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As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon's grueling physical training schedule.

Kel's detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities, to kidnapping her maid and dog on the day of final examinations.

The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel's second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits - coincidentally on the same day that she gets her first period!

Tamora Pierce revisits the imaginary Kingdom of Tortall in this sequel to First Test: Protector of the Small. Fans of Pierce's exotic fantasy sequences will be hard-pressed to put either book down. Kel is a valuable role model: she's proud of being a girl, and she never wavers in her conviction that she can do anything a boy can - and usually do it better. Some rather bloody battles as well as discussions about Kel's developing body make this book appropriate for more mature readers.

©2008 Listening Library (P)2004 Tamora Pierce

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Two versions of the book intermingled

This is not the fault of the narrator - I am not sure whether she read two different versions and someone did a bad blend, or she was given a mixed script - but the first 1/3 of the book is the UK translation (meters, kilograms) and the other 2/3 the American English is was written in (feet, pounds). For someone who has read the book several times, I found this very annoying.
I also agree with the previous reviewer that some of the voices (particularly Owen's) were just a little off. However, I thought that Berdadette Dunne did a great job with the other 3 books in this series.
Of the four, this is my least favorite listen. (Squire is my favorite).
Plotwise, the book is excellent, spanning Kel's second through fourth years as a page. She makes new animal friends and new human friends and enemies as she gets ready for her final trial as a page, with (of course) lots of tests and tribulations, especially at the end. The development of Kel's new maid is particularly interesting to watch.

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Pretty great

just a few pronunciation errors (IMO) of some of the names. There's only so much differentiation that can be done with voices and that's done pretty decently. I'll probably relisten when I start to miss tamora pierce's writing again lol.

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Great book and narrator

Overall great book and narrator. Great for adults and children! Love Kel! Can't wait to share with my little one!

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One of my all time favorites.

Great inspirational series for girls and women. This quartet is by far my favorite by Pierce taking place in Tortall. Have listened to it again and again. I wish I was Kel!

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Book good, narrator not so good

The book is great on audio, but the narrator makes some characters way too old sounding. A little more information for the narrator so that she knew the characters weren't in their 60's but were only in their mid 30's would have been nice. That was the only disheartening thing about the book and it kind of grates on your nerves after a while and takes away from the story.

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Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors

Loved it, well read and written by one of my favorite authors. I have bought all of her books available on audio and can't wait for more.

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YA fantasy

As a Young teen i loved the "Alanna" series by TP so when i listened to that again AS an adult and still liked it, i thought i would listen to this too. And it is very good. I May even have liked this series better if I did not have the "back to childhood" feeling when listening to the "alanna" series. So if you are into Young adult fantasy novels this will be a good listen. But even though u Can read it as a stand alone series, i would recommend Reading/listening to first the songs of the lioness series, then the immortals series and then this One - because there is a lot of references to the two other series and some of the characters in this series you already know and love from the other books.

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Great

Great story in a wonderful series. I recommend this book for young readers or those young at heart.

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Perseverance & kindness prevail

This is the second book in the Protector of the Small Quarter and follows Kel's goal to be a knight. What I liked most about this audiobook is the narrator's ability to capture action sequences as well as Kel's internal monologues. Kel is determined to be a knight, but she never loses track of her moral obligations. Highly recommended if you like female teen protagonists with your fantasy & swords.

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Great

I have read this book many times but I actually really like Bernadette Dunne's voice reading to me which was a pleasant surprise.