Title – Author: Page – Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: May 22, 2001
Series/Standalone: Series – Protector of the Small #2
Format – Source: Paperback – Library
Kel continues to face prejudice as she completes her rigorous page training. She gains new allies in an ugly dog and a timid young maid. She also develops an uncomfortable crush on her best friend, Neal. Kel’s abilities are tested when her friends stumble upon a group of bandits.
You would think things would get easier once Kel passed her probationary period and became a real page. Kel still has to fight for her position as a girl in a man’s world.
Page covers Kel’s remaining years as a page. Her years are filled with triumph and bittersweet parting as her older friends become squires and leave the palace. We get a glimpse of the kind of knight Kel’s going to be when she and her friends are attacked by bandits. Kel proves to be the only one capable of leading her friends in battle. She keeps her head in a life-threatening situation and saves everyone’s lives.
Kel worries about her final page exams, but it turns out her real final test involves a kidnapping. I won’t spoil it, but Kel stays true to her rigid sense of honor and self-sacrifice.
Page continues Kel’s story as she grows and learns as a page.