protector of the small

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.

POTS Headcannon: a lot of Kel’s year mates had crushes on Kel at one point or another because:

A) she was one of the only girls they had regular contact with

B) she understood the things they liked and liked them too

C) she is awesome

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

hedgiwithapen asked:

I had a fever dream that was just Kel doing that code name meme thing. You can address me as Eagle One. Cleon, code name— Been There, Done That. Dom is— Currently Doing That. Yuki, code name— If I Had To Pick a Chick. Neal is— Eagle Two. (Neal: Oh thank the gods)

oh my gosh I never replied to this!

Because I have to say: fever dream aside, you’re imagining it all wrong. Kel isn’t the one for that meme. It’s all about Team Alanna.

Alanna: From now on, we’ll be using code names. You can address me as Lioness One. Jon, code name Been There, Done That.

Jon: *angsty wistful sigh*

Alanna: George is Currently Doing That.

George: *happy broad wink*

Alanna: Liam is It Happened Several Times on a Roadtrip.

Liam:  *smirk*

Alanna: Thayet, code name If I Had to Pick a Lady.

Thayet: *thumbs up*

Jon: *jealous glare*

Alanna: Coram is…Eagle Two.

Coram: Thank gods.

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.
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)