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Lady Knight 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 VOYA

  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • Lady Knight
  • Tamora Pierce
  • English
  • 07 April 2019
  • 0375829083

About the Author: Tamora Pierce

Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join groups, I m going to turn them all down I just don t have the time to take part, so please don t be offended if I don t join your group or accept an invitation I m not snooty I m just up to my eyeballs in work and appearances Also, don t be alarmed by the number of books I ve read When I get bored, I go through the different lists and rediscover books I ve read in the past It s a very evil way to use up time when I should be doing other things Obviously, I ve read a lot of books in 54 years I was born in South Connellsville, PA My mother wanted to name me Tamara but the nurse who filled out my birth certificate misspelled it as Tamora When I was 8 my family moved to California, where we lived for 6 years on both sides of the San Francisco peninsula.I started writing stories in 6th grade My interest in fantasy and science fiction began when I was introduced to The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien and so I started to write the kind of books that I was reading After my parents divorced, my mother took my sisters and me back to Pennsylvania in 1969 There I went to Albert Gallatin Senior High for 2 years and Uniontown Area Senior High School for my senior year.After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I wrote the book that became The Song of the Lioness fantasy quartet I sold some articles and 2 short stories and wrote reviews for a martial arts movie magazine At last the first book of the quartet, Alanna The First Adventure was published by Atheneum Books in 1983.Tim Liebe, who became my Spouse Creature, and I lived in New York City with assorted cats and two parakeets from 1982 2006 In 2006 we moved to Syracuse, New York, where we live now with assorted cats, a number of squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks visiting our very small yard As of 2011, I have 27 novels in print, one short story collection, one comic book arc White Tiger A Hero s Compulsion co written with Tim, and a short story anthology co editing credit There sto come, including a companion book to the Tortall verse So stay tuned



10 thoughts on “Lady Knight

  1. says:

    I m going to make a statement which I probably will contradict in the future because I ll forget and which likely contradicts something I ve previously said and forgotten.Keladry of Mindelan is my favorite Tamora Pierce heroine.I thought for a long time while reading this book about that statement, and how true it was, and eventually decided that it was accurate I love them all, of course, but with most of them there is an aspect I just can t sympathize with Mostly Sandry, Tris, Daja, Ala I m going to make a statement which I probably will contradict in the future because I ll forget and which likely contradicts something I ve previously said and forgotten.Keladry of Mindelan is my favorite Tamora Pierce heroine.I thought for a long time while reading this book about that statement, and how true it was, and eventually decided that it was accurate I love them all, of course, but with most of them there is an aspect I just can t sympathize with Mostly Sandry, Tris, Daja, Alanna, Daine it s the magic factor Pierce does a really good job of writing plausible magic, but as a result it s such an integral part of her characters lives that it is difficult for me to empathize The underlying themes are just fine, but the tangible day to day stuff of their lives is inherently fantastic just because of who they are.Kel is significant to me for the same reason she s significant to other Tortallan girls Lady Alanna proved that women could be knights, but she had magic to help her Kel proves that anyone, so long as they have the determination, can win their shield Because she has no magic to help her along, a lot of her troubles are similar to those faced by students in the real world challenging classes, unfriendly classmates, strict teachers, conflict of ideas This is a school story in a way that few people write them any, where the school part is linked to the plot and not just background It s also a good way to shore up worldbuilding, because whenever Pierce shows a fragment of a class she s telling us something about Tortall as well as creating a sense of realism to the education her characters are undergoing.But that s not the only thing that makes Kel my favorite After all, the school setting was only a part of the story for the first two books though Squire was still education centric in a way, Lady Knight is far from it So at this point, when Kel has been knighted and is off serving the realm, far outside my personal knowledge experience base, what is it that makes her still sympathetic Without a doubt, it is her strength.You will be hard pressed to think of a heroine in recent YA who is as strong as this girl There are some good ones out there, though most of the barrel seems to be bad apples, but Kel trumps them all Her strength is not just physical or even mental, but in her convictions She has an absolutely stunning sense of duty and justice that just blows me away every time She has integrity And she is also honest with herself even though she believes in abstract concepts like duty and justice, and fights for them, she doesn t glorify the act of fighting nor pretend like her decisions have no consequencesYou all know why we re here, she told them You know the enemy He will be on us soon When he comes, we will fight not for some glorious cause, but to survive And do her decisions ever have consequences I wouldn t dream of spoiling it, but let me just remind you that, as we saw in the finale of Page, Kel will risk anything for people under her protection.Speaking of the people under her protection, the side characters in this book are just fantastic Even the ones who get just a sentence or two feel like real people view spoiler Which means it really sucks when they die in the next sentence hide spoiler That s important, because the cast of this book is huge and keeping track of people is pretty crucial Also, it s nice that only two characters well, and one who s off screen the whole time are unmitigatedly evil the rest, even the unpleasant ones, are in some way likeable eventually Also, they are badass She thought the battle flags and shields take n from those Scanrans who had attacked her people that summer gave the walls a nice, homey touch.This book makes me really, really wantTortall series not just the Daughter of the Lioness duet, butafter that There is in particular one little girl who had better show up again, else she ll seem like she was just tossed in to give the quartet its name and that s sort of sloppy Pierce is not very sloppy, so I m sure it will be dealt with.There is one other thing which is rather tangential that I wanted to remember to mention I really, really like the way magic is handled in this quartet, and in this book in particular, since Tortall is at war It is a limited resource, after all, and that s made clear here Those who have scads of power particularly Numair and Daine are treated with a nice combination of respect and fear, which I really like The ordinary people understand how important they are to the war effort, of course, but that doesn t mean it s comfortable to be around someone who can summon boulders from ten miles away If you enjoyed the rest of the quartet, you re pretty much guaranteed to like this one Also, if you re tired of heroines whose happily ever after consists only of ending up with the right guy, check these books out it s not too much of a spoiler to say that Kel winds up contentedly unattached view spoiler Though I m still rooting for her to end up with Dom in later series hide spoiler By the way, I almost forgot this part I love having a heroine who s tall, strong, muscular, and proud of it No delicate waif, our Kel

