laurels, Kel champs at the bit, ready to tackle the horrific magic killing devices she was shown in the Chamber of the Ordeal during her knighthood initiation. The huge, insectlike machines, "made of iron-coated giants' bones, chains, pulleys, dagger-fingers and -toes, and a long whiplike tail," feed on the souls of dead children and are systematically killing off the citizens and warriors of Tortall.

Thoroughly disgusted to discover that not only is she not going to be assigned a combat post, but she has been placed in charge of a refugee camp instead, Kel, in her usual noble, stoic way, swallows her disappointment and sets out being the best refugee camp commander possible. Of course, destiny has a way of sneaking up on a young woman like Kel, and soon she is fulfilling the ordeal the Chamber set out for her... and then some.

Tamora Pierce once again draws her legions of fans into her story, blending humor, pathos, exhilarating battles, and gripping drama with a very real, very appealing protagonist. It's easy to make war appear black and white, a matter of good versus evil. Pierce finds the shades of gray. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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When she became a knight, eighteen-year-old Kel hoped to be given a combat post, but instead she finds herself named commander of an outpost of refugees, where she must face the unnatural forces of the evil Balyce.

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