Yeah, so remember the time I said that Emperor Mage was my favorite Tamora Pierce book? Well as I was writing this review I realized that that statement was essentially a bald-faced lie, because Lady Knight is my favorite Tamora Pierce book. Well, it’s tied with Squire. The point is, both Kel and Pierce are absolutely on form in this book, and it pays off.
The Plot: Eight years of hard work and struggle have finally paid off and Kel is (at long last) a knight. Tortall is on the verge of a war with Scanra, and every knight is being sent north, to the front. The only problem is that Kel has other ideas. The Chamber of the Ordeal (the creepy-ass chamber that takes squires and spits out knights… along with the occasional corpse) gave Kel a mission–she has to stop the mage who creates the fearsome killing devices. The killing devices are 7 foot tall iron giants with sharp teeth, knives for fingers (and toes), and a tail with a metal spike. They’re also ridiculously difficult to kill. But before Kel can’t hare off on her own and fight the killing devices, Lord Wyldon assigns her the hardest task yet: to command a refugee camp on the border of Tortall and Scanra.