First Test

First Test In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood Up against the traditional hazing of

  • Title: First Test
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780439982566
  • Page: 417
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  • First Test

    In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires He is absolutely against girls becoming knights So wIn the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires He is absolutely against girls becoming knights So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good natured Kel even from her fellow trainees during the tough first year But Kel Is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out

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    1. Allison

      Recently I decided to reread all of Tamora Pierce's books, because, well, it's been too long since I read them. For her Lioness Quartet, Circle of Magic books, and The Immortals series, I was refreshing my memory, but with the Protector of the Small series, it was almost like reading them for the first time. I read this series only once, when I was a preteen, and I had honestly forgotten just how much I love Kel.At first glance, the story of Keladry of Mindalen seems like a rewrite of Tamora Pie [...]

    2. Rachel E. Carter

      No review I could ever write would do this book (or series) justice. This series to me is the pinnacle of Tamora Pierce's career. She had many wonderful books but the emotional and physical turmoil her protagonist Kel goes through to earn her knighthood is nothing that I have ever experienced in another YA book. Kel perseveres against every trial imaginable, and while at times she can seem a bit too mature (she's only 10 in this one!), she is unique and refreshing in a world of cliche. She is wh [...]

    3. LolaReviewer

      This is my first book/series from Tamora Pierce, meaning that I did not read her Song of the Lioness series prior. However, although Alanna, and as I discovered, multiple other characters from the author’s other books in the same world are mentioned, I did not feel as though there was something I was missing to enjoy this particular story.Actually, because Alanna was mentioned so many times, I now feel very interested in picking Pierce’s Song of the Lioness up. Though it’s true there are s [...]

    4. Dichotomy Girl

      3rd Read: 12/16/2016Edit: Raised this up to 5 Stars, because after discussing it with Rachel E. Carter, I've decided that yes, Kel is the awesomest. :)I had forgotten how good this series is. It's hard to decide which is my favorite, this one or Alanna.2nd Read: 7/20/2015Original Read: 11/11/2012

    5. Kat

      I started this series with the thought that it was going to be a do over of Pierce's previous, successful Alanna the Lioness Quartet, which followed a girl (named Alanna, of course) who dressed like a boy and took her twin brother's place in page training while he took her place in magic school (not dressed as a girl). The four books of that quartet follow her progress from page, to squire, to knight and king's champion--with her sex being discovered along the way. I was pleasantly surprised to [...]

    6. Emily (BellaGrace)

      I liked this book - listened to it as an audio book. It was a quick, fast read. I was mostly interested, but the story was entirely predictable. My biggest problem was that Kel is a 10 year old girl, but at no time did she actually act like it. She was way too mature for her age - both in how she acted, her physical abilities and even how she spoke. It was in no way believable that she was a child. My other gripe is: (view spoiler)[ I rolled my eyes for the entire ending - the idea that the elit [...]

    7. Kogiopsis

      I am going to save my reminiscing about this series for the third book. Or at least I'm going to try. Some might creep in unnoticed.First off:I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS I HATE SPIDRENS.Spidrens were, actually, the first Immortals I ever read about, because I went straight from the Lioness Quartet to this series. So in the first chapter or so, when Kel finds a spidren biting the heads off kittens, I was deeply disturbed. I still am. What I love about that scene is Kel's react [...]

    8. Lucy Ralston

      This book changed my childhood. I had read stories about lady knights before--about women dressing as men, fighting the odds, and changing the world. But this story is different. Kel doesn't dress in drag, she doesn't hide herself, she doesn't try to change the world. She just wants to be a knight, and will do whatever it takes to achieve her goal. She is my number one female character in a YA novel, and that has not changed in a long long time.I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone [...]

    9. Beth

      Alanna clenched her fists. What was going on? Was Jonathan inclined to give way to the man who'd saved his children?And with that, possibly the stupidest line Pierce has ever written, Kel's story begins. I'm big on details lately, and the introduction is shaky on them. Here are more places the writing is less than precise:The training master absently rubbed the arm in its linen sling. At last he bowed in his chair. "May we compromise, sire?"Maybe that first line is here to show Wyldon's hesitati [...]

