Lady Knight: Book 4 Of The Protector Of The Small Quartet by Tamora PierceLady Knight: Book 4 Of The Protector Of The Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Lady Knight: Book 4 Of The Protector Of The Small Quartet

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | August 24, 2004

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The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.

Victory is not always what it seems.

Keladry of Mindelan has finally achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a knight—but it’s not quite what she imagined. In the midst of a brutal war, Kel has been assigned to oversee a refugee camp. She’s sure it’s because Lord Wyldon still doesn’t see her as equal to the men. Nevertheless, she’s learning the importance of caring for people who have been robbed of their homes, wealth, and self-respect. Perhaps this battle is as important as the war with Scanra? When Kel has a vision of the man behind the horrific killing devices that her friends are fighting without her, will she honor her sworn duty . . . or embark on a quest that could turn the tide of the war?

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
TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to intr...
Title:Lady Knight: Book 4 Of The Protector Of The Small QuartetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:August 24, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375829083

ISBN - 13:9780375829086

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I loved this series. The way Pierce captures the struggles women face within a predominately male profession while still being a fantasy novel is phenomenal. 10/10 would recommend this book
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy YA Book I love this series and this is a great end. The maturity of the series increases with Kel's character, and I think it sends a good message of the importance of both independence and compassion to young girls.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend to YA readers I read this series as a kid and admired Kel so much for her strength and gall. A great read for a young person.To this day I wonder what happened after this final adventure.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great conclusion to Kel's story. She's a fascinating character, and her adventures are wonderful.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I love how the story is so realistic. You can imagine yourself there with Kel and feel all the hardships she's going through. Such a good story.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The finale This book showcases Kel as even more of a leader than ever before. She is as amazing as Tamora Pierce (my favourite writer). A wrap up of her story that will make you crave more Tortal legends! It's a good thing there are so many!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The End of a Good Series This was a good end to a good series. We saw Kel all the way through her trials, and now we got to see how she handled herself as an adult and as a knight after all her trials. Her title and the series' title, the Protector of the Small, finally makes sense here, although it can be seen throughout the other books clearly. The way she handled her demeaning role as leader of a refuge camp, being kept safe inside Tortall's borders, was great; we got to see how she handled herself in a leadership role, how she behaved as a lady knight, and how she used all the skills she had learned up until now. The way she gained respect from everyone in Haven, from the soldiers to the convicts, from the staff to the refuges, was believable and increased her honour and worth. Her fight to the end was enjoyable all the way through, making the slow trip there completely bearable. I didn't like how the "final boss" was dealt with so easily, however. It almost cheapened her effort, but the way she fought hard for the outcome was worth it in the end as she wasn't deemed a traitor and she saved the children and what was left of her people. The humour in the book was good, too. Tobe was a nice addition to the cast, and having Neal and Dom around was a nice touch. The pacing was great, and not a single scene felt out of place; everything flowed well. It wasn't the excitement I was expecting, but it suited Kel's end nicely. Our farewell to Kel was a good one. We left her in a valiant state where she proved herself and upheld her ideals no matter what the consequences were, and that is a great message to be left with. She was a great character to follow and her journeys were always fun to read, making this a series I would definitely revisit (again) in the future. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic ending to my favourite TP series! I've been a Tamora Pierce fan for a long time, re-reading her books even though I'm well past my teen years. Out of all of her characters, Kel is my favourite. With no magic and in a male-dominated field, Kel still manages to rise above her peers through dedication, determination, compassion, and a commitment to justice. Lady Knight is, without a doubt, a stunning book that demonstrates both how much Kel has developed as a character and how much she stays true to herself and her core principles. An incredible and poignant conclusion to the Protector of the Small series!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Worthy Conclusion It's always a nerve-wracking experience when you reach the conclusion of a beloved series. The Protector of the Small books have been a cherished series of my childhood, one that I appreciate as an adult now. When I reach the end of a series, I'm always concerned, "Is it going to end the way I hope? Is it worthy of the characters? Am I going to like it?!" Thankfully, Tamora Pierce did a STAND UP job! Kel's journey goes in an unexpected direction, now as the first official Lady Knight of the realm. War is upon them and she is ready to serve the crown, but she is instead sent to protect refugees. While this galls her, Kel knows that other knights may not be as understanding or kind to commoners as she would. Along the way, she meets Toby, an abused young stable hand who follows her faithfully through her journeys. Her loyal friends are still by her side, and we finally see Kel find her place among the knighthood. I loved the conclusion of this series, and hope to have a peek of more of Kel's adventures.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds up It's always awful to pick up your favorite books from your teenage years only to realize they aren't so good now that you're grown. This is not a problem with Tortall. These books hold up well and are a pleasant fantasy read.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, as always Tamora Pierce was always one of my 10 most favourite authors (she still is) and I think all her books are amazing! I don't know how she does it, but I am in University and still re-reading her books. I loved listening to the audiobooks produced with "Full Cast Audio", its like re-reading the books again because they had a different voice for each character. In summary, Tamora Pierce is absolutely amazing, no doubt about it!
Date published: 2008-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lady Knight When I picked up this book for the first time, I couldn't put it down. In less than 2 hours, I had read it! Now I have read it four or five times, and I am still loving it!
Date published: 2006-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lady Knight This book is awesome everybody should read it!
Date published: 2005-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent read This series is rather exceptional, Tamora Pierce has done it once again. From First Test to Lady Knight I found myself captivated and wanting to read faster just so I could get to the end. If you like fantasy in the midevil world this series is for you.
Date published: 2005-02-05

