Lady Knight (英语)
When she becomes a knight, eighteen-year-old Kel hoped to be given a combat post, but instead she finds herself named commander of an outpost of refugees, where she must face the unnatural forces of the evil Balyce.
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This was a really satisfying conclusion. As much fun as it was to see Kel get to do some serious fighting, the whole series has really been about Kel learning leadership, and it's in the leadership role where she truly shines here. Kel needs to be an inspiration, a diplomat, and an effective manager, and she calls on those skills as much as what she's learned of fighting.
And as the war rages around her, Kel has to face the heartbreak of a leader who watches good people die under her command. The author does not pull punches on the grim realities, but still manages to make this an uplifting finale to an excellent story.
Kel becomes a night, obviously so, but what grips me is that I watched her grow. I felt like I was there with her as a child, fending off attack after attack from her peers and superiors. I watched her battle fears and grow into a stalwart woman without even noticing.
I didn't agree with Kel's idea that tattling was bad practice, and whatever price she paid for it, the rewards reaped ten fold at the end. The people who doubted her (The ones who mattered) no longer did. She broke the surface, tradition and sometimes my heart. Though there inst a love interest in these books (something that makes me cringe because I do like a side of romance) it doesn't matter. Tamora paints war as what it is, ugly, and her priorities were clear.
I don't think Kel will die a virgin however. I'm hoping she is mentioned in the Trickster's duet. Though Im praying that Tamora Pierce will write more about Tortall and its present day. I grew up with Immortals, and no other author gives me such a fluttery feeling in my chest.
One of my favorite things about this book was the addition of Diane, Numair, and Alanna. I am not ashamed to say I fan girl squealed any time they were in a scene. It was like a warm reminder that they were okay, they lived on, and they were happy. I have a feeling I will be reading these books all over again soon.
Kel's quest for the Nothing Man, her loyalty to her friends, old and new, her affection for her animal friends(magically enhanced by Daine the Wildmage to help Kel defend her refugee camp), remain, as always, a joy to read.
A book for children and adults alike--and as it was written during 9-11, a fitting tribute to those lost on that terrible day in New York City.
If you have liked this series I would recommend checking out Trickster's Choice and The Trickster Queen. There is also the the Beka Cooper books. This series is set before Alanna and all of them. So keep that in mind. These books are set in the same world as Tortall though.