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Publisher's Summary

As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon's grueling physical training schedule. Kel's detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities, to kidnapping her maid and dog on the day of final examinations.
The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel's second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits - coincidentally on the same day that she gets her first period!
Tamora Pierce revisits the imaginary Kingdom of Tortall in this sequel to First Test: Protector of the Small. Fans of Pierce's exotic fantasy sequences will be hard-pressed to put either book down. Kel is a valuable role model: she's proud of being a girl, and she never wavers in her conviction that she can do anything a boy can - and usually do it better. Some rather bloody battles as well as discussions about Kel's developing body make this book appropriate for more mature readers.
©2008 Listening Library (P)2004 Tamora Pierce
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean Reads on 11-08-10

Two versions of the book intermingled

This is not the fault of the narrator - I am not sure whether she read two different versions and someone did a bad blend, or she was given a mixed script - but the first 1/3 of the book is the UK translation (meters, kilograms) and the other 2/3 the American English is was written in (feet, pounds). For someone who has read the book several times, I found this very annoying.
I also agree with the previous reviewer that some of the voices (particularly Owen's) were just a little off. However, I thought that Berdadette Dunne did a great job with the other 3 books in this series.
Of the four, this is my least favorite listen. (Squire is my favorite).
Plotwise, the book is excellent, spanning Kel's second through fourth years as a page. She makes new animal friends and new human friends and enemies as she gets ready for her final trial as a page, with (of course) lots of tests and tribulations, especially at the end. The development of Kel's new maid is particularly interesting to watch.

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5 out of 5 stars
By whoaaa24 on 04-21-16

Pretty great

just a few pronunciation errors (IMO) of some of the names. There's only so much differentiation that can be done with voices and that's done pretty decently. I'll probably relisten when I start to miss tamora pierce's writing again lol.

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