Read from the Book

Storm WarriorsKeladry of Mindelan lay with the comfortable black blanket of sleep wrapped around her. Then, against the blackness, light moved and strengthened to show twelve large, vaguely rat- or insectlike metal creatures, devices built for murder. The killing devices were magical machines made of iron-coated giants' bones, chains, pulleys, dagger-fingers and -toes, and a long, whiplike tail. The seven-foot-tall devices stood motionless in a half circle as the light revealed what lay at their feet: a pile of dead children. With the devices and the bodies visible, the light spread to find the man who seemed to be the master of the creations. To Keladry of Mindelan, known as Kel, he was the Nothing Man. He was almost two feet shorter than the killing devices, long-nosed and narrow-mouthed, with small, rapidly blinking eyes and dull brown hair. His dark robe was marked with stains and burns; his hair was unkempt. He always gnawed a fingernail, or scratched a pimple, or shifted from foot to foot. Once that image-devices, bodies, man-was complete, Kel woke. She stared at the shadowed ceiling and cursed the Chamber of the Ordeal. The Chamber had shown Kel this vision, or variations of it, after her formal Ordeal of knighthood. As far as Kel knew, no one else had been given any visions of people to be found once a squire was knighted. As everyone she knew understood it, the Ordeal was straightforward enough. The Chamber forced would-be knights to live through their fears. If they did this without making a sound, they were released, to be proclaimed knights, and that was the end of the matter. Kel was different. Three or four times a week, the Chamber sent her this dream. It was a reminder of the task it had set her. After her Ordeal, before the Chamber set her free, it had shown her the killing devices, the Nothing Man, and the dead children. It had demanded that Kel stop it all. Kel guessed that the Nothing Man would be in Scanra, to the north, since the killing devices had appeared during Scanran raids on Tortall last summer. Trapped in the capital by a hard winter, with travel to the border nearly impossible, Kel had lived with growing tension. She had to ride north as soon as the mountain passes opened if she was to sneak into Scanra and begin her search for the Nothing Man. Every moment she remained in Tortall invited the growing risk that the king would issue orders to most knights, including Kel, to defend the northern border. The moment Kel got those orders, she would be trapped. She had vowed to defend the realm and obey its monarchs, which would mean fighting soldiers, not hunting for a mage whose location was unknown. "Maybe I'll get lucky. Maybe I'll ride out one day and find there's a line of killing devices from the palace right up to the Nothing Man's door," she grumbled, easing herself out from under her covers. Kel never threw off her blankets. With a number of sparrows and her dog sharing her bed, she might smother a friend if she hurried. Even taking care, she heard muffled cheeps of protest. "Sorry," she told her companions, and set her feet on the cold flagstones of her floor. She made her way across her dark room and opened the shutters on one of her windows. Before her lay a courtyard and a stable where the men of the King's Own kept their horses. The torches that lit the courtyard were nearly out. The pearly radiance that came to the eastern sky in the hour before dawn fell over snow, stable, and the edges of the palace wall beyond. The scant light showed a big girl of eighteen, broadshouldered and solid-waisted, with straight mouse-brown hair cut short below her earlobes and across her forehead. She had a dreamer's hazel eyes, set beneath long, curling lashes, odd in contrast to the many fine scars on her hands and the muscles that flexed and bunched under her nightshirt. Her nose was still unbroken and delicate after eight years of palace combat training, her lips full and quicker to smile than frown. Determination filled every inch of her strong body. Motion in the shadows at the base of the courtyard wall caught her eye. Kel gasped as a winged creature waddled out into the open courtyard, as ungainly on its feet as a vulture. The flickering torchlight caught and sparked along the edges of metal feathers on wings and legs. Steel legs, flexible and limber, ended in steel-clawed feet. Between the metal wings and above the metal legs and feet was human flesh, naked, hairless, grimy, and in this case, male. The Stormwing looked at Kel and grinned, baring sharp steel teeth. His face was lumpy and unattractive, marked by a large nose, small eyes, and a thin upper lip with a full lower one. He had the taunting smile of someone born impudent. "Startle you, did I?” he inquired. Kel thanked the gods that the cold protected her sensitive nose, banishing most of the Stormwing's foul stench. Stormwings loved battlefields, where they tore corpses to pieces, urinated on them, smeared them with dung, then rolled in the mess. The result was a nauseating odor that made even the strongest stomach rebel. Her teachers had explained that the purpose of Stormwings was to make people think twice before they chose to fight, knowing what might happen to the dead when Stormwings arrived. So far they hadn't done much good as far as Kel could see: people still fought battles and killed each other, Stormwings or no. Tortall’s Stormwing population was thriving. But this was the first time she'd seen one on palace grounds. Kel glared at him. “Get out of here, you nasty thing! Shoo!” "Is that any way to greet a future companion?" demanded the Stormwing, raising thin brown brows.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us.” —HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author“Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words.” —MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another.” —TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy“It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers.” —RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author “In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!” —BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author “Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing.” —RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author “Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river.” —GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author“Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them.” —NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author “Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn’t just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire.” —KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale “Tamora Pierce’s bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood.” —CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land “Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court.” —JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning “Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I’d encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and to be honest, she’s never left.” —ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug