First Test : Protector of the Small

  • by Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • Series: Protector of the Small
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good-natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out.

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What the Critics Say

"A splendidly rousing feast." (Booklist)
"This is smooth storytelling and a satisfying read." (School Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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interesting story

The story itself was very well written.

but having read the book before it took me a while to get used to the narrators voice for the characters, especially Kel's.
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- Cait Murphy

Narration does not fit the story

If you've never read the books, the narration might not be too bad. If you have read the books, her depiction of Kel is jarring. She almost makes Kel sound whiny, which is far from how Tamora Pierce portrays the character. I love this story, hate the narration.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library