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Keladry of Mindelan

The Protector of the Small quartet were some of my favorite books as a kid, and I finally read them again for the first time in a couple of years, and I’m glad I did because it was just what I needed right now. 

In any case, it’s been a decade since I first picked the series up, and Kel is still my hero.

Girls Can’t Fight! Salma’s mouth twisted wryly. “What do they think their mothers do, when lords are at war and a raiding party strikes? Stay in their solars and tat lace?”
That made Kel Smile. “My aunt lit barrels of lard and had them catapulted onto Scanran ships this summer.”
“As would any delicately reared noblewoman.
—  First Test, Protector of the Small, Tamora Pierce
Necromancy, Shmecromancy

It occurs to me Tortall has absolutely no qualms against necromancy at all. Neither Daine nor Thom get any backlash against their ‘raising dead things’ life choices, and even Blayce is frowned upon for the whole murdering children aspect, not the ‘using undead souls to fuel his death machines’. 

Well, and the death machines, but not the whole undead bit. That part’s ok. 

Yesterday at the renaissance faire, there was a woman jousting.

She was about my age, and unlike me (wonderfully petite, though stocky, at 5 ft tall), she was a giant. They introduced her as a woman, they didn’t bother with some storyline of her hiding herself. And she was beautiful. She rode three times, and each time she ATTACKED on the hit - she never held back for a second. She fell on her last pass, but it didn’t matter. Ever since I can remember, my dream was always to be the knight, not the princess. That dream was intensified by Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series. That dream was kind of dashed by my lack of height, but also by the fact that I’d only ever heard of a couple of women ever jousting, and it had only been in a theatrical, not competitive setting. I’d certainly never seen one do it. GUYS. Yesterday my dream came true, at least in a way. I was too shy to go talk to her afterwards, and part of me regrets that. But by the Gods I hope she knows the impact she had on so many girls in the audience. I CRIED. Openly wept as I watched her joust. Ten-year-old me’s dream was alive again. Goddess bless, Lady Knight.

(and the best part? She rode in green, just like Kel did under Raoul)

talk to me about keladry of mindelan

talk to me about how when she was put on probation because she was a girl, she stood tall, refused to let her anger show, and did her best to see the best of the situation

talk to me about how when she was ten years old she schooled her fifteen year old best friend on the fact that he wasn’t standing up against the bullies in the years above

talk to me about how when she found out that her lance was weighted, she just went “this’ll be good for later on” and kept it, rather than being angry about it

talk to me about how she got over her crippling fear of heights to save her servant and friend

talk to me about how she did her best to form healthy relationships with the people around her

talk to me about keladry of mindelan

Reasons why Keladry of Mindelan from the Protector of the Small series is one of the best heroines in YA:

  1. Kel is a genuinely good person. Her morality and a sense of good is on par or can even rival Superman’s. Her self-righteousness can even get somewhat annoying sometimes, which is a flaw that actually makes her that much better. You just want her to think something bad once!! But only cause you’re starting to realize that you’re not a very good person yourself, lol.
  2. In the same note, it’s nice to have a kick-ass character who is simply good. Not an anti-heroine, or a sassy back-talker, or possesses a bitchy devil may care attitude. She is polite, nice, respectful individual. In the same breath, she can also kill you with her bare hands… most respectfully.
  3. Kel respects authority. I’m so sick of young adult heroines and heroes who constantly sass and back talk adults because they can or because they don’t think respect is something they should give. A lof of characters flaunt authority, and always get away with it. And somehow it’s supposed to be seen as cool or badass or quirky. Kel doesn’t back talk or disrespects adults. But she does stand up for herself when she believes the adult is wrong… respectfully, without screaming her head off or doing something stupid. Kel is one of the most respectful heroines I know, and sadly… it’s rather refreshing
  4. Because of the last two points people often find Kel boring, because apparently if you’re nice and respectful you’re a boring person. 
  5. Kel stands up to bullies, but she always takes the peaceful approach first. Violence isn’t always the answer, but Kel is not afraid to use it if it means protecting people who can’t defend themselves. She always gave the bullies a chance to walk away first.
  6. Kel deals with sexist and misogynist attitudes through the entire series. She gets called awful names and asked to prove herself over and over. And while she does occasionally lapse into self-pity, it’s understandable, she never once complains about it outloud, because she knows it will not win her any extra points.   
  7. Kel stands up for people who do not have a voice without trying to take away their autonomy. These mostly include servants, animals, and free folk— who are generally unnoticed or abused by the upper classes. Kel accepts Peachblossom who is an abused war horse because she knows if she won’t take him he’ll be killed. She comes to an understanding with him without resorting to changing him. Kel takes in a maid Lalasa and respects her wish not to report her abuser, but she does teach her to defend herself from future attacks. When Lalasa’s abuser is caught and punished, Kel actually tells the king the laws are wrong and need to be changed. Kel rescues Tobe because she knows no one else will help him. Kel makes sure that the convicts are at least fed better so they can be strong enough to fight and defend instead of using them as front-line fodder.
  8. Kel is loyal to a fault. She is the friend you want to have. The one who will fight for you if you need her too. The one who will simply listen. The one who will always be there when you need her.
  9. Kel is good at math. Name me another heroine who likes or is good in math. 
  10. She’s a just a nice, respectful, loyal, kind, smart, kick-ass person. The kind we should all aspire to me. And I wish more  characters were like her.


