At the age of 14 and standing 5 foot 10, Keladry of Mindelan is a squire. A squire serves and learns from a seasoned knight for four years, then faces a final test. That final test is the Ordeal, which takes place in a magical room called the Chamber.
There, a squire encounters the parts of him or herself that the Chamber deems to be the most difficult to face -- be they fears, failings, or unrepented wicked deeds. Does Kel have what it takes to survive?
"After hanging tough with the page program, [Kel] is at last ready to take the next steps down the road to knighthood, accompanied by her friends and her faithful mutt. To her sorrow, she is not selected by the Lady Alanna, who taps Neal for her squire. Kel is chosen by Lord Raoul, commander of the King's Own, and she quickly discovers that she has landed the better situation. She soon finds herself fighting centaurs, cleaning up after floods, and caring for a baby griffin.... the author has created a strong female protagonist who accomplishes her goals with her integrity, sense of humor, and her self-esteem intact." — Patricia A. Dollisch, School Library Journal
|12 and up
|Aug 27, 2002
|Protector of the Small Quartet