Title- First Test.
Author- Tamora Pierce.
Publish date- 2000.
Publisher- Random House.
(A brief) Synopsis:
Keladry's dream is to become a knight, but with women only grudgingly being allowed to train to become knights it is going to be far more than difficult, though Kel will follow her dream no matter what.
What I thought:
I was highly recommended this book by the Loquacious Lauren, who, I am beginning to think, may know exactly what I like to find in a book.
I'm taken aback by how much, how quickly, too, I became involved with this story and the training of Kel, the first female to openly train for knighthood- there is so much discrimination from people all around Keladry because of her gender, and it isn't an easy beginning to following her dream at all, yet she strove to do her best with a determination I truly fell in love with, and her determination, the pains she goes through just in the name of perseverance, they are shown and told truthfully. Her journey is hard, harder than most others have been before her, and this isn't fair. She knows it, but still she fights.
Kel is, undoubtably, a characte I will go back to many a time, whose story I want others to relive. She's funny and fierce and willing, but she's also angry and hurt and certainly not impenetrable. The depths of this story, the first in a series, are great, and it wasn't until the writing of this review that I found out this is only one in a line of books set in the amazing, if dangerous, land of Tortall. There are suggestions only breached of how much more there is to this world, and it is so well built and written that I felt right at home, as if I were there every time I opened the book.
Rating: Excellent and some.
This was simply a really enjoyable, thought-provoking book. I'm so glad that Lauren got me to take an interest in and read it, and I'll certainly be coming back to read more about Keladry of Mindelan.