Monday, October 18, 2010

Book Review: Players Ruse

TITLE: Players Ruse
Book 3 in the Knight and Rogue series
AUTHOR: Hilari Bell
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: adventure, mystery, fantasy
PREMISE: Michael and Fisk are back and this time they get involved in a scheme with pirates and troupe players that brings them into contact with Michaels unrequited love and Fisk's old mentor...
MY REVIEW: If you've been reading this blog awhile, you know I'm a big fan of Knight and Rogue as well as Bell's other books. They're just so much dang fun. For those that don't know the premise: a noble who fancies himself a knight and a ex-con man basically hang out together and solve mysteries. It's basically a medieval take on buddy cop shows and I pretty much love it.
Now to warn, like the previous books, there's not much romance in this one. Neither of the guys gets a girl. I frankly approve of this. It's nice reading just a old-fashioned mystery adventure without falling into the typical romance triangle tropes of YA. Romance would distract from the fun of Michael and Fisk bantering back and forth anyway.
I will say this wasn't as interesting as the previous two till the last couple of chapters because we find out a bit more about Fisk and I find his character really interesting so I appreciated learning more about him and why he is the way he is. But it's still enjoyable and well written as always. I don't know if Bell's planning another Knight and Rogue book (I hope so!) but I do know there is a sequel to Goblin Wood (another of her awesome books) coming out in the next month or so. Can't wait.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of Hilari Bell's books, if you've read the first two books, if you don't mind mysteries with lack of romance
MY RATING: Four out of Five ships

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