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Following First Test and Page, this third book in Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series does not disappoint. Squire continues Keladry of Mindelan's journey toward becoming one of the first female knights in the kingdom of Tortall. Despite proving herself during her long years as a page, there are still many who are all too eager to bring about her failure, including her old nemesis Joren of Stone Mountain.
After her initial disappointment that she is not chosen to be the squire of her hero, Lady Alanna the Lioness, Kel finds her place among an elite guard of fighters led by her master-knight, Lord Raoul. He is kind and treats her as an equal, teaching her battlefield tactics, jousting, and the skills of leadership. Kel's sparrow companions and her dog Jump are still assets in protecting her, and she is kept very busy with a new addition to her menagerie -- a very temperamental baby griffin with extremely sharp claws. These years as a squire are an introduction to many new things for the teenage Kel -- tilting tournaments, new friends, new enemies, and even love. There are going to be some very tough decisions ahead for this young lady.
Pierce's Song of the Lioness, Circle of Magic, and Immortals series will whet your appetite for more of the fascinating characters only touched on briefly in the Protector of the Small series. To learn more about the author, check out her very interesting web site at www.sff.net/people/Tamora.Pierce. (Corrina Allen)