Title – Author: Squire – Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2001
Series/Standalone: Series – Protector of the Small #3
Format – Source: Paperback – Library
Kel can hardly believe it when she’s chosen to be Lord Raoul’s, the Commander of the King’s Own, squire. The conservatives don’t think she’s earned the position, but Kel will prove them wrong. As she competes in jousts and performs her duties impeccably, Kel proves herself as a warrior. She earns the respect of Lord Raoul’s men and even finds romance with another squire. Kel must prepare for when her squire years are up and she has to face the Chamber of the Ordeal to earn her knighthood.
Kel’s years as a squire are packed with action. I loved that she was Lord Raoul’s squire because he’s one of my favorite characters. Ok fine, they’re all my favorites. Raoul is snarky and not your typical knight. He doesn’t hold with always doing things the conventional way.
Kel has a lot more responsibility in this book. Though she’s not a member of the Knight’s Own, she keeps up with Raoul’s men. She’s also going it alone now as her friends serve as squires to other knights. I really missed Neal and the rest of the crew, who aren’t in this book as often as in the previous two.
She starts a surprising romance with one of the other squires. This one didn’t really do it for me like the other Pierce series romances. I think mainly because there was no build up. It just seemed kind of random. Not that the guy isn’t awesome, because he is. He just isn’t of the same caliber as the other romantic interests of series past.
Squire shows Kel proving her worth as a warrior.