By Hilari Bell
Eos, Hardcover, 9780060825065, 422pp.
Publication Date: August 26, 2008
The Boys Are Back
Sir Michael Sevenson and his squire, Fisk, can't seem to keep out of hot water. After five long years, Fisk has been called home to Ruesport to investigate who framed his sister Anna's husband, Max, as a blackmailer. Anna figures that Fisk, with his criminal past, is uniquely qualified to find out who set Max up. Of course Michael feels he has to come along to help his friend; but now he wears the tattoos of the unredeemed and fears he might be more hindrance than help.
As in The Last Knight, Hilari Bell's first Knight and Rogue novel, Rogue's Home combines the banter of a buddy story with elements of classic fantasy, medieval derring-do, and mystery. Michael and Fisk are likable guys who just seem to he magnets for trouble. You never know what is going to happen to these would-be heroes next.
“[P]art buddy comedy, part Don Quixote, and part mystery novel, Bell outdoes herself with this intrepid pair. ...Count on the book’s humor, suspense, and plot twists to keep readers coming back for future installments.”
-School Library Journal
“[G]reat: lost of humor, likable people, mystery and suspense aplenty.”
“[W]ell drawn and...diverting... The mystery may be the central focus of the novel, but the appeal of the series lies in the two strong protagonists...and the fundamental tension as well as growing bond between them.”
“Bell writes with a buoyant, easygoing style, creating character and setting...with economy and giving her readers a lighthearted, but also warmhearted, tale. ...Good-humored and thoughtful, this has the appeal of a dashing mystery-adventure, but the deeper elements of friendship and family loyalty give it substance.”
-Horn Book Magazine