    10. Bridget Mckinney

      Before starting to read the Protector of the Small quartet, I read that Kel was just another Alanna and that the books are basically Song of the Lioness all over again. I was actually okay with that going into this series, since I love Alanna and think that there are far worse things Kel could have been than just like her. I'm happy to report, however, that although there are similarities between Alanna and Kel, their experiences are extremely different and Kel's story expands upon and continues [...]

    11. Cassandra

      I recommend this book to two (not mutually exclusive) groups of people: kids who love Harry Potter and are looking for something to read next, and girls looking for a heroine who is not just a badass, but an Interesting Person to boot. Review of entire series:I read this series so many times in my teenage years, I nearly wore out the library copy. I was never over-impressed with Pierce's writing, but Keladry's quiet strength got under my skin and fascinated me. So many literary heroines are more [...]

    12. Dorothea

      (re-read on May 26, 2013, the occasion of this review)May I say first that whoever thought this cover (trendily cropped photograph of a conventionally beautiful young woman with her lips parted and wearing some sort of floating veil) was an improvement over this cover (painting of a ten-year-old child with an androgynous haircut, looking out optimistically at the world through her black eye, holding a kitten and surrounded by little birds) should be smacked with their own portfolio?Thank you.All [...]

    13. Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku

      Ten years after Alanna becomes King's Champion, a female of Tortall finally wants to become a page-- and eventually a knight of the realm. What sounds at first as a repeat of the Song of the Lioness quartet is quickly revealed to be much more. While our protagonist, Kelandry of Mindalen, is following the same path as Alanna, the road the walks is completely different. Tamora Pierce takes what could have been a copycat novel and turns a parallel story into something refreshing and new.From the st [...]

    14. Wealhtheow

      After King Jonathan took the throne, he decreed that women could train as knights as well. But more than a decade has passed since Alanna was unveiled as a female knight, and still no other female member of a noble house has come forth to be trained. No one--until Keladry. The daughter of ambassadors, Kel spent her childhood in lands where women were trained warriors, and intends to become one herself. Jonathon's hide-bound nobles aren't pleased with this change of tradition, and to placate them [...]

    15. Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

      This and my other reviews can be found at amethystbookwyrm/First Test is about Keladry of Mindelan, the first girl who wishes to become a knight since Lady Alanna. She has been accepted for knight training, however, unlike the boys she will study and train beside, she has been given a First Test, one year to prove to the conservative training master that she is able to withstand the rigors of page training.The storyline of this book progresses in a very good yet predictable way. There are boys w [...]

    16. Connor

      Every time I reread this book, I find myself loving it even more. From Kel and Neal's unlikely friendship to her stalwart, solid sense of loyalty and justice, I could probably reread this series every month and not grow tired of it. Plus, nothing sends me to tears quicker than Kel peeling into a hallway shouting to her friends that she can stay for the rest of their training.edit from Nov. 2016: I have apparently reached the "read Kel's books twice a year" stage. I needed the encouragement after [...]

    17. Arielle Walker

      One of my favourite books from my childhood, along with the Lioness quartet. Will review properly later when I don't have a detailed essay (on the use of moving image/film as an art form to explore social media and psychosis) to conclude.Came across my 2003 school reading log, and I think my ten-year-old self actually describes this book best. In my own ten-year-old words: "Excellent, I like the idea that girls are at least as good as boys, if not better!"

    18. Kay

      I've read this book (this series) over a dozen times over the last decade and a half. Kel has been my rock (stone), and Tamora Pierce has been my strength. The Protector of the Small series has taught me feminism and fairness and strength and how to overcome it all.Tortall is one of my happy places, and I'm so happy to return and find it unchanged after all these years.Tamora Pierce is a FANTASTIC writer, a great world-builder, and a master of character development.

    19. DNF with Jack Mack

      Five characters mentioned in the first sentence. Clearly this is not intended for people ignorant of the earlier series. My first attempt at this author, because it was the first number one in a series to became available. Ever seen "Minority Report" where he does the hands out thing to interact with the computer? After the third restart, I had to sit still and do that, just to track the sentence. Of Course, Tamora is on Overdrive like black on wild rice, so maybe she writes these in her sleep. [...]

