Lady Knight

Lady KnightIn The Final Thrilling Installment Of Tamora Pierce S Protector Of The Small SeriesFirst Test, Page, And Squire , Our Sturdy Young Heroine, Keladry Of Mindelan Aka 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 And OlderEmilie Coulter This book was pretty unputdownable pretty action packed from beginning to end Thinking back, there actually wasn t that much action at the beginning per se, but there s a sort of divine prophecy that starts to book off, so even when not much is happening there s still this level of expectation I had so much empathy for Kel and everyone around her throughout the story Jeez, why is no one sending her backup when she s got hundreds of civilians to defend and weekly raids from the enemy The little spurts of action left me nettled and on edge for all the characters.Kel is definitely a kick ass fighter and strategist, but she s kind of dense to how other people are going to react respond Kind of a standing trait for heroes, though I feel like I m in a constant eye roll in regards to heroes have the no, I m the only one who can be risking life and future go home the rest of you argument over and over again But of all of Ms Pierces main characters, she s the one I m most curious about for what the rest of her life is going to bring She s the only one so far without a firm romantic interest developing by the end of her books which was also kind of refreshing because what are the odds that you d be sent away from everyone you know, focused on heroics and war, and still have time to fall for someone new , and we didn t get a whole lot of epilogue for her.ETA On rereading I realized actually how violent this book is Not that Ms Pierce ever dwells on the details, but it is a book about war in an age of swords and battle axes and they re fighting against monsters There are a lot of deaths in this book and they aren t drifting away in their sleep I think watching Game of Thrones has maybe added some new entries to my mental image bank to pull from or something, but all the deaths in this book struck me as far gruesome than they did on first reading And Kel now suddenly reminds me of Brienne of Tarth. I m going to make a statement which I probably will contradict in the future because I ll forget and which likely contradicts something I ve previously said and forgotten.Keladry of Mindelan is my favorite Tamora Pierce heroine.I thought for a long time while reading this book about that statement, and how true it was, and eventually decided that it was accurate I love them all, of course, but with most of them there is an aspect I just can t sympathize with Mostly Sandry, Tris, Daja, Alanna, Daine it s the magic factor Pierce does a really good job of writing plausible magic, but as a result it s such an integral part of her characters lives that it is difficult for me to empathize The underlying themes are just fine, but the tangible day to day stuff of their lives is inherently fantastic just because of who they are.Kel is significant to me for the same reason she s significant to other Tortallan girls Lady Alanna proved that women could be knights, but she had magic to help her Kel proves that anyone, so long as they have the determination, can win their shield Because she has no magic to help her along, a lot of her troubles are similar to those faced by students in the real world challenging classes, unfriendly classmates, strict teachers, conflict of ideas This is a school story in a way that few people write them any, where the school part is linked to the plot and not just background It s also a good way to shore up worldbuilding, because whenever Pierce shows a fragment of a class she s telling us something about Tortall as well as creating a sense of realism to the education her characters are undergoing.But that s not the only thing that makes Kel my favorite After all, the school setting was only a part of the story for the first two books though Squire was still education centric in a way, Lady Knight is far from it So at this point, when Kel has been knighted and is off serving the realm, far outside my personal knowledge experience base, what is it that makes her still sympathetic Without a doubt, it is her strength.You will be hard pressed to think of a heroine in recent YA who is as strong as this girl There are some good ones out there, though most of the barrel seems to be bad apples, but Kel trumps them all Her strength is not just physical or even mental, but in her convictions She has an absolutely stunning sense of duty and justice that just blows me away every time She has integrity And she is also honest with herself even though she believes in abstract concepts like duty and justice, and fights for them, she doesn t glorify the act of fighting nor pretend like her decisions have no consequencesYou all know why we re here, she told them You know the enemy He will be on us soon When he comes, we will fight not for some glorious cause, but to survive And do her decisions ever have consequences I wouldn t dream of spoiling it, but let me just remind you that, as we saw in the finale of Page, Kel will risk anything for people under her protection.Speaking of the people under her protection, the side characters in this book are just fantastic Even the ones who get just a sentence or two feel like real people view spoiler Which means it really sucks when they die in the next sentence hide spoiler If Alanna is Dana Scully petite, sharp tongued, redheaded quick with a weapon, and with a penchant for shadowy corners and impossible quests , Kel is a much less exuberant Leslie Knope hardworking, dedicated to civil service, willing to put in the work to make a difference in her community I ll always love Alanna, but there was something particularly special about this latest comfort re read of Kel s story I ll never be as selfless or stoic as Kel, as willing to stubbornly pursue injustice and stand up for those who can t but I wish I was It might be a problem with the novel that Kel has very few character flaws while Alanna has a temper and Daine is shy and scarred, Kel is hampered only by her gender and the inflexible standards of the men in power But I don t really care if this is bad writing or poor characterization, because what s important about Kel is that all of her achievements are driven through pure, sweaty, hard work Alanna had the Goddess s hand on her Daine had wild magic and a divine lineage Kel has a powerful moral compass and an indefatigable work ethic and clear eyed determination toward her goals Kel has grit And I guess this resonated with me because those are the qualities most valuable to me right now, the ones I most wish I could embody grit Hard work Putting in the time The clench teethed refusal to accept power imbalance and the mistreatment of those who cannot defend themselves In another context, it s easy to imagine Kel as a doctor Protector of the small, carer of the sick It s funny how many fierce, bookish women I ve met over the years who cop to a childhood fondness for Alanna We were special, we were strong, we took up our own swords in her likeness literally, for my best friend Hannah, a collegiate fencing champion But I wonder if, now, at 27, Kel isn t a better role model To bring this back to Leslie Knope in the Parks series finale, Leslie gives a commencement address at the University of Indiana She tells the class about the virtues of public service, and ends with an exhortation Find your team And get to work It s a phrase that s echoed around in my head since I heard it, because it seems like the most important thing I can with my life at this point Kel has a team too she would not have made it through knighthood, to Scanra, without a solid core of people and animals willing to go to bat and war for her And she did the work she ran when she could have walked, she fought when she could have looked the other way, she faced her fears when she could have accepted defeat I want to be like her, and like Leslie Where s my sword Buddy reread w Monica 2 1 15 2 4 15.This book was a beast.You cannot top Tamora Pierce in YA fantasy I don t care what anyone says, they are wrong Now you can argue which series of hers is best or even which protagonist the constant debate between Monica I Alanna or Kel but you cannot argue her brilliance.This final book had almost zero romance Which would normally make me cringe, but in true Tamora fashion you are so involved with her characters you just don t care I rooted for each and every one of them her side characters have purpose, not merely artificial compliments to her main character.My one itsy bitsy issue with this one Cleon view spoiler Tamora, I get why you let him go but you could have given my 10th grade self a little warning that the romance would end without a final meet between characters That was cruel hide spoiler

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 gro

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