Squire Fourteen year old Keladry of Mindelan is not your average squire For one thing she s a girl For another she s almost six feet tall And most important of all her ability to pass the Ordeal that soon

Fourteen year old Keladry of Mindelan is not your average squire For one thing, she s a girl For another, she s almost six feet tall And most important of all, her ability to pass the Ordeal that soon confronts her may determine her kingdom s future When Kel is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she s up toFourteen year old Keladry of Mindelan is not your average squire For one thing, she s a girl For another, she s almost six feet tall And most important of all, her ability to pass the Ordeal that soon confronts her may determine her kingdom s future When Kel is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she s up to the job Kel earns respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection of a fellow squire This feminist fantasy is a delightful read KLIATT

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  1. Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join groups, I m going to turn them all down I just don t have the time to take part, so please don t be offended if I don t join your group or accept an invitation I m not snooty I m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances Also, don t be alarmed by the number of books I ve read When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I ve read in the past It s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things Obviously, I ve read a lot of books in 54 years I was born in South Connellsville, PA My mother wanted to name me Tamara but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as Tamora When I was 8 my family moved to California, where we lived for 6 years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsula.I started writing stories in 6th grade My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in 1969 There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for 2 years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior year.After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet I sold some articles and 2 short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 2006 In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc White Tiger A Hero s Compulsion co written with Tim, and a short story anthology co editing credit There s to come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned

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  1. This was supposed to be the one where I let myself reminisce, and I had all sorts of ideas for things I wanted to say, but now they all sort of sound like oversharing and I don t feel like making you uncomfortable, so I m not going to do that.InsteadIt has come to my attention that certain people don t think this is a particularly moral book Not to name any names, but there are only two one star reviews for it so I think you ll be able to find the one I mean pretty easily I don t believe in trol [...]

  2. Buddy Reread 1 29 15 1 30 15 w Monica the other Tamora Pierce lover who thinks Alanna is still legendary, hmmph Read this series If you love fantasy and action and light but worthwhile romance with a strong protagonist and amazing worlds and believable characters and awesome friendships and epic pets and straight out of a movie battle sequences then read this series.5 STARS AND THAT S HOW YOU DO IT.

  3. Squire is basically everything I could ever want in a Tamora Pierce book, and if this series ended here, I would be okay with that Kel really is a wonderful heroine, and I loved getting to see her finally achieve her dream in this novel.Things about Squire I was very happy that the trial for Lalasa s attackers wasn t forgotten, and I really liked the way that played out King Jonathan is a great character, and it s been really interesting to see how he has grown and changed over time through the [...]

  4. It s 2 am and I m writing reviews I rarely revisit books I read in my childhood, partly because I m deathly afraid they ll be visited by the suck fairy and partly because I rarely have time to re read Not so with these books I began reading Tamora Pierce when I was eleven, and unlike so many others, I started reading her Circle of Magic books first While I enjoyed them, I didn t understand why she inspired such fervent love in other fans until I read her Tortall books.And yes, I enjoyed the Alan [...]

  5. Once upon a time in college, a friend and I realized we d had similar experiences with this book Specifically, we both started at book 3 in a series after finding it on a bookstore shelf and snapping it up on a whim I go back and forth about whether Protector of the Small or Trickster s Choice represent my favorite Tamora Pierce books, but this one s definitely my favorite within the Protector of the Small framework.The entire series revolves around Kel, beginning at age 10 when she s the first [...]

  6. Oh these books, every time I read them it s like visiting a best friend I adore Kel today as much as I did when these books were first published I will forever be grateful to Tamora Pierce for creating this fantastic heroine because bless her , she is real Kel doesn t have the Gift or any wild magic to help her She gets everything only through grimy, hard work and persistence just like the rest of us and I admire her so much for it I reread these books ALL THE TIME because I need that I need to [...]

  7. This review was from my snarky early teen years I only kept it up to keep a trail for myself of how I ve grown, figuratively and mentally.Since people see fit to stumble on it once in a while and leave long comments telling me how wrong ignorant prudish I am, I m removing it.And I m removing those comments as well Because I don t have time for that.