    20. Ashley

      I am very excited because my big reread has finally gotten to the Kel books, and Kel is my *FAVORITE* Tamora Pierce heroine. She doesn't have magic powers, so she gets everything done on her own. She's stubborn, she works incredibly hard, and she always stands up to a bully. I also have always loved Neal and his dramatics, even though this time around I couldn't help wondering, what kind of 15-year-old is perfectly happy to spend so much time with 10 to 13-year-olds? Doesn't he ever want to talk [...]

    21. Elaine

      I remember not liking this quartet very much when I first read it. I thought it was a less interesting retelling of Alanna’s quartet (which starts with Alanna: The First Adventure), which is also by Tamora Pierce.However, this series has grown on me over the years. It’s better written than Pierce's previous quartets, and the side characters are more fleshed out. Kel stills seems far too wise beyond her years to me, and her lack of emotion is annoying, especially in the earlier books. I don [...]

    22. Rachael (RedRchlReads)

      4 Stars!What a great start to the next Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. I've loved revisiting old haunts and familiar faces throughout the realm!First Test was a really fun a cute book, with a lot of similarities to Alanna: The First Adventure, yet with enough differences to make it unique and fresh. I absolutely loved Kel. She is the first female to try for knighthood since Alanna, and the first to do so openly as a girl. (Alanna kept herself disguised as a boy throughout her training.)Kel is s [...]

    23. Kayla Edwards

      Oh these books, every time I read them it's like visiting a best friend. I adore Kel today as much as I did when these books were first published; I will forever be grateful to Tamora Pierce for creating this fantastic heroine because "bless [her], [she is] real." Kel doesn't have the Gift or any wild magic to help her. She gets everything only through grimy, hard work and persistence just like the rest of us and I admire her so much for it. I reread these books ALL THE TIME because I need that. [...]

    24. Robin

      I freely admit: I am a sucker for stories set in some sort of academy or boarding school. I adore the literary equivalent of the training montage, preferably as detailed as possible, with lots of excruciating challenges, stern but wise teachers, and a clear and compelling purpose. Ideally, we see it all from the perspective of a scrappy, smart female overcoming the odds to grow into inevitable awesomeness the likes of which no one ever could have expected (except for the reader because we know h [...]

    25. Kylara Jensen

      I love this book. I think this series is my favorite Tamora Pierce series and amongst my all-time most read of books. I was struck by a sudden desire to reread these books and it was like a hug from an old friend. Although this time I definitely am finding it crazy that a 10 year old did all that. Ten years old?! Kel is awesome!

    26. Malcolm Everett

      Kel is the only girl training to be a page in her year. Sexism is rampant, of course, so Kel must work twice as hard as her adversaries to prove her worth and strength. This was a straightforward but enjoyable read. It’s the first book I’ve read by Tamora Pierce after giving up on Trickster’s Choice back in middle school. Pierce is clearly a talented writer, especially when it comes to action scenes. Despite this sounding more like a children’s book, she’s not afraid to get a bit dark [...]

    27. Forever Young Adult

      Graded By: StephanieCover Story: Selfie With A CastleBFF Charm: YaySwoonworthy Scale: 0Talky Talk: Take TwoBonus Factors: Sparrows, GlaivesAnti-Bonus Factor: BulliesRelationship Status: Sparring PartnersRead the full book report here.

    28. Sophie

      This book was pretty fantastic. It concerns Keladry, the first girl to try for her knighthood since Alanna became a knight and a proclamation was issued that any girl may become a page. Despite the proclamation, many are still resistant to the idea of women being knights, and Kel does not have an easy time of things.It's fascinating to compare Kel's and Alanna's experiences and how different they are. Kel's family is supportive of her decision to try for her knighthood, and Kel's mother is a for [...]

    29. Andree

      3.5 stars. I don't know. It's such a set-up book. And I say this as someone who loves set-up books generally. I enjoy Neal, and Kel's other first year page friends. And Cleon amuses me as well.But okay, I get what the point of this book is. I get that Kel has to encounter resistance because she's a girl and she wants to become a knight. But it sort of feels like Pierce is trying to have her cake and eat it too with all this emphasis on the "old guard" in Tortall. Based on the Daine series (which [...]

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