Protector of the Small: First Test

first testFirst Test by Tamora Pierce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: May 23rd, 2000
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Knighthood, Training, Friendship, Magic


In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel Is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out… Continue reading