Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Unlikely companions in adventure

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)


  1. AnonymousJuly 24, 2008

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the review, I will definitely look out for it.

  2. Is it just me, or does this sound a bit like Don Quixote?!

  3. bon-jur! i've somewhat updated my blog....still nothing to yours *sigh* lol

  4. AnonymousJuly 25, 2008

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  5. Rhinoa - I think you'd like this one - it's a great start to a promising series.

    Heather - you are absolutely right! Even his horse had a few "issues." Lots of fun!

    Hey, Margot - great to hear from you!
    I'm off to check out your latest post.

    And thanks again, Missprint! I'm looking forward to spreading the love. :-)

  6. This one sounds great!! I'm with Rhinoa on this one. I will have to keep an eye out for this one!

  7. I really like Hilari Bell, you should definitely check out some of her other novels. The Farsala Trilogy is good and has the added bonus that all three books are out so you don't have to wait for the sequels. ;)

  8. Stephanie - it is a lot of fun - I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

    Em - I definitely plan on reading more by Hilari Bell - and it sounds like that trilogy is a great place to start. I love when the books are already out! Thanks for the recommendation.

  9. I'm not sure if it was your blog that made me add this to my wishlist or not, but it's been there for a while and I should just suck it up and buy it. ;) No chance my pathetic library will be getting it soon so I might have to see what I can do!

  10. Cat - I just brought the sequel home from the library, and I'm excited to read it. I'll let you know how it goes! I hope your library gets it. Maybe the first one's out in paperback now that the sequel has been published.


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