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Lady Knight (2002)

by Tamora Pierce

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Series: Protector of the Small Quartet (4), Tortall Universe (17 (Protector of the Small 04))

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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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While satisfying to see Kel actually get her knighthood, survive her ordeal and prove herself to everyone it was also interesting to see her learn more about herself and about what she has to do to survive. There's war and she has to rally troops and get people to obey her, she's in a position where he has responsibility, where they don't think things will go wrong but when they do she just does what she has to do to ensure that she and as many around her as possible survive.
I like Kel. She's an interesting character, driven but at the same time able to see how other people work and how to motivate them. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 24, 2024 |
It’s the 4th (and last?) book in the series. Kel is now a knight. There is a war on. Kel is (disappointingly) put in charge of a refugee camp. She does need to train the refugees and has some “convict soldiers” (criminals who choose to fight in a war instead of going to prison) to help defend the camp, if needed. Although the training is going well, things go very wrong when Kel has to leave for a short time to provide updates/reports to her superiors.

I’d rate the majority of the book ok, though there were some parts where I got a bit more interested and would up the rating to “good”. Overall, though, I’m leaving it at ok. I do think the second half picked up a bit more over the first half. ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 16, 2022 |
I loved this book! Love that the lead doesn't have to have a love interest to be an interesting female character. 4.5 stars! ( )
  panamamama | Aug 2, 2022 |
I really liked this book, especially in comparison to the others of the series. It ended perfectly.
What I really like about Kel was that she was believable, and there's something in every girl that sympathizes with her. She wants to treat people fairly, and feels real responsibility. She's witty, and she is capable of having friendships with men without being romantically engaged with them.
She is clever and physically strong. And a heroine as engaging as Kel is can keep a book going.
The plot in this one was interesting, although it almost seemed Kel had it too easy, getting the children back. But maybe the difficulties they had along the way made up for it.
It was better than the predecessors, because it wasn't so opinion saturated, it was an adventure story. And a good one, too. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
• Kel ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
• I just want more of Kel’s stories with the whole gang. At least with Alanna and Diane they show up again but we’ve not really had a chance to meet Kel again properly (Aly’s vision dreams don’t count)
• My fave heroine
• 5⭐️s ( )
  sianhopper | Dec 6, 2021 |
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Tamora Pierceprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dunne, BernadetteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gerardi, JanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musselman, DanProducersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patti, JoyceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teeneson, JoyceCover photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watkins, LiselotteCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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"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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