"The butt of Joren's staff caught the big muscle in her left thigh"
This follows on from the Song of the Lioness quartet and a new female warrior is coming to the fore. Kel is taking advantage of the hard fought freedom for females to train for knighthood and as such, the tale of Book 1 of the Protector of the Small quartet begins.
While i wasn't quite as on board with this one as the Alanna series, I'm sure that has more to do with this being part 1 and very much the beginning of a longer story.
4 out of 5 beginnings are just the start.