  2. says:

    If Alanna is Dana Scully petite, sharp tongued, redheaded quick with a weapon, and with a penchant for shadowy corners and impossible quests , Kel is a much less exuberant Leslie Knope hardworking, dedicated to civil service, willing to put in the work to make a difference in her community I ll always love Alanna, but there was something particularly special about this latest comfort re read of Kel s story I ll never be as selfless or stoic as Kel, as willing to stubbornly pursue injustic If Alanna is Dana Scully petite, sharp tongued, redheaded quick with a weapon, and with a penchant for shadowy corners and impossible quests , Kel is a much less exuberant Leslie Knope hardworking, dedicated to civil service, willing to put in the work to make a difference in her community I ll always love Alanna, but there was something particularly special about this latest comfort re read of Kel s story I ll never be as selfless or stoic as Kel, as willing to stubbornly pursue injustice and stand up for those who can t but I wish I was It might be a problem with the novel that Kel has very few character flaws while Alanna has a temper and Daine is shy and scarred, Kel is hampered only by her gender and the inflexible standards of the men in power But I don t really care if this is bad writing or poor characterization, because what s important about Kel is that all of her achievements are driven through pure, sweaty, hard work Alanna had the Goddess s hand on her Daine had wild magic and a divine lineage Kel has a powerful moral compass and an indefatigable work ethic and clear eyed determination toward her goals Kel has grit And I guess this resonated with me because those are the qualities most valuable to me right now, the ones I most wish I could embody grit Hard work Putting in the time The clench teethed refusal to accept power imbalance and the mistreatment of those who cannot defend themselves In another context, it s easy to imagine Kel as a doctor Protector of the small, carer of the sick It s funny how many fierce, bookish women I ve met over the years who cop to a childhood fondness for Alanna We were special, we were strong, we took up our own swords in her likeness literally, for my best friend Hannah, a collegiate fencing champion But I wonder if, now, at 27, Kel isn t a better role model To bring this back to Leslie Knope in the Parks series finale, Leslie gives a commencement address at the University of Indiana She tells the class about the virtues of public service, and ends with an exhortation Find your team And get to work It s a phrase that s echoed around in my head since I heard it, because it seems like the most important thing I can with my life at this point Kel has a team too she would not have made it through knighthood, to Scanra, without a solid core of people and animals willing to go to bat and war for her And she did the work she ran when she could have walked, she fought when she could have looked the other way, she faced her fears when she could have accepted defeat I want to belike her, andlike Leslie Where s my sword

  3. says:

