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Page: Book 2 Of The Protector Of The Small Quartet

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | August 24, 2004

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The second book in the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.

When they think you will fail . . . fail to listen.
As the only female page in history to pass the first year of training to become a knight, Keladry of Mindelan is a force to be reckoned with. But even with her loyal circle of friends at her side, Kel’s battle to prove herself isn’t over yet. She is still trying to master her paralyzing fear of heights and keep up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling training schedule. When a group of pages is trapped by bandits, the boys depend on Kel to lead them to safety. The kingdom’s nobles are beginning to wonder if she can succeed far beyond what they imagined. And those who hate the idea of a female knight are getting desperate—they will do anything to thwart her progress.

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:Page: Book 2 Of The Protector Of The Small QuartetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 24, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375829075

ISBN - 13:9780375829079

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Please! Book two of the quartet and Kel continues her journey to become a knight, while also having to deal with all the issues associated with growing up.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Book I love how this series matures with Kel. This is a great followup and addition to the Tortall world.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read! I enjoyed the story as well as having the display of women empowerment. One really gets the sense from this story the struggles that come with developing your sense of justice, skills, and leadership, not just as a person but as a woman, and seeing the unique struggles that come with accomplishing this was interesting and exciting. Would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series for Tweens I read this series as a kid and admired Kel so much for her strength and gall. A great read for a young person.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This continues to be a great series, with a great heroine!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I can't say enough good things about Tamora Pierce and all her books. They are all amazing and this one is no exception!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best kind of fantasy This series is wonderful! Every teenage girl should read it for the role models alone. The fantasy is just the best and the world continues into other series'.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Mix Between Exploring Fantasy and Becoming a Woman This was yet another enjoyable book in the Protector of the Small series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, but it was still a good read and it wasn't boring at any point in the story. I won't talk about the world and the characters because I've already discussed that in my review of the first book, so my review of this novel will be mostly about the plot. This story is where we truly see how Kel develops her sense of justice and need to protect those who can't protect themselves. Lalasa really brings this out in her, and it really comes to light at the end of the novel where Lalasa gets kidnapped and Kel, remembering how the woman had told her, at an earlier point in the story, that she knew she would come for her, decides to help her at risk of redoing her page years or giving up becoming a knight altogether. We also see how she gets over her fear of heights through her efforts and that final task, and it's very satisfactory to see that she succeeds in being able to take her tests as a reward for her hard work and her valiance. Kel's fears, hopes, and dreams are believable ones, and it's nice to see how she succeeds and fails based on the actions she takes because of the things she believes in. The way the author brings up things from the first book for the reader to remember isn't boring, and had I not delved into this book so soon after reading the first I would've welcomed the reminders. What I also liked was how Kel began to develop into a woman and how it was dealt with, but I would've preferred a few more mentions about her adjusting to her period (although I can see why that might bore some readers). Again, feminism wasn't beaten over my head and I was glad that Kel fought to deserve a place beside the boys instead of claiming equality as though she should get by in the same way others could. Having Wyldon assist her along the way properly, and without hindering her or making it easy for her because she was a girl was a nice touch, and it was great to have such a firm character be likeable even though his ideals aren't the ideal ones. I didn't like how puberty was blamed for her "sudden" feelings for Neal, though. Her becoming attractive to so many people felt a bit forced, but the biggest problem for me was that it was as if Kel didn't mentally like Neal as much as she physically did – in the sense that her womanhood had forced it onto her instead of it being something she saw in him. The small things with Joren and Cleon are well played, though, and it was nice to see how time changed people – and how quickly three years had gone by. This is perhaps the slowest and least eventful book in the series, but it's a great book to see where Kel really begins to bloom in her leadership skills – such as when she faced those bandits and continued to fight first year page hazing – and in other aspects, and it's a great segue into the next book where we get to cheer her on and see how she uses all the skills she's developed as a page into something meaningful and worth all her efforts. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is my favorite. It is full of adventure.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story Full of Magic!!! well fiction!! Wow this book is really good!! I was left amazed!! The author discribes all her characters very well well i dont really noe wut else 2 say but it is a awsome book!! Cant wait until i read squire!!
Date published: 2005-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinated Book!! Wow!! This book is amazing!!! I thougth that first test (book 1) was really good 2 but this one is even better!!! i luved it!!! Cant wait until I read Squire!! EXCELLENT JOB TAMORA PIERCE!!!
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book I first fell in love with the Song of The Lioness Quartet, and is sure up there with it.. excellent job Tamora Pierce.. excellent job!
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I thought this book was really good! I love most of Tamora's books, but i think this is one of the best.
Date published: 2004-07-15

