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First Test (1999)

by Tamora Pierce

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Series: Protector of the Small Quartet (1), Tortall Universe (14 (Protector of the Small 01))

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Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
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Kel is training to become a knight - the first girl to openly train for knighthood in the kingdom of Tortall since the king decreed females could train. Of course, the boys don't want her there and neither does the training master. So, she has to prove herself again and again until she wins them over. The first in a quartet. ( )
  asuttonpoulsboms | Jul 19, 2024 |
In the footsteps of Alanna comes Kealdry or Kel. Kel spent her youth in this universes analogue to Japan, the Yamani Isles and she has learned some self-discipline and some self-defence techniques. She decides to become a Knight but first she has to survive the training. Lord Wyldon is opposed to her being an openly female page and insists that she have a one-year probation, something none of the boys have to do (and some of them should have to do). She is determined and nothing, not even the bullying she's subjected to will stop her. Thankfully people step in several times to help her and she befriends the local sparrows and there's a dog that likes her, never mind the horse that just won't stop.
There are moments where things don't quite work but overall it's a good story and sufficiently different from Alannas that it reads well. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 22, 2024 |
i really liked this book. I loved the main character and the world building much better then the last series that i read by this author. ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
i really liked this book. I loved the main character and the world building much better then the last series that i read by this author. ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
Great series about strong girls! ( )
  panamamama | Aug 2, 2022 |
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Dunne, BernadetteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Jacqueline Korn and Bruce Hunter, the embodiment of English grace.
To Mallory, who totally made it happen (1999 Random House Fantasy paperback edition)
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Alanna the Lioness, the King's Champion, could hardly contain her glee.
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Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.

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"You have one year in which to prove that you can keep up with the boys. If you do not satisfy me on that count, you will go home."

It's ten years since royal decree permitted girls to train as knights. No one applied - until now. Keladry of Mindelan is determined to follow in the footsteps of the nation's greatest legend: Alanna, Lioness of Tortall. She's in for a nasty surprise.

The royal training master, Lord Wyldon of Cavall, thinks girls should stick to embroidery. He will take her for one year only - on probation. If Keladry doesn't meet his exacting standards, she's out.

It seems so unfair. Keladry knows she's equal to any of the boys, but how can she hope to succeed when Lord Wyldon's mind is already made up?
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