I, bookphile, will be hosting a Tamora Pierce Tortall Universe read-a-thon from August through October (because there’re 17 books come on now). Why? Because she’s my favorite author and more people on tumblr need to know about her books!! There are five series of books in the Tortall universe (three with 4 books, one with 2, and one with 3).


-Send me an email ( by July 27th saying you want to join the read-a-thon. And if you want to join only for a specific series, or all of them. I will open entries again when we’re close to finishing each series, just to give more people a chance. I will create a group for us on goodreads for discussions. And maybe host discussions on a chat board after each series.

-You do not have to participate in all the series (re-)reads. So if you only want to read one series and participate and don’t want to read the rest of the books that’s fine. Or if you want to join in later, because you don’t want to (re)read the earlier books, that’s fine, too. I strongly recommend you do not join later on if you have not read the early books because you will be confused. But you must join before book 1 of each series begins to be read, and you must read the entire series not just one or two books. 

-I will be posting quotes from the books, reblogging fan art, asking questions, leading discussions on this blog and the book club.  You’re welcome to do whatever you like, reblog, comment, etc. If you want to reblog something or post something for me to see please tag it with either bookphile or tortallbookclub, make sure you don’t have more than 5 tags per post or else tumblr won’t let me see them (their rules not mine). You can also submit posts to me.

-After we finish reading all the books, I will host a giveaway, in which a winner will get to pick a series (with all the books) as prize.  But only people who participate in the read-a-thon will be allowed to enter. I will not be making the link to the giveaway public on this blog.

The series will be read in this order (dates are tentative):

The Song of the Lioness Quartet August 1st to 10th 

From Goodreads: The Song of the Lioness quartet is the adventurous story of one girl’s journey to overcome the obstacles facing her, become a valiant knight, and save Tortall from conquest. Alanna douses her female identity to begin her training in Alanna: The First Adventure, and when she gains squire status in In the Hand of the Goddess, her growing abilities make her a few friends — and many enemies. Books 3 and 4 complete Alanna’s adventure and secure her legend, with the new knight errant taking on desert tribesmen in The Woman Who Rides like a Man and seeking out the powerful Dominion Jewel in Lioness Rampant.

4 books. The Lioness books aren’t that thick and read quickly, so ten days should suffice, plus that’s two weekends.

The Immortals Quartet August 11th to 24th

From Wiki: The Immortals quartet, by Tamora Pierce, is the story of Veralidaine Sarrasri (known as Daine), an orphan with an unusual talent: she can speak with animals.

4 books. The Immortals books are a bit thicker, so I’m giving them a bit more time, but again, that’s two weekends.

Protector of the Small Quartet August 25th to September 14th

From Goodreads:  Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. 

4 books. While the first two books aren’t that thick, the last two are. Plus the writing and world gets much more complex. So this will take a couple of weeks. I’m guessing quite a few people will be going back to school as well.

The Daughter of the Lioness Duology September 15h - Sep 28th

Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn’t count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly..

Only two books, but they’re quiet thick, so I’m giving it two weeks, one for each book. School will be back in session so I’m taking that into account.

Provost’s Dog Trilogy September 29th - October 19th

Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce’s memorable debut, Alanna: The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper - a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic. This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy….

Three books, also quiet thick, so one week per each book. 

Please respond by July 25th, I mean, I’ll do it, even if no one else does, but I wouldn’t mind company. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


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