First Test

By Tamora Pierce,

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Book description

Kel will not allow this first test to be her last. Her adventure begins in the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.
Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall—one…

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Why read it?

2 authors picked First Test as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Getting to become a knight? Yes, please!

Childhood me, adult me, mommy me, writer me, all version of me wanted adventure—and swords. Her books were treasured enough in my home that my (now-adult) daughter and I both had to buy replacement copies over the years.

I read Tammy Pierce’s books with my daughter in the years before I was published, never knowing that years later, I’d be teaching sword fighting and chatting with Tammy herself about swords and books.

This recommendation is listing the one book, but it’s part of a whole set of connected series books.

This was…

Tamora Pierce can always write great female characters who are strong, compassionate, and all-around role models for young women. In First Test, she introduces Kel, and not only is she all of these things, but she is also more. She doesn’t fall into that perfect imperfect we always see in YA fiction. She is strong, independent (even through romances), and always stands for nobility and those smaller than herself.

From C.J.R.'s list on action driven young adult fiction.

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