Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl in 10 years who begins the journey to knighthood. She meets great resistance from many and is put on probation for her 1st year. Driven to succeed Kel proves to everyone that she has what it takes. Friends: Neal, Merric, Cleon, Esmond & Seaver.
There is a lot of action is First Test. Kel is a strong female character that wears her coming of age struggle well. There is a strong sense of suspense and tension throughout the book as you are unsure what is to befall Kel and her missions.
#1 in the Protector of the Small series. A Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth. 1999, 228 pages.