The World: The Protector of the Small quartet takes place in the same year as In the Realms of the Gods. The Immortals War is scarcely over, and Tortall is on the path of recovery. Ten years ago, King Jonathan passed a law allowing girls to openly pursue page training. In those ten years, no one has come forward–until now.
The Plot: Keladry of Mindelan (Kel) spent the last six years of her life living in the Yamani Islands (a fictional country much like Japan) with her ambassador parents. Now 10 years old, Kel has returned to her native country of Tortall to become a page. Unfortunately, the page training master has other ideas.
With the king’s permission, the training master puts Kel under a one year probation period. If she hasn’t proved her worth in one year, she will be sent home. Thus, the first test has begun. Kel has to deal with hazing, weapons training, a difficult horse, and impressing her idea of chivalry (that is to say, bullying is wrong) among a culture that, to be honest, nurtures bullies.