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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
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by HarperTeen
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Jerri I love this book and this series. Love the relationship between Mike and Fisk, love the humor, love the deep moral issues raised that make the reader…moreI love this book and this series. Love the relationship between Mike and Fisk, love the humor, love the deep moral issues raised that make the reader think. Also, great writing style.(less)

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Alice
Mar 16, 2009 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, my-favs
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).
Kat
Oct 19, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
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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Kristen
Jun 29, 2010 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
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Kristy
Aug 29, 2012 Kristy rated it liked it
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
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ninefly
excerpt from detailed review here:
http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2009/1...

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
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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
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Jules
Mar 12, 2012 Jules rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, loved-it, funny
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
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Trish
Apr 17, 2010 Trish rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Mar 30, 2010 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Evelyn
Jun 04, 2011 Evelyn rated it really liked it
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
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Lauren
Apr 22, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: old
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.
Talia
Aug 02, 2015 Talia rated it really liked it
The Knight and Rogue books are probably not Hilari Bell's best, but they are absolutely my favorites. Charming, touching, complex, weird, fun. Light, until they suddenly aren't. Here you will find friendship and zany animal companions, but also a lot of moral exploration that, while not subtle, I find interesting and satisfying. I like these books.
Jessica
Dec 11, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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.
Carina
Oct 24, 2016 Carina rated it really liked it
It was pretty interesting; I'd honestly like more info about Magica, and other things in the world. The main characters were interesting, I like how Sir Michael is kind of ridiculed for filling the knight trope, though his partner in justice could do with less cynicism; Fisk could kind of get on my nerves, but I guess the point is for the two to contrast each other, making the tale much more entertaining.
Meg
Jan 13, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Kell Andrews
Feb 28, 2017 Kell Andrews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Really liked this alternating POV buddy adventure.
Aelvana
Dec 06, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok
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
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Egghead Reviews
Mar 26, 2015 Egghead Reviews rated it really liked it
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
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Amy Aelleah
DNF - PG 80

Why?

I dislike Fisk - one of the two narrator's - and his amusingness quickly became annoying and insufferable. Also, I think he's sexist. When I get quotes like these:

The lady's long, dark hair no longer swirled, but clung to her head in much the same way the bodice of her dress clung to her figure.

Her amused, rain-wet face was attractive, if you like strong, even features better than soft prettiness. Me, I like both […]

I glared back, glad that I was bigger and stronger than she was.

S
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Bookworm1858
Apr 24, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
The Last Knight by Hilari Bell
Eos, 2007
357 pages
YA; Fantasy
4/5 stars

Source: Library

Read for Best Overlooked YA Book Battle.

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
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Sinovera
Jun 08, 2011 Sinovera rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth
Dec 20, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I enjoyed Hilari Bell’s Sword of Waters trilogy enough to want to pick up another book by her, and I’m glad I did. The cover of The Last Knight evoked Melina Marchetta (Finnikin of the Rock) and Cinda Williams Chima (The Demon King) vibes, and while it wasn’t as gripping or as complexly built as either of those author’s series, I thought The Last Knight was quite good.

While the world is a little confusing in places and not as seamlessly integrated as it could have been, overall I thought it quit
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Saphirablue
Mar 13, 2012 Saphirablue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Saphirablue by: Goodreads
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Dryad86
Aug 11, 2014 Dryad86 rated it it was amazing
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
Shoujo85
** 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
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Yasaman
Sep 01, 2014 Yasaman rated it it was amazing
I just reread the whole book in a couple of hours, and I was reminded of why I absolutely loved this series so much when I first read it. I love, love, love Fisk and Michael! Everything about them is perfect; their characterization, their development, their relationship, their backstories - their banters! Oh, dear god the banters! For me, attention to the richness and the evenness of characterizations is always more prominent than the plot - that's not to say the plot isn't interesting because i ...more
Arabesque
Oct 13, 2012 Arabesque rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
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Toastkat
Feb 09, 2016 Toastkat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Being a fan of fantasy stories and playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends, I found this book highly enjoyable. It had a great plot with a hook that set in deeper with every turn of the page. The best part of this was that there was no silly romantic sub-plot to get in the way of the story. I could jokingly say that “it’s really a bro-mance”, but that’s not true. It was a good example of how to weave a story of friendship, adventure, and intrigue without sacrificing any of the elements of s ...more
Mara
Nov 04, 2011 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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