Sir Michael Sevenson is, to the amusement of just about everyone around, a knight errant - the first one anyone's seen in over two hundred years. He travels around the land, helping people, righting wrongs, upholding the values of chivalry and honor. Fisk, to the amusement of just about everyone except himself and Michael, is Sir Michael's squire. (It was either that or spend some time in jail, so it seemed the preferable option.)
Fisk isn't exactly thrilled when Michael takes it into his head to rescue a damsel in distress who, he's been told, is being held prisoner in a tower, soon to be forced to marry against her will. But he helps out, and the lady is rescued, and all's well that ends well. Except for the unwelcome truth, which they discover the following day: they have actually helped a suspected murderer escape from prison, where she'd been awaiting trial. Now Micheal and Fisk must recapture the woman, but the longer they search for her, the more they realize there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Who would have thought that a scrupulously honest and trustworthy nobleman and an inveterate scoundrel with cards - literally - up his sleeve could possibly make a good team? Certainly neither of them.
This is a delightful fairytale-adventure story, told in alternating viewpoints by Sir Michael and Fisk. Their narratives give the reader a more detailed picture than either character possesses individually, adding depth and humor to the story, a swashbuckling tale about trust, friendship, and the importance of following one's dreams. This is the first book I've read by Hilari Bell, but I am certain it won't be the last, especially with a sequel soon to be published this fall.
Books in the Knight and Rogue series:
1. The Last Knight
2. Rogue's Home (forthcoming, September 2008)
The Last Knight (#1 in the Knight and Rogue series) by Hilari Bell (Eos, 2007)