The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel's second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits - coincidentally on the same day that she gets her first period!
Tamora Pierce revisits the imaginary Kingdom of Tortall in this sequel to First Test: Protector of the Small. Fans of Pierce's exotic fantasy sequences will be hard-pressed to put either book down. Kel is a valuable role model: she's proud of being a girl, and she never wavers in her conviction that she can do anything a boy can - and usually do it better. Some rather bloody battles as well as discussions about Kel's developing body make this book appropriate for more mature readers.
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Von Ulrike Am hilfreichsten 05.02.2013
Kel kämpft weiter
wie schon im ersten Teil kann sich Kel auch hier als Knappe bewähren.
Die Sprache ist angenehm verständliches Englisch; und Bernadette Dunne kann mit ihrer spannungsreichen Lesung die Geschichte zum Leben erwecken.
Inhaltlich gilt - wie für den ersten Teil - "nix Neues aus Tortall". Wer sich in bekannten Gefilden wohl fühlt, und gerne mal in alt-vertraute Fantasy-Welten eintaucht, für den ist dieser Entwicklungsroman ein Genuß; auch für Neu-Einsteiger hat "Page" einiges zu bieten. Die alten Tortall-Leser werden vielleicht die Magie bei den Protagonisten vermissen..
Trotz allem empfehlenswert, und mir hat es viel Vergnügen bereitet, zuzuhören!
Von Isabell Schubert Am hilfreichsten 03.04.2011
Protector of the Small continued
As with all Tamora Pierce books I loved this one. Page is the second volume in the Protector of the Small quartet. It continues the story of Keladry of Mindelan, the first girl officially trying for her knighthood. After she has gained the right to continue her training in the first book, First Test, she now has the last three years of a page ahead of her. Her life becomes more settled and she gains new friends. But her lessons also increase in difficulty. Lord Wyldon especially seems to make sure that she gets a more difficult task every time she masters an exercise. She also has to live through ordeals outside of the training yards, including fighting bandits and facing her fear of heights. And at the end of her three years stand the Big Examinations that are to decide if she is made a squire or fails.
Again Kel is a strong heroine and her compassion for her friends and helpless animals are great. She conveys values that seem to be missing in our modern society all too often, where people rather look away than help. I also loved Lord Wyldon's development. His last conversation with Kel at the end of the novel is one of my favorite in the whole book. Of course it also helped that he has a soft spot for dogs.
The <b><i>unabridged</i></b> audiobook is a great experience. It enables you to listen to Kel's story while doing housework or other tedious tasks. Bernadette Dunne does a wonderful job at narrating the story. I think her voice suits the book very well. She manages to give each character their individual voice and still not exaggerate with it.