Protector of the Small

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840 ratings

First Test Publisher's Summary

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) 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 more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out.
©1999 Tamora Pierce (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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  • Book 1

    • First Test

    • Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 766
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 587
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 588

    In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) 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. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bernadette

    • By Vincent on 11-20-16

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 2

    • Page

    • Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 676
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 537

    As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training, 11-year-old Keladry has a battle to fight. 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 exams. The tide begins to turn during the summer, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits - on the same day that she gets her first period!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Two versions of the book intermingled

    • By Jean Reads on 11-08-10
    • Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-14-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 676 ratings

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 3

    • Squire

    • Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 695
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 546
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 555

    When Keladry of Mindelan is chosen by the legendary Lord Raoul to be his squire, the conservatives of the realm hardly think she's up to the job. Kel quickly proves her ability as a jouster, warrior, and guardian of a fiery griffin, ultimately earning respect and admiration among the men, as well as the affection of a fellow squire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, okay performance

    • By Leah F. on 07-16-12
    • Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 05-12-09
    • 5 out of 5 stars 695 ratings

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 4

    • Lady Knight

    • Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
    • By: Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 703
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 568
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 576

    Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it's not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could turn the tide of war. Unrelentingly realistic in its depiction of the horrors of war, Pierce provides exquisite details of the weaponry, topography, and culture of her world, and her control of a voluminous cast of characters is masterful.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, Slightly Better-than-Average Reader.

    • By Alison on 04-29-13

    Regular price: $35.93