Title – Author: Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2002
Series/Standalone: Series – Protector of the Small #4
Format – Source: Paperback – Library
Keladry of Mindelan is finally a knight, but her mission is not what she expected. Instead of fighting in the war against the Scanrans, Kel is put in charge of a refugee camp. Worse, during her Ordeal the Chamber gave her a vision of a dangerous mage who’s creating battle machines that will change the course of the war. Kel is supposed to pursue and defeat this mage…but how can she when her duty has her stuck defending refugees?
Kel’s journey hasn’t been easy. She’s fought tooth-and-nail to achieve her dream of becoming a knight. Against everyone’s expectations, she’s proved herself worthy of the title. The best part of Pierce’s quartets is that the reader gets to see how her heroines grow. We’ve followed Kel over eight years of her life, as she deals with bullies and bandits and prejudice and her own extreme sense of honor that often gets her into trouble.
Kel faces her hardest challenges in this book. She has to command a refugee camp of hundreds, organizing its defense with a minimal amount of soldiers. People disagree with her and Scanrans attack, but once again Kel shows what an exceptional leader she is.
She makes the most difficult decision of her life when her refugees are put in danger. Her decision goes against everything she’s been taught as a knight and puts her career in jeopardy. But Kel has never been one to shirk what she sees is the most honorable thing to do.
Lady Knight is a satisfying conclusion to the Protector of the Small quartet.