Series: Tortall #14

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Squire

Book Review: Tamora Pierce’s Squire

Third in the Protector of the Small series within the overall Tortall series. It revolves around Keladry of Mindelan, the second girl in the kingdom who wants to become a knight. My Take Parents, you really do want your girls to read this whole series. It promotes equality for girls and boys and shows the pluses and minuses of one’s reception when pursuing a dream. There are good and bad people in this series, just as there is in real life and Pierce provides plenty of examples of some good ways to meet the challenge. The empathy and friendship between Kel and her animals, her friends is just lovely. Not so lovely is Kel’s romance with Cleon as it becomes a bit fraught. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops in Lady Knight. I do love Kel’s twirling her glaive to demonstrate her abilities to Raoul and Flyn — Flyn is a bit gobsmacked by its weight, especially after seeing Kel manipulate it so easily. There’s a very nice treatment of alcoholism in this. Very subtle, but it comes through. The most critical point, at least from Alanna’s point of view, is that little girls throughout the kingdom are […]