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Thief's War

(Knight and Rogue #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Knights errant aren't supposed to let the bad guy escape. But Sir Michael and his squire, Fisk, were up to their necks in mayhem (as usual) and Fisk's old mentor, Jack Bannister, quietly slithered away. Now Michael has tracked Jack to the notorious city of Tallowsport -- and it turns out Jack wasn't exaggerating when he said the crime boss he works for runs the town. With ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 8th 2014 by Courtney Literary
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A copy of Thief's War was provided for me by the Author. I was not obligated to write a positive review. This is my full and honest opinion.

Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Oh yes, I love the cover. It’s simplistic and pretty and intriguing. And it’s in keeping with the series theme.

Characters: What can I say – I’m a big Fisk and Michael fan! Michael is gallant and honorable and always trying to do the right thing and help people in distress. He’s so nice that it can be labeled a flaw as well as a virtue
Certainly the weakest of the series--Michael and Fisk are best together and they were separated for nearly the whole book. My heart bled for Fisk though. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Like the other books, this was good fun but not really good literature.

Reread: January 27 2016

I was only going to read the first chapter but I accidentally read the whole book.
Small Review
wow, that might have been the best one yet! But that ending! Aaah I need the next book now!

Originally posted on Small Review blog

Why isn't there more buzz about this series?

The Knight and Rogue series is one of those hidden gem series that doesn't seem to get talked about a whole lot but I'm gobsmacked as to why (except maybe the covers. Gotta say, I'm not a fan of them).

I'm going to try writing this review a little differently because, let's be honest, who doesn't shy away at the sight of a rev
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, ya, fantasy
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 because I love this series too much.
First of all, I'm so glad I read this one while the other two installments are already out because I could not have been able to cope with anything ever until I was sure I had my hands on the next book immediately. The ending of this book has one of the absolute worst cliffhangers I've ever had to endure, and I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing; on the one hand: OHMYGOD, feelings! And on the other hand: OHMYGOD,
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it

I was told that the writing quality had gone way down-hill in this book, and the ending made no sense.
When I started it, I agreed. The plot seemed weak compared to the others, and the writing seemed to have been barely glanced at by the editor (note: I have the ebook. I imagine that the paper copy is better edited. For some reason ebooks get messed up a lot.)
But then the actual plot develops, the writing picks up, and it becomes just as good as the others. Even better, in fact, because of t
Kylie Underwood
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
First off, I gave this book a lower rating than the other two because it's lacking in the thing that makes the series great for me. That is, the character interactions. Michael and Fisk are apart for most of the book, but even beyond that, we hardly ever see either of them dealing with anybody recurring who isn't a die-hard foe, and it gets a bit draining after awhile. Similarly, while the stakes are much higher now than ever before, the fact that they both feel so isolated makes it harder, pers ...more
Rebecca Williamson
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charming! What makes this book so much fun are the characters, who are a delightful cross between Don Quixote and Robin Hood. The story switches back and forth between Michael, who considers himself a "knight errant" whose mission is to right wrongs, and his sidekick Fisk, a lovable rogue and a thief. Both of them are outcasts in a magical land where they are in search of adventures. And they find plenty of them in the form of trouble when they go up against the nasty villain who controls the po ...more
D.L. Morrese
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fisk is still Michael's squire, but his first mentor was a thief and a conman. Despite being untrustworthy, Fisk feels he still owes him some degree of loyalty despite the fact that he knows the feeling is not reciprocated. In this installment of the Knight and Rogue series, that mentor is in the middle of some very nefarious goings on, and Fisk must decide what he owes to whom.

This book possibly marks the point at which the series turns from being ostensibly 'Young Adult' to being general fanta
Lady Arwen
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was my least favorite of the series so far, mostly because Michael and Fisk spent so much time apart. I like that the orphans were completely believable, unlike most of the street kids I come across in fantasy books. I also like that Michael and Fisk had some major conflict in their relationship, the way real friends do, but that ending really hurt, and I’m glad I don’t have to wait for book five.
Eon Ice
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just wow. BEST book yet, hands down!! Suspenseful and amazing all the way through! You can really see the culmination of all Fisk and Michael's years together and the whole of it just SHINES <3
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A solid 3.5 story. Much of the same.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Fisk closed his eyes, like a man facing some terrible accident he can’t prevent. ‘I see it coming. It’s not as if I can’t see it coming’.”

You and me both, Fisk.

Thief’s War was … intense. It has all the humor and charm that makes the series and the characters so memorable, but this time around the stakes are higher. The plot also has a bad habit of whipping around and sucker punching you right in the gut, just to make sure your feelings are still flowing.

It starts off innocently enough – Michael
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's fine. This is fine. Everything is fine. It's fine. It's fine.

I forgot how intense this book is? Up until now, Michael and Fisk's adventures have been episodic mysteries with a lot of talking to people and slowly collecting clues. Sure, their lives were in danger, and they took risks but nothing on the level of Thief's War.

Also, this book is so tight. There's not a single wasted scene, and every exchange of dialogue is so poignant. We also get backstory — like actual flashbacks!

And yes, the
Aurora Dimitre
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Okay, this book.

So, I have been waiting for this book for a while. A few years, at least. And wow did it not disappoint.

