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I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Book Review: Protector of the Small Quartet

General review--no real spoilers

The "Protector of the Small" quartet contains four books: First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight
By Tamora Pierce

Though these books don't cover any new ground, and though I still think the Alanna books are the best in the Tortall series, I really enjoyed this series and would recommend it to anyone looking for female-friendly fantasy. The basic plot: Kel, a girl, wants to become a knight--and though it's now possible for girls to go through the training (thanks to Lady Knight Alanna), no girl has ever tried. (And obviously, by the title of the books, Kel succeeds, though she goes through many trials and hardships along the way.)

My favorite parts of the series: the main character is a strong person, yet she can learn and grow through the series; she has a special bond with animals (and there are lots of cats, horses, and birds in the book--which I adore); the books are very sex-friendly; and there's great continuity with Pierce's previous Tortall books. The fourth book is much darker and "older" than the other three, which is fitting because the character (and possibly the audience) is more mature, and also because it was being written when 9/11 happened. The author lives in NY, and she writes about the effects of 9/11 on this book in the afterword.

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