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The Last Knight (Knight and Rogue #1)

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Need a Hero?

You've got one in Sir Michael Sevenson.

Although there hasn't been a knight errant in over two hundred years, this young noble has decided to revive the trade. He's found himself a reluctant partner in Fisk, a clever rogue who has been given the choice of serving as Michael's squire or going to jail for a very long time. Now Michael and Fisk are on a quest to ri
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by HarperTeen
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The characters in the The Last Knight are entirely believable, which is one of the books strongest points. Mike is just what you’d imagine a modern knight errant to be, sweet, and just slightly moronic, and his squire perfectly embodies the street wise sidekick every hero needs. The world that Bell creates is fresh and new, and the plot is hardly ever predictable (which is a great plus).
This book really surprised me. A friend loaned it to me along with a few others that... were slow going... so it took me awhile to decide to read this book. I'm glad I did. This was a fun fantasy romp in a new world. A YA book that lacks sex or angst was what I needed after the others the friend loaned. This one was refreshingly free of all that *oh, the pain of existence* crap.

One of the aspects of this book that I really liked was the constant switching of perspective from chapter to chapter.
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I was in quite a rush to finish this book because I had bought it with the intent of gifting it to my friend the next day but instead, I became quite captivated by it myself. The mythology and world building is imaginative and original, combining a medieval setting with a unique blend of magic and quite "modern" characters who believe valiant knighthood is outdated. The character voices are distinct and sympathetic, altern
There be spoilers abroad:

Come gather round Lords and Lady's.
Come here the tale of brave, Sir Michael, a sort-of bumbling but brave knight and his wise, smart-mouthed squire Fisk. This unlikely pair have been partitioned to "rescue" a fair Maiden, Lady Ciecel, only maybe she's not quite so helpless or innocent for that matter. Well, they rescue her anyways, only to find out this woman is being held for probably murdering her husband with potions. After finding this out, the clueless knight is for
The story was ok, but when all was said and don't, I felt like it was a waste of time. I could have re-read something else and enjoyed myself more. The quote on the cover about what a great writer the author is... well, clearly that reviewer and I have a difference of opinion.

I read this genre because the world building is so much fun to read and explore. Here, there really wasn't much of that. And the characters are very flat and there isn't much development of them either.

The story is goes li
Even though I'm reading a lot of books in a row by this author, I did not get tired of her writing style or the patterns she uses. The books are changed just enough not to resemble each other too closely, but honest enough to feel only like witnessing her development as a writer. I think this new series is my favorite so far.

I love the characters of a knight errant and his squire traipsing the countryside, braving the adventures and the snickers alike. And how interesting for her to choose to pl
Small Review
Two guys are better than one

There’s something about stories following two guys as they combine forces that just gets me every time. Holmes and Watson, Dean and Sam Winchester, a friendship duo like that is an automatic “YES PLEASE!” for me. Hilari Bell’s Knight and Rogue series is no exception.

Hilari Bell has created two superb characters in Michael and Fisk. Michael and Fisk are opposites in most ways, often finding themselves at odds with one another over questions of morality and what consti
I had heard some bad reviews of this from friends and didn't have very high expectations for it. A few chapters in and I was entertained enough, curious to see where it would go. Little did I know that I would become hooked quickly, like speck of dust in a suctioning vacuum. I was strangely engrossed in it, and looking back after finishing, there really wasn't a thing that I thought should be changed.

The story of Sir Michael and Fisk, the "Knight" and "squire". Michael has a dream of adventure
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
A good book. A bit slow in places.

Michael is an errant knight. His father wants him to become steward for his older brother, but he does not want to live his life in the place where he was born. He and his father get into a big fight, and his father makes an off hand comment about being an errant knight. That comment set his path. It must be noted, that the age of Knights has passed.

