First Test

First Test

Book - 1999
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Kel will not allow this first test to be her last. Her adventure begins in the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.

Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall--one that allows females to train for knighthood. After years in the Yamani Islands, she knows that women can be warriors, and now that she's returned home, Kel is determined to achieve her goal. She believes she is ready for the traditional hazing and grueling schedule of a page. But standing in Kel's way is Lord Wyldon. The training master is dead set against girls becoming knights. He says she must pass a one-year trial that no male page has ever had to endure. It's just one more way to separate Kel from her fellow trainees. But she is not to be underestimated. She will fight to succeed, even when the test is unfair.

More timely than ever, the Protector of the Small series is Anti-Bullying 101 while also touching on issues of bravery, friendship, and dealing humanely with refugees against a backdrop of an action-packed fantasy adventure.

"Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration. Cracking open one of her marvelous novels always feels like coming home."
-- SARAH J. MAAS , #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, and savvy. Her stories still lead the vanguard today. Pierce is the real lioness, and we're all just running to keep pace."
-- LEIGH BARDUGO , #1 New York Times bestselling author
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1999.
ISBN: 9780375829055
Branch Call Number: YA PIE


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Jan 14, 2021

First Test by Tamora Pierce follows the adventures of Keladry of Mindelan through a fictional and medieval world. This book follows up the Immortal quartet, and the Song of the Lioness. In this world a decree was recently released allowing women to train for knighthood as well. After a dangerous encounter, Keladry decides to try and begins a probation trial period for a year. Keladry battles many new foes, makes friends, and begins something no one has ever tried before in this world. It is a fun, adventurous, book filled with comedy and battle.

Aug 08, 2019

Very similar to the Alanna series in terms of strong female leads who will never give up. However, Kel has a completely different personality, which in many ways furthers the emphasis on the fact that any girl can break societal norms if she chooses to. This is a book I will definitely read again.

Jul 02, 2019

The Protector of the Small series is similar to the Lioness series in that there’s a strong female lead. The main character, Keladry, faces issues of gender bias, gender inequality and has to prove herself at every turn. The reader accompanies Kel through the journey to knighthood and experiences the challenges of womanhood through Kel. Challenges that parallel modern day experiences. One of the differences between this series and that of the Lioness is the magical aspect. It’s still present, but not evident in Kel. She does not have ‘the gift’. This series is much more relatable. There is a diversity of characters that is refreshing. It’s evident that the author researched medieval combat and battle tactics. The details are just enough to get the picture without losing the reader.

May 30, 2017

This feels VERY similar to Alanna; it's different and still good but I felt like I was getting flashbacks. I like Kell and how she addresses her problems because she is so disciplined, which Alanna was definitely not. But I am enjoying this new take on the knighthood process and meeting all of their children. It's a good continuation and I'm excited to see where the adventure goes.

Mar 04, 2017

ohmigod, i have to say...i loved this book!!! i love how alanna (from song of the lioness quartet) is mentioned!!! i love when books have a female main character!!! most of all, i recently started reading tamora's books and I LOVE her!!

Sep 23, 2016

The first Protector of the Small book tells of Kel's fight to become an accepted and equally-treated first-year page. Pierce places Kel in a position that many women currently find themselves in: whilst the laws may have been changed to favour gender equality, the reality of entering into a traditionally male domain presents many hurdles. Kel is accepted into the royal page program, however is placed on probation for the first year. Keladry hates bullies, and after realizing that Joren of Stone Mountain and his friends were bullying first year pages, defied tradition and started patrolling the halls, fighting the boys whenever she found them hurting others. Nealan, (Neal), one of the oldest page in the history of pages, becomes her best friend as well as her sponsor, and the other first-year pages gradually accept her as she defends them from the bullies. The first in a quartet (Page, Squire and Lady Knight), Kel’s story will stay with you.

Feb 06, 2014

It is a good book, but I didn't feel as attached to the protagonist as with the 'Song of the Lioness' quartet.

May 22, 2013

Probably my favorite series from Pierce, this has a strong, female character that everyone can enjoy.

Aug 20, 2012

Strong female protagonist. Love her inner dialogue. "Girl pursuing male-dominated activity" is not a new story, but Kel's story doesn't feel tired or overdone. Recommend for middle grade readers (8 or 9+).

Aug 08, 2012

A great read for young adults!

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