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The adventure continues in book two of the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: Tamora Pierce. A powerful classic that is more timely than ever, the Protector of the Small series is about smashing the ceilings others place above you. WHEN THEY SAY YOU WILL FAIL... FAIL TO LISTEN. As the only female page in history to pass the first year of training to become a knight, Keladry of Mindelan is a force to be reckoned with. But Kel's battle to prove herself isn't over. She must masterher paralyzing vertigo, the gruelling training schedule and the dark machinations of those who would rather she fail. But in times of danger, Kel shines. The kingdom's nobles are beginning to wonder if she can succeed far beyond what they imagined. And those who hate the idea of a female knight are getting desperate – they will doanything to halt her journey. In a landmark quartet published years before it's time, Kel must prove herself twice as good as her male peers just to be thought equal. A series that touches on questions of courage, friendship, a humane perspective – told against a backdrop of a magical, action-packed fantasy adventure. 'I take more comfort from and as great pleasure in Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels as I do from Game of Thrones' – Washington Post