  8. 04 13 it doesn t matter how often i read these books, i inevitably spend half the time clutching the book to my chest and declaring my love for all of the characters and crying about how much i love everyone 09 10 oh my god raoul, there aren t enough heart hands IN THE WORLD he is so good and smart and funny and amazing he has such faith in kel and in the system, and i mean, seriously, people with stupid amounts of honor are such a turn on for me, and hfurevhreu RAOULal telling kel who his knigh [...]

  9. Okay, I meant to do a review of the entire series, but Squire made my heart soar that I couldn t just step away and say Will review the series at the end Squire Keladry is a diamond She s a girl undergoing her knighthood training some century after lady knights have grown out of fashion in Tortall Save Alanna, of course but to Tortallans, the Lioness is an entity in herself So it s up to Kel to turn the conservatives heads the other way by making her own statement that girls can be knights, too [...]

  10. This is my favourie in the series I love this book Kel is now a squire to Lord Raoul, at first she is nervous but the two soon become very close Kel gets better and better at fighting and leading people Kel even starts a budding romance I love the relationship her and Raoul have, I love reading about the realationships between a young person and their mentor Plus I just love Raoul in general , he is such an awesome character One of my favourite Tamora Pierce books yet and a favourite in general

  11. These books are so dear to me This is only my first reread of POTS, but they absolutely make my heart swell with joy So special I already have an Alanna in my life my two year old palomino mare and I think a Kel is in my future Reading Tamora Pierce make my fingers itch to write Maybe I ll be prepared by NANOWRIMO

  12. Squire is my favorite book in the series It is very much the coming of age book for its main protagonist, Kel She has graduated from page training and become a squire, ready to be trained in the field by a knightif only one would pick her Most of her friends have been snapped up already, and most of the knights who intend to take squires for training have already made their choices It leaves her feeling morose, believing that nobody would want the girl to train.Luckily, she is proven wrong when [...]

  13. 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed Squire definitely the most out of the first 3 books in this series This book is where the series diverges the most from the same things that Alanna went through with her training Squire covers all four years of Keladry s time as a Squire obviously all the way up until her Knight test We see a lot of the world and of Keladry and the court as well during this book Squire deals with a lot of the political aspects of Tortall and the court So much so that a large portion o [...]

  14. Funnily enough, Squire follows our heroine, Keladry of Mindelan, through her years as a squire I know, right Who d have guessed.I m not sure why I m being so snarky about this, the book was lovely At this point in the series, I m not sure if there s any apt of a word to describe Kel than to say she s steadfast She not only survives her 3 4 years as a squire and she squires for no less of a knight than Raoul of Goldenlake, the commander of the King s Own, protectors of the realm she thrives Not [...]

  15. This is confirming my conviction that Kel would stand up to rereading.This is a delight I d somehow forgotten that Raoul is Kel s knight sponsor RAOUL This one is five stars because it just works I m not going to be able to explain it than that Everything about it just works.I adore Raoul as knight master He s the teacher Kel always needed I love that she s to be a Commander in training I love his relationship with Kel Just as I love her relationship with the Yammani women, having contemporarie [...]

  16. In this novel Kel has to go through four years as a squire before she can become a knight For those of you who have read the first two books you will understand what I mean when I say Yes One step closer Kel just get through this and you will be a knight Not to say that the adventure ends when she becomes a knight because in Lady Knight you realize the adventure is only just beginning but that is for my next review In Squire Tamora Pierce as always hits the ball out of the park and makes a run f [...]

  17. This volume always feels like the time flies by even though it is longer to account for the four years as a squire The book opens with Kel stressing over having not been chosen as a squire, but that is quickly remedied when she is chosen by Lord Raoul and so she continues her adventures with the King s Own It always baffles me looking back that the griffin is only in Kel s life for less than a book because the creature is definitely a presence I don t quite consider this a spoiler as it is depic [...]

  18. This and my other reviews can be found at amethystbookwyrm Kelladry has passed all four years of being a page, and is now a squire The only problem is that no knight has picked her for their squire She is finally picked by Raoul Goldenlake, Commander of the Kings Own As she accompanies Raoul on his adventures, she is accompanied by her old friends Jump, the dog, and Crown and her flock of sparrows She also gains a Griffin rescued from a centaur raid.Kelladry has matured even in this book, and h [...]