Read from the Book

PAGE KELADRYFall that year was warm. Heat lay in a blanket over the basin of the River Olorun, where the capital of Tortall covered the banks. No breath of air stirred the pennants and flags on their poles. The river itself was a band of glass, without a breeze anywhere to ruffle its shinning surface. Traffic in the city moved as if the air were thick honey No one with sense cared to rush. Behind the royal palace, eleven-year-old Keladry of Mindelan stared at the rising ground that led from the training yards to the pages' wing and decided that she had no sense. She felt as if she'd let people beat her with mallets all morning. Surely it was too hot for her to do as she normally did -run up that hill to reach her rooms and bathe. After all, she would be the only one to know if she walked today. Who would think this cursed harness would make such a difference? she wondered, reaching under her canvas practice coat to finger broad leather straps. At some point during her first year as page, she had learned that second-, third-, and fourth-years wore weighted- harnesses, and that more weights were -added every four months, but she had never considered it in terms of herself Now she wished that she had donned something of the kind in the empty summer months, when she made the daily trek to the palace to keep up her training. If she had, she wouldn’t ache so much now. She wiped her sleeve over her forehead. It's not even like you're carrying a lot - of weight, she scolded herself. Eight little disks- maybe two pounds in lead. You trained last year and all summer with lead-weighted weapons, just to build your strength. This can’t be that different! But it was. Hand-to-hand combat, staff work, archery, and riding took extra effort with two pounds of lead hanging on her shoulders, chest, and back. I've got to run, she told herself wearily. If I don’t move soon, I'll be late to wash and late to lunch, and Lord Wy1don will give me punishment work. So heat or no, I have to go up that hill. I may as well run it. She waited a moment more, steeling herself. She hated this run. That slowly rising ground was torture on her legs even last spring, when she'd been running it off and on for more than half a year. No stranger, looking at her, would have thought this disheveled girl was the sort to cause a storm of argument at court. She had a dreamer's quiet hazel eyes, framed in long lashes, and plain brown hair that she wore cropped as short as a boy's. Her nose was small and delicate, her skin tan and dusted with freckles. She was big for a girl of eleven, five feet three inches tall and solidly built. Only someone who looked closely at her calm face would detect a spark in her level gaze, and determination in her mouth and chin. At last she groaned and began to trot up the hill. Her path took her behind the mews, the kennels, and the forges. Men and women in palace livery and servants' garb waved as she ran past. A woman told some kennel workers, "Looka here- tol' ya she'd be back!" Kel smiled through pouring sweat. No one had thought that the old-fashioned training master would allow the first-known girl page in over a century to stay after her first year. When Lord WyIdon surprised the world and allowed Kel to stay, many had assumed Kel would "come to her senses" and drop out over the summer holiday. You’d think by now they'd know I won't quit, she thought as she toiled on up the hill. She was lurching when she reached the kitchen gardens, her shortcut to the pages' wing. There she had to catch her breath. An upended bucket did for a seat. She inhaled the scents of marjoram, sage, and thyme, massaging her calf muscles. For the hundredth time she wished she could use the palace baths as the boys did, instead of having to go all the way to her room to wash up. "Hi! You!" cried a male voice from the direction -of the kitchens. "Come back with those sausages!" Kel got to her feet. A cook raced out of the kitchen, waving a meat cleaver. Empty beanpoles, stripped after the harvest, went flying as he crashed through them. Metal flashed as the cleaver chopped through the air. The man doubled back and ran on, plainly chasing something far smaller than he. Once he stumbled; once he dropped the cleaver. On he came, cursing. The dog he pursued raced toward Kel. A string of fat sausages hung from his jaws. With a last burst of speed, the animal ducked behind Kel. The cook charged them, cleaver raised. "I'll kill YOU this time!" he screeched, face crimson with fury. Kel put her hands on her hips. "Me or the dog?" "Out of the way, page!" he snarled, circling to her left. "He's stolen his last meal!" As she turned to keep herself between the man and his prey, Kel glanced behind her. The dog huddled by her seat, gobbling his catch. "Stop right there," Kel ordered the man. "Move, or I'll report this to my lord Wyldon," he snapped. "I'll get that mongrel good and proper!" Kel gathered dog and sausages up in her arms. "You1l do no such thing," she retorted. The dog, knowing what was important, continued to gorge. "You'll hand that animal over now, my lad, if you know what's right,” the servant told her. "He's naught but a thieving stray. He's got to be stopped." "With a meat cleaver?" demanded Kel. "If that's what it takes.”No," she said flatly. "No killing. I'll see to it the dog doesn't steal from you." "Sausages is worth money! Who's to pay for them? Not me!" Kel reached instinctively for her belt and sighed, impatient with herself She didn't wear her purse with training clothes. "Go to Salma Aynnar, In charge of the pages' wing," she said loftily. "Tell her Keladry of Mindelan requests that she pay you the cost of these sausages from my pocket money. And you'd better not overcharge her," she added. "Kel ... Oh, Mithros's"- he looked at her and changed what he'd been about to say-"shield. You're the girl. Being softhearted will do you no good, mistress," he informed her. "Be sure I'll get my money. And if I see that animal here again” -he pointed at Kel's armful-"I'll chop him up for cat-meat, see if I won't!" He thrust his cleaver into his belt and stomped back to the kitchens, muttering. Kel adjusted her hold on the dog and his prize and headed for the pages' wing. "We aren’t allowed pets, you know," she informed her passenger. "With my luck, all those sausages will make you sick, and I'll have to clean it up." She passed through an open door into the cool stone halls of the palace. As she trotted along, she examined her armful. The dog's left car was only a tatter. He was gray-white for the most part; black splotches adorned the end of his nose, hi§- only whole ear, and his rump. The rest of him was scars, healing scrapes, and staring ribs. His sausages eaten, he peered up into her face with two small, black, triangular eyes and licked her. His tail, broken in two places and healed crookedly, beat her arm. "I am not your friend," Kel said as she reached her door.

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