While Michael is out doing good he comes across a trial. He sees judgement passed upon three people. The last one
Hilari Bell is quickly gaining my reader-loyalty. Lighter in premise than her Farsala trilogy, this book nevertheless serves up plenty of action and intrigue as the well-meaning actions of "knight-errant" Michael and his reluctant squire Fisk lead them into a worthy adventure.

Things I really like: the resolution of their quest, the reveal of Lady Ceciel's true intentions, the development of their friendship, and the glimpse into a magic system and world that I will in all likelihood have a lot o
Egghead Reviews
Overall review:
(This book was published in 2007) During this past spring break, I have found the oh, so glorious fantasy label. Of course, I realized that it existed before, but I didn’t know the books that were labeled as fantasy contained stuff about prince, and princesses, dragons and all that fun stuff. It’s what I’m mostly interested in reading now, because of one of the stories that I’m writing. Blech, I’m doing it again; bad, Kalee stop talking about yourself. Time to fly over to the ac
Fisk was a con man, until Michael rescues him from the judge and makes him a squire. Knight errants went out of fashion a few hundred years ago, but Michael is determined to make it work. Unfortunately the damsel in distress turns out to be a woman accused of murdering her husband, and their punishment for freeing her is to get her back so she can face justice.

Of the two, I liked Fisk better because Michael seemed a bit too out of touch with reality most of the book. Fisk isn't entirely willing
This story was ok, but ultimately didn't capture my interest the way many of Hilari Bell's other works did. Ultimately, this struck me as the most juvenile of her work, both in shallowness of theme and in writing style. It's very typical young adult fantasy, a concept and execution both that we've seen a million times. If you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably like this book, but I personally wouldn't recommend it. Go check out some of the author's other books instead.
Angie Lisle
Knight and Rogue, Book 1

Two character points of view between Sir Michael, a knight errant, and his squire, Fisk, who is also a con man. We get just enough of each character to know that there is more to both their stories.

I had problems keeping the narrators straight and had to backtrack occasionally to check, which was frustrating but helped show how the two characters are rubbing off on each other.

The world itself is doled out in tantalizing pieces - as with the characters, we get just enoug
It’s been a while since I read a fantasy book this good.
I made the mistake to read the blurb of book 2… and it kept nagging at me, while reading book 1, how Sir Michael ended the way it did…
Reading, I had my theories about the ending and about the investigation they were running. It turned out in a total surprise. I only guessed right one thing: the reason Sir Michael doesn’t take Lady Cecil back after they know everything.
I kept grinning to myself while reading the story, and the give and take
Dec 17, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 11 and up
Shelves: pre-teen-teens
Excellent book. It was an easy read since it was written for tennagers but it had very engaging characters. I am on to the next in the series.
Angie Lisle
Two character points of view between Sir Michael, a knight errant, and his squire, Fisk, who is also a con man. We get just enough of each character to know that there is more to both their stories.

I had problems keeping the narrators straight and had to backtrack occasionally to check, which was frustrating but helped show how the two characters are rubbing off on each other.

The world itself is doled out in tantalizing pieces - as with the characters, we get just enough to know that there's mor
Buzzwords: Alternating POVs, knight errant, good deeds, adventure, cynicism, truth, cons, justice, paying debts, seafaring, magic, nobility

Sir Michael and his squire, Fisk, couldn't be more different - Michael the soul of honesty (sometimes at the expense of sense) and a knight of olde in a time when there really isn't much place for him, Fisk a semi-retired con man whose cynicism, worldliness, and ability to get out of any pickle serve him well. It's great fun to see them adventure together, gr
Aug 19, 2014 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book didn't totally wow me, or anything, but it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were very lifelike and believable. I found myself really liking Fisk, and becoming fondly exasperated with Michael (which I think was the point). The plot was interesting and had many unexpected turns as the characters fell into one unexpected mishap after another. My only complaints were that although the book was full of adventure it was never "gripping," and the magic system was never fully explaine ...more
Review from 2009...