The book started out in typical Knight and Rogue fashion - Michael and Fisk are wandering around, doing their knightly/squirely duty, when they come across something... not quite right and maybe more than a little corrupt. And, in typical Knight and Rogue fashion, they decide that they need to help out.

This time, this 'not quite right' thing is a man named Tony Rose wh
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to admit to it being perhaps a couple of years since I read books 1-3. I have to admit that other than remembering that I loved the series, that it involved a Quixotic knight errant and his "squire" who was really his friend, that at times it was funny, and how the two of them went around trying to do good deeds, I did not remember much of anything. I have noticed that other reviewers talk about this being darker than the other books. I do not remember the series being dark (I actualky th ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Knight and Rogue series is probably one of my favorite fantasy series. While this wasn't my favorite installment (the first book definitely maintains that position) it was still an enjoyable read. As usual, I love the characters of Fisk and Michael. Their interactions are fantastic, though I appreciated Hilari Bell's choice to have them separated for a good part of the novel. We've really never seen how they would interact with the people around them without the other one, so it was interest ...more
Aug 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
Give me a moment... WHAT?!?!?!? You cannot underestimate my love for this series. Generally I reread a book once, if I like it. Sometimes I get halfway through and stop because I realize once was enough. I've read the first book about 4 times and the other two in descending order as I discovered them to my delight. After Player's Ruse I thought to myself "it's done, that ending was open but I can live with it. The other books were written in fast succession, if there's a next book it would be ou ...more
Sarah Morenon
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As usual with Hilari Bell's books, the vital items of character development, plot, and beautiful writing are all taken care of. It's never a matter of the good versus the bad in a simplistic fashion. The basic premise (this is book 4, after all) is that a young idealistic fellow with the right accent is a Knight Errant and he saves another fellow who then serves as his squire. This book deals with a man who has co-opted the judicial and security systems of a town with an eye to taking over the c ...more
Joe Anderson
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received my copy of this book from Goodreads and the author. It is the 4th in a series. I'd read the first (several years ago) and enjoyed it, so when THIEF'S WAR arrived in the mail, I quickly re-read LAST KNIGHT and then continued with ROGUE'S HOME and PLAYER'S RUSE.

In THIEF'S WAR, our heroes, Michael and Fisk, confront their most difficult quest, one that demonstrates what they've learned from each other in past adventures. In LAST KNIGHT, Michael chooses mercy over justice; now it is Fisk
Angie Lisle
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series gets better with each book.

Each book is a subplot for the overall series plot. Michael and Fisk have been working their ways around their kingdom, making friends and enemies everywhere they go. I'm contemplating how all these friends and enemies are going to come together in the end. I know something is building, but I haven't figured out what (yet). Bell keeps me guessing, the way a master storyteller should. She takes all the standard sci-fantasy tricks and gives them a twist that
Emma Winona
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was really pumped for this, having not read a K&R novel in awhile and curious after the ending of the previous novel. I really think K&R is a fantastic concept for a series because every book's ending leaves me wanting to read more, and this one certainly did.

I love a good crime novel and Thief's War is definitely a crime novel, but sometimes I feel crime novels lack emotion and character depth. Knight and Rogue is one of the literary kings of emotion and character depth. Overall I just really
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Since I've been waiting a long time for this sequel to come out, I was real excited to read it; but when it came in the mail, I was surprised at how thin it was. It's probably half as thick as her other books. It was still a good read, and it was great to get to go on another adventure with Fisk & Michael, but it felt like she rushed through things. There weren't as many details as in her other books, and I was disappointed. I still recommend it, but next time one of books comes out I'll be chec ...more
Jun 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
I may be nearly 21.
I may be a professional young woman going places in the world and working 60 hours a week.
I may have studied for a semester at Oxford University.
But let me tell you....I am going to squeal like a 16 year old when I get my hands on this book. I will fangirl like a pre-teen. I will stay up way to late and re-read all three preceding books for like the tenth time.
WHY WHY WHY does my library not have it? Are they trying to make me
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Oops, almost forgot to enter this book. I really enjoyed this one, and thought Michael and Fisk really grew in this book. However, I cannot decide if I love the ending (as a likely and perhaps inevitable outcome), or hate it (is this really the end???). I suppose if this is actually the last book in the series it is a decent ending, much as I would dislike it. Part of me is hoping that there is another book in the works to make the state of the characters at the end only temporary. Oh well, gues ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reading
Another almost-too-good-to-be-true read from Ms. Bell! Seriously, I can't explain why I love this series so much, but suffice it to say that I do. Not many series from my middle and high school days can draw me back in and still elicit the same absorption and connection, but the writing and the characters of this series were fantastically familiar but new. It's been at least two years since I last read a Knight and Rogue book, and yet within a few paragraphs of Thief's War I found myself at home ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
The story is gripping, the moral conflict is good, and the (very peripheral) female characters are characters. (Or aren't in the story enough for one to notice they're not.) Probably the best of the series so far, and the most intense.
Megan Taubenheim
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've reread this installment twice before, but wow, it still gets to me every time. I've never read a book with a more conflicting ending--conflicting because I GET It but I can't TAKE IT. Amazing and heartbreaking and so, so GOOD.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Clever. Michael and Fisk meet the Mafia. Sort of.
Frustratingly, it ends in another cliffhanger.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
EXCELLENT! I love the Knight and Rogue novels, and now I can't wait for numbers 5 & 6! ...more
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