Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

byTamora Pierce

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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

The path to knighthood is full of surprises. . . .

Keladry of Mindelan dreams of becoming squire to the famous female knight Alanna the Lioness, but she worries that she will not be selected by her hero—perhaps not by any knight master. When Kel is picked instead by the legendary Lord Raoul, the unexpected honor shocks her enemies across the realm. Kel must quickly prove herself up to the task, mastering her fighting and leadership skills while discovering what it takes to be part of the royal guard. A new romance is blossoming as well, bringing with it the rush of first love and the unexpected challenges of balancing knight work and a relationship. All the while, Kel prepares for her biggest fear: the infamous “Ordeal,” the last challenge that stands between her and knighthood.

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

Author Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1954. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Alanna: The First Adventure, was published in 1983 and she became a full-time author in 1992. She writes fantasy books, mainly involving young heroines, for...
Title:Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small QuartetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030743379X

ISBN - 13:9780307433794


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering This is such a fun book, I love the fantasy elements and that Kel is strong without magic. Another great one from Tamora Pierce!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coming of Age 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 is a great book! The description of tournaments are great, and pretty accurate! I love it when authors do research to enhance their books.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just keeps getting better I love reading about Kel's adventures and how her story is so different from Alanna's.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adventure! A world in which women can be knighted! How can it get any better than that? Oh, it can, Kel is the best role model for a young girl and the world is so well built! Read it.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book in the Series This book was great! I think it's the most enjoyable out of all the others, and it's a fun read the entire time. We got introduced to a new cast of characters and even got to see a few familiar faces, but the best part was seeing Kel learn new skills and become even more worthy of becoming a knight. Raoul may perhaps be my new favourite character. The beginning of the book, showing him taking on Kel as his squire was a great introduction to his character and to the book, and he was a fun person to read about the entire time. His aversion to parties and ladies of marriageable age is a great quirk, and he is also honourable and kind and that really made him my favourite character. I didn't particularly enjoy how Kel's romance was handled in this book, however, and it's a problem I always have with young adult fiction. Her relationship with Cleon felt forced; I would've preferred her being someone else's lover, like Neal's, if only because of the feelings she got. It may seem like infatuation, but she also had other reasons to like her friend. With her current lover, it felt like she only liked being with him because he gave her attention and like the way he kissed or the way his hands felt on her body. The way potential sex was treated was also bad - and this is done in a way I've often found in YA. Kel loses herself in the moment, and it isn't until something jars her out of it that she regains her sense - and that lack of responsibility for the moment has always irked me. It makes both people involved blameless for any actions that could take place, and that's not something that should be planted in the heads of teenagers - but it so often is. Kel is a smart girl, and to have her swept away like that cheapened her character and her relationship. The way Kel's leadership nature grew was explored well in this book, and we got to see her develop nicely amongst the King's Own. Every adventure was exciting, and it was great to see her so absorbed in her duty that her Ordeal wasn't too often on her mind. Her obstacles about being a female gaining knighthood were also finally explored well here, and it was great to have good role models helping her along the way. I didn't like the ending very much, though, although it is a continuation of how the other books ended. They also always stop too abruptly for me, but the ending of this one was still satisfactory and I was able to jump into the next one quickly enough to keep exploring Kel's story. Because of the characters and the adventures in this story, it definitely makes this the most exciting book in the series and I'd absolutely reread this book even right after having just finished it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action Packed! Kel's life takes a huge leap forward, now that she has completed her (unfair and sexist) probationary period and is now a fully fledged page. This book takes Kel to new challenges and new experiences, as she blooms both as a page and as a young woman. We meet her new maid, Lalasa, a pretty but timid young woman who finds herself the cruel target of salacious interest among the older pages. Kel is quick to protect Lalasa but also begins teaching her self-defense. This hints at where Kel's strengths lie: in protecting the weak and teaching. Kel proves to be patient, observant and an effective leader. I loved reading her growth as a page and young woman. A very interesting and lively development in Kel's journey.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome My favorite of this quartet.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! Tamora Pierce is the most talented author I have read a book by! She captivates the reader in a single sentence! I have re-read her books at least (at least) five times-Keep coming Tortall!
Date published: 2004-11-22