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The Last Knight (Knight and Rogue) Paperback – August 26, 2008
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A lot of writers will tell you that they've been writers from the time they were children--well, I'm not one of those people. I was always a reader. There's nothing better than falling into the world of a book and just living there till the story's over...and even then, it stays in your head and heart. At least, the best ones do. But writing came a lot later, in school assignments--which I enjoyed, but still, assignments. Homework no less.
I started writing seriously when I first got out of library school. I'd been reading picture books preparing to do storytimes, and I thought, "Picture books. They're short. They're for little kids. How hard could it be?" Several years and dozens of unsold--and unsalable--picture books later I'd found out how hard they could be! Picture books are harder to write (a good one, anyway) than anything except poetry. And they're harder to sell than anything but poetry, too.
One of the things I've learned about writing over the years is to never say never, because whenever I've said "I will never write XYZ" within a few years I end up writing it. Some true examples: I could never write a novel. I could never write a young adult novel. I could never write science fiction. I could never write an adult novel. I could never make those books a romance. (OK, so I haven't actually made them into a romance, but a lot more romantic elements are creeping into my writing.) I should probably say, I could never write a best seller, just to see what would happen... Hmm. I could never write a best seller!
OK, Murphy's Law being what it is, that probably won't work. If for no other reason than that, primarily, I write for me. This is something I probably shouldn't admit, but I don't really care that much about my audience. (Sorry, audience.) I write the books I want to read. I tell the stories that I want to tell. And I write to make the story the best it can be...because the story is what I care about it. I love it when other people care about my stories too, but that's not my primary motivation. Which is the other reason "I could never write a best seller."
(I know it probably won't work--but it doesn't hurt to try, now does it?)
Top Customer Reviews
So the stage is set, as Michael and Fisk set out to rescue the Lady Ceciel from imprisonment in a tower. Thinking themselves gallantly coming to the aid of a Lady, it isn't until after Lady Ceciel is long gone that they are informed the reason for her imprisonment. Far from a damsel in distress, Ceciel had been imprisoned pending her trial on the charges of murdering her husband. Facing imprisonment themselves, Michael and Fisk are offered a chance to redeem themselves if they track down Lady Ceciel and bring her to justice. Lady Ceciel is wily, however, and she is determined not to be caught again.
Hilari Bell has created three superb characters in Michael, Fisk, and Lady Ceciel. Michael and Fisk are opposites in most ways, often finding themselves at odds with one another over questions of morality and what constitutes a wise course of action. These debates are highly amusing. Michael is well-described and wears his heart on his sleeve. He is a noble and kind man with an unwavering sense of right and wrong.Read more ›
You can't go wrong with this story. :) It is fun, well written, good paced, a surprising delight, and a great adventure. It left me wanting to dive straight in to the continuing journey.
I liked the story of friendship, especially since it was a friendship neither of the characters expected to find in each other. I highly recommend it.
The world is complex and engaging, the magic system is unusual, dark, and threatening, and the plot is both hilarious and fascinating, often tearing apart common fantasy tropes in the most entertaining way possible. What really makes this one of my favorite books, however, is the character interaction. Michael and Fisk are one of my favorite duos out there, with wonderfully contrasting personalities, nigh endless banter, and their friendship, as it grows, is the type that has you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
That's not to say, of course, that the story is without its perils. I was either grinning or wincing throughout, the latter because there's no shortage of hardships along the road- The Last Knight hits the "trauma conga line" tv trope right on the nail. (If you enjoy a bit of hurt/comfort in your tales, that's just a bonus.) There are high stakes, and moments that might get your heart going a bit, but its one of those books that you walk away from feeling all the better for having read it.
another part I liked about this book was the willingness of Michael to sacrifice himself for the people around him, even the ones who didn't particularly deserve it.
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I read this previously. This copy is a gift for a friend. Excellent story, very fun. Love the characters.Published 5 months ago by Kiersty Lemon
This is a delightful romp through the medieval period. There have been no knight errands in hundreds of years, but Sir Michael decides to become one and forces a young man in his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jodie
I was at a loss after BBC's Merlin ended it's run and was looking for another show to take it's place. Read morePublished 17 months ago by puddlemini
Read this in High school! Loved the authors tone. Great and even fun for book reports :)Published 18 months ago by Amber Farnum
Two character points of view between Sir Michael, a knight errant, and his squire, Fisk, who is also a con man. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angie Lisle
I adore this book so much. The plot line is so perfect, and it teaches you so many things. In most books there's one key moral, and in this one, there are so many. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Katherine Berg
This book reminds my why I enjoy reading. I actually read it awhile ago, but seeing it on goodreads reminded me I never gave it a review (and it really deserves one). Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by A. Everett
The Last Knight is told by two different narrators, Sir Michael and his squire Fisk. I don't know that I've actually read a book where there were two male narrators, so it took me... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey