WHEN THEY SAY YOU WILL FAIL... FAIL TO LISTEN. Keladry of Mindelan dreams of becoming squire to the legendary female knight Alanna the Lioness, a hero straight out of story.
But Kel is chosen instead by Lord Raoul, a leader of men and a strategist - an unexpected honour that shocks her enemies. Kel must hone her skills and discover what it takes to be part of the royal guard. Part of a team.
With this change comes another: a new romance, bringing with it the rush of first love and the unexpected challenges of balancing duty and love. All the while, Kel prepares for her biggest challenge: the infamous and terrifying Ordeal - the last challenge standing between her and knighthood. A powerful classic that is more timely than ever, the Protector of the Small series is about smashing the ceilings others place above you.
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.