  19. How do you rate a book if you were annoyed at its first half and loved the second half In this case, I rate Squire 4.5 stars because the second half made up for it and because it s definitely better than First Test and Page I think one of the reasons I wasn t invested in this book and I didn t enjoy this series as much as, say, The Immortals Quartet , is because Kel s personality doesn t click with me In this book, it becomes especially apparent since most of the characters I loved in the first [...]

  20. Third in the Protector of the Small series within the overall Tortall series It revolves around Keladry of Mindelan, the second girl in the kingdom who wants to become a knight.My TakeParents, you really do want your girls to read this whole series It promotes equality for girls and boys and shows the pluses and minuses of one s reception when pursuing a dream There are good and bad people in this series, just as there is in real life and Pierce provides plenty of examples of some good ways to m [...]

  21. This is the first Tamora Pierce book I read I was in seventh grade, and my friend had this book with a cool looking cover, and I d read snatches over her shoulder, and then I went to the library and found out that Tamora Pierce had a tremendous back catalog And that s how it all started.I love this book Always have I m about to ask a whole bunch of worldbuilding questions, but still I love this I love Kel I love Raoul I love how busy she is as a squire I think this story is great Onto the questi [...]

  22. Kel is an amazing heroine and really came into her own in this book I have a theory about Tamora Pierce s quartets that the third book is my favorite because it s when the women transition from middle school age to young women They prove to everyone how awesome they are, how strong and powerful The romance also develops which is very nice I was weary of Kel in the first couple of books but I fell in love with her over the course of this book I am so excited for the fourth one Especially with the [...]

  23. This was amazing There were some slow parts in the middle but Kel s character brought me through She has got to be one of my favourite female protagonists

  24. It s feminist, it s fantasy, and its alternately funny or full of feelings What s not to love I also find it a lot easier to relate to the characters when their older while I enjoyed the first two books of Kel s series, and indeed Alanna s as well, having them grow up and encounter adult situations and choices is a lot interesting that their exploits as a child.Reasons why this book rocks 1 Periods are something that almost all teenage girls have to deal with And when you re an ass kicking knig [...]

  25. The Protector of the Small series is by far my favorite series, among Pierce s works and the genre overall, and among the quartet, Squire is definitely the best The entire series is focused on morality, on the choices people make, and the kinds of people they become, and a lot of it comes to a head in Squire Kel relies not on magic, destiny, and luck, like the enjoyably far fetched Song of the Lioness and Immortals quartets, but on determination, hard work, patience, and a strong moral compass U [...]

  26. The Good Squire is my favorite book of the series so far, this one was great I fell right into the story just surrounded with the plot I liked the character relationships that developed between Raoul and one of the Riders I forgot her name, starts with a B A friend from Kel s past comes to visit in an interesting way bringing others as well Then there is the romance that begins with a certain someone who is a year ahead of her, or is it two, not so sure Some of the bully crew gets what is coming [...]

  27. This book is everything a YA fantasy novel should be, and Tamora Pierce is a goddess Tamora Pierce s Tortall books were incredibly important to my growing up years I just finished my semi annual reread, during which I end up spending quite a bit of time debating which book series heroine is the best The answer is, it s this one This is the best book in the best series following the best heroine in Tortall It s complex than earlier books, but still has a lovely sense of exuberance and newness, a [...]

  28. Overall, great book Love the way Kel takes agency, love that her Knight Master treats her well, love that sexist idiots get just punishments One thing.Kel blames herself and Lalasa partly for not reporting Vinson Kel reasons that had Vinson been reported, he would not assault and rape other girls I think that s a really harmful portrayal of abusers, and if there are girls reading it who chose not to report their abusers, there is a chance they d be retriggered in their self blame spiral The thin [...]

  29. The world opens up a little bit as we follow Kel into her years as a squire She has a bit of angst at the beginning figuring out who she ll be squired to, but everything works out well for her, and over the course of the book, Kel s aptitude for fighting, making friends, and defending the downtrodden emerge and Additionally, her capabilities as a trustworthy leader are showing up, even though she doesn t have some of the inborn special qualities of other heroines in this world the magics of Al [...]

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