    Buddy reread w Monica 2 1 15 2 4 15.This book was a beast.You cannot top Tamora Pierce in YA fantasy I don t care what anyone says, they are wrong Now you can argue which series of hers is best or even which protagonist the constant debate between Monica I Alanna or Kel but you cannot argue her brilliance.This final book had almost zero romance Which would normally make me cringe, but in true Tamora fashion you are so involved with her characters you just don t care I rooted for each Buddy reread w Monica 2 1 15 2 4 15.This book was a beast.You cannot top Tamora Pierce in YA fantasy I don t care what anyone says, they are wrong Now you can argue which series of hers is best or even which protagonist the constant debate between Monica I Alanna or Kel but you cannot argue her brilliance.This final book had almost zero romance Which would normally make me cringe, but in true Tamora fashion you are so involved with her characters you just don t care I rooted for each and every one of them her side characters have purpose, not merely artificial compliments to her main character.My one itsy bitsy issue with this one Cleon view spoiler Tamora, I get why you let him go but you could have given my 10th grade self a little warning that the romance would end without a final meet between characters That was cruel hide spoiler But the action And everything Kel stands for And her struggles as a commander And the battle scenes Epic Although I will admit and I m sure Monica will rejoice on this 1 Alanna fight scenes and conclusion better were better in her final book than Kel s 2 Enemies in Daine books werecompelling Ozrone was the perfect villain than King Maggur or Blayce the Gallan I was only introduced to either as a villain in this book if there were previous hints I don t remember them so I just didn t hate them with the same fiery passion I felt for Duke Roger or Emperor Stormwing Ozrone.That said this book still has 5 stars I don t have to think every little thing is perfect Tamora knows what she is doing and the story kept me glued to the page believe me when this was my first reading I had it done in one night.I was sobbing when I got to the end.And the last scene It was beautiful A promise for the future as she rides off with her best friendKel shouted Neal Are you going to dream all day She s waiting for me Lovers, Kel thought, rolling her eyes At least there was one headache she didn t have She was about to tell her friend he could wait when she remembered that she d get to see Dom while at Steadfast It would be nice to be able to sit and chat for a while without kidnapping, flight, or war to distract them.She urged Hoshi to a trot.

  4. says:

    What an amazing finale Kel is what everyone should aspire to be, and in this book, that s exactly what happens.The world of Tortall is one of the few places where it captures you in I definitely need to read the other books in Tamora s gritty midevil world

  5. says:

    It s been a very Tamora Pierce week I reread all the Kel books, two of the Alanna books, and now I m filling in the gaps between post earthquake Tortall and Kel s Tortall with the first Daine book Anyway, I don t have a lot to say about this I first read it years ago, and it was never my favorite Kel book There are really great moments, like when Raoul gets angry at Wyldon little character asides that rise to the heights of previous books but mostly this is a book where Kel is beloved by It s been a very Tamora Pierce week I reread all the Kel books, two of the Alanna books, and now I m filling in the gaps between post earthquake Tortall and Kel s Tortall with the first Daine book Anyway, I don t have a lot to say about this I first read it years ago, and it was never my favorite Kel book There are really great moments, like when Raoul gets angry at Wyldon little character asides that rise to the heights of previous books but mostly this is a book where Kel is beloved by everyone worthwhile, and she almost single handedly wins the war She s too perfect here It s frustrating I love this world, I really do And I love how Pierce paints with strokes just fine enough to suggest an entire world of detail outside her descriptions, because that gives Tortall a richness beyond what she actually depicts But her strength lies in plots where characters are challenged, and Kel isn t challenged much here The Numair series has a release date now, and I have to say I m nervous about it Pierce hasn t done all that well with fill in the blanks books until now see Melting Stones and I don t want past books as much as future ones That s so muchcompelling what does happen next in this constantly changing realm

  6. says:

    Given the past week s events, it s been especially nice to escape into a fantasy realm where knights risk their lives to defend refugees.Side note I wish Goodreads had a way to track re reads of books, because I ve been returning to this one since sixth grade.

  7. says:

    I was just the tiniest bit disappointed by this book I really loved it, but not quite as much as Squire and not enough to be a full five stars It s only a little longer than book three, but it felt so much longer while reading it The ending was exciting and there were numerous exciting things that took place during the book, but the first two thirds dragged a bit for me I was still interested, but it took a concerted effort to keep picking this book up I didn t fly through it the way I did I was just the tiniest bit disappointed by this book I really loved it, but not quite as much as Squire and not enough to be a full five stars It s only a little longer than book three, but it felt so much longer while reading it The ending was exciting and there were numerous exciting things that took place during the book, but the first two thirds dragged a bit for me I was still interested, but it took a concerted effort to keep picking this book up I didn t fly through it the way I did the first three books.There wasn t a pacing issue in this one since it wasn t taking place over a specific period of time The events just happened as they happened, no need to skip long months of time It takes place over the course of less than a year, making it the shortest time period of any book in the series I think that helped the pacing, but it did make the book drag just a little.Beyond that, my thoughts are the same as for the first three I love Kel s character The feminism is great It s a fantastic ending I absolutely recommend this series You don t technically need to read Alanna or the Immortals first, but I would recommend at least picking up Alanna I think it explains a lot about the world and helps with appreciating the books overall