This book was one of the biggest surprises I've had in a while! Never expect things to go as planned! Precisely, I might add, the lesson Fisk and Sir Michael learn in The Last Night. Fisk is lad of 17 who was rescued from execution by a Knight errant. Sir Michael is the knight errant who sets out on quests of noble acts and brings Fisk along with him as his Squire. The problem? Knight errants don't exist anymore and Michael is the first one to become one in hundreds of years.
The premise: In a world with a complicated magical/religious system and a commerce based judicial system, a young nobleman (younger son) Michael, decided to pursue life as a knight errant and traveling the countryside doing good deeds. This is weird. No one does this. His sanity is questioned most people including his family and his reluctant 'squire' Fisk (former thief, con man and other lamentable, if successful, trades). Sadly, Michael's naive attempts to do good get him into serious difficul ...more
I did not want this novel to end, and my first act once it did was to order the rest of the series. I just fell in love with both the story and characters, and there's not a thing that could have made me love the book more.

For one thing, the setting was so rich and beautifully described. I felt like I lived there, for the smallest details built the world around me until it was palpable. I loved how the setting resembled a classic medieval setting, but Bell filled the outline up with aspects tha
Can I give this book 10 stars, please?

Long story short: I had tears in my eyes after finishing this one, and not because it ended terribly, but because this book was pure perfection. Hilari Bell is my hero. My author crush. Seriously, I'm in love with her writing. I'm in love with her characters. Seriously, is it possible to love a book this much? I swear, it's my new favorite, and I will probably reread it a hundred times in the future.

I have always adored Hilari Bell's talent. I read her "Far
The Last Knight by Hilari Bell
Eos, 2007
357 pages
YA; Fantasy
4/5 stars

Source: Library

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Eighteen-year old Sir Michael has decided to take up the lost art of knight errantry in order to avoid a stultifying existence on his father's estate. He saves a seventeen-year old Fisk from his criminal existence to serve as his squire. One night they rescue Lady Ceciel from a tower only to discover the next day that she had been sentenced there for poisoning her husband. T
This book's style is one where the POV of two characters are shown. Each Chapter takes alternating turns between the first person view of two main characters: Michael and Fisk. I've always thought that this style was really cool and is one of my favourites. However, Hilari Bell didn't quite pull it off in this book. It succeeded in advancing the story or telling it efficiently for there were times when just Michael's POV or just Fisk's POV wouldn't have been enough (because of situations like no ...more
** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **

I very much liked the interaction between Sir Michael & Fisk (it was very reminiscent of Pagan and Lord Roland from the Pagan chronicles by Catherine Jinks) but the slightly disturbing events that occur towards the end with the 'murderess' put a bit of a damper on the book for me.

There are also some questions about Fisk's past which aren't answered but there is a sequel so it will probably be dealt with then. I can think of far better e
One word: hilarious. I usually hate characters like Fisk - no honor, "dashing" rogue, womanizer, irritating sarcasm (I love sarcasm, but not the type that's usually employed by adolescent males). Fisk is certainly a womanizer (more on that later), but he's hilarious in every other respect. Few books cause me to laugh out loud; this one did.

Michael, too, was not without his sarcasm. Hilari Bell used a very interesting method of first person narration that works very well when done properly: she s
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One of my fav books ever! I love Michael and Fisk sooo much! Good to a fault knight errant Michael saves the skeptical thief Fisk. Fisk is then forced to be this crazy man's squire! There first adventure saving a beautiful lady stuck in a tower goes all wrong when the Lady turns out to be a murderess. The two are then forced on a adventure to redeem themselves. Sir Michael and Fish often clash heads on morals but the two slowly star depending ion each other and become great friends.
Laura Martin
My favorite book of all time. Meet the naive and wistful Michael, a noble born and bred that wants nothing more than to be a knight errant. The only problem? Knights errant have been extinct for years! Fighting against his family, he is determined to rescue damsels in distress and bring justice to the land with the help of his "squire" a rogue and conman called Fisk. The world and characters are solidly developed, and make for a timeless tale that will always have a place in my heart.
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