Knights of Emerald, The
Book 2: The Dragons of the Dark Emperor
Now nine years of age, the only thing Kira wants is to become a squire and learn to fight under the tutelage of a full-fledged knight so she can avenge the death of her parents to the hands of the Dark Emperor. But in order to protect her from the Lord of the Insect People, Wellan and Magician Elund turn her down. Deeply hurt, Kira decides to take her fate into her own hands. She conjures up the spirit of a Knight of Emerald who died hundreds of years ago and begs him to teach her how to use her weapons.