  8. says:

    This was all set up to be a wonderful conclusion The pacing was quick, Kel has developed into my favorite Tamora Pierce character thus far, and we had easily the most evil villain Tortall has produced thus far for our heroine to vanquish.Everything up until the last few chapters, I really liked I enjoyed her new command, what she made of it, and how she disobeyed orders to go after captured innocents, disregarding their station as peasant class individuals Very in keeping with her character as This was all set up to be a wonderful conclusion The pacing was quick, Kel has developed into my favorite Tamora Pierce character thus far, and we had easily the most evil villain Tortall has produced thus far for our heroine to vanquish.Everything up until the last few chapters, I really liked I enjoyed her new command, what she made of it, and how she disobeyed orders to go after captured innocents, disregarding their station as peasant class individuals Very in keeping with her character as the girl who saved her maid, risking her own advancement of her dream It s not that I hated the last few chapters, they just felt a bit lame Maybe it wouldn t have been so bad if it weren t the last book in the series, but I didn t feel it was the thrilling conclusion Kel deserved Everything wrapped up nice and neat in a couple chapters, and everyone got to live happily ever after No real sense of suspense or drama, just put the sword glaive, actually through the bad guy and ride off into the sunset I appreciate the complete disregard of the love triangle earlier in the series, and the focus on Kel as an individual coming into adulthood on her own Kel as a character is the best and most smoothly developed I ve read from Tamora Pierce I think she warranted a better ending

  9. says:

    This book was pretty unputdownable pretty action packed from beginning to end Thinking back, there actually wasn t that much action at the beginning per se, but there s a sort of divine prophecy that starts to book off, so even when not much is happening there s still this level of expectation I had so much empathy for Kel and everyone around her throughout the story Jeez, why is no one sending her backup when she s got hundreds of civilians to defend and weekly raids from the enemy The l This book was pretty unputdownable pretty action packed from beginning to end Thinking back, there actually wasn t that much action at the beginning per se, but there s a sort of divine prophecy that starts to book off, so even when not much is happening there s still this level of expectation I had so much empathy for Kel and everyone around her throughout the story Jeez, why is no one sending her backup when she s got hundreds of civilians to defend and weekly raids from the enemy The little spurts of action left me nettled and on edge for all the characters.Kel is definitely a kick ass fighter and strategist, but she s kind of dense to how other people are going to react respond Kind of a standing trait for heroes, though I feel like I m in a constant eye roll in regards to heroes have the no, I m the only one who can be risking life and future go home the rest of you argument over and over again But of all of Ms Pierces main characters, she s the one I m most curious about for what the rest of her life is going to bring She s the only one so far without a firm romantic interest developing by the end of her books which was also kind of refreshing because what are the odds that you d be sent away from everyone you know, focused on heroics and war, and still have time to fall for someone new , and we didn t get a whole lot of epilogue for her.ETA On rereading I realized actually how violent this book is Not that Ms Pierce ever dwells on the details, but it is a book about war in an age of swords and battle axes and they re fighting against monsters There are a lot of deaths in this book and they aren t drifting away in their sleep I think watching Game of Thrones has maybe added some new entries to my mental image bank to pull from or something, but all the deaths in this book struck me as fargruesome than they did on first reading And Kel now suddenly reminds me of Brienne of Tarth

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sadly this book is not my favorite of the series But it deserves an extra half a star or so since the series in general is strong.I love Kel and her compassion for the small I love her nickname Protector of the Small I always am incensed when I read about the No Name Man and Stennum I can t believe that so many people are willing to condone the deaths of children to win a war I find the amount of war a bit tedious in this volume I don t mind the fighting but it s just got a bit repe Sadly this book is not my favorite of the series But it deserves an extra half a star or so since the series in general is strong.I love Kel and her compassion for the small I love her nickname Protector of the Small I always am incensed when I read about the No Name Man and Stennum I can t believe that so many people are willing to condone the deaths of children to win a war I find the amount of war a bit tedious in this volume I don t mind the fighting but it s just got a bit repetitive I m sad that Cleon and Kel didn t work out I really hope that Dom and Kel end up together I think they make a cute couple I m glad that Wyldon didn t have to send Kel to traitor s hill He has really grown since the first book

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