Player's Ruse (Knight and Rogue Series #3)

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Friends Are More Trouble Than Foes

Sir Michael Sevenson and his squire, Fisk, were just beginning to enjoy the quiet life. They really should have known better. When Lady Rosamund runs away from home to marry a traveling player, former knight errant Michael makes a noble promise to help the object of his unrequited love. The quest takes our would-be heroes to the coastal town of Huckerston, where savage sea pirates called wreckers terrorize the coast. With the help of a ...

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Overview

Friends Are More Trouble Than Foes

Sir Michael Sevenson and his squire, Fisk, were just beginning to enjoy the quiet life. They really should have known better. When Lady Rosamund runs away from home to marry a traveling player, former knight errant Michael makes a noble promise to help the object of his unrequited love. The quest takes our would-be heroes to the coastal town of Huckerston, where savage sea pirates called wreckers terrorize the coast. With the help of a reluctant Fisk, Michael plans on catching the wreckers and winning back his lady; but when mysterious murders and dangerous accidents threaten the town and its players, love might be the least of his problems. . . .

Part buddy novel, part medieval whodunit, the latest installment of Hilari Bell's Knight and Rogue Novels continues the boys' saga with another classic tale of mishaps, wit, and adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Megan Lynn Isaac
Michael and Fisk find trouble again in this third installment of Bell's amusing Knight and Rogue series. Manipulated by Michael's love-struck cousin Rose into providing an escort for her as she runs away to join her beloved, the adventurers accidentally witness a particularly despicable crime. Along an isolated stretch of coast, bandits light faux signal fires to lure ships to destruction, enabling them to pillage the wreckage. The leaders of the nearest town struggle to capture the criminals who threaten their port as Michael, ardently, and Fisk, reluctantly, work behind the scenes to solve the problem themselves. As the bodies pile up, the stakes grow higher. New friendships with Master Makejoye, the leader of a company of players, and Michael's own unrequited love for Rose serve to complicate matters. Wisely Bell chooses to make the issue of magica and Michael's odd powers secondary to the criminal mystery this time around. As in the earlier volumes, the tale is fast-paced and cleverly plotted. The witty banter and playful exchanges between Michael and Fisk keep the tone light even while they engage in dangerous midnight raids. Once again, however, the easy friendship between the noble Michael and the lowly Fisk tends to make their voices too similar. Readers need to pay close attention to chapter breaks lest the strategy of alternating narration between the heroes lead to confusion. On the other hand, as Fisk would be first to say, whenever Michael decides to lend his knightly aid, confusion is inevitable. Reviewer: Megan Lynn Isaac
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—This book continues the adventures of Michael Sevenson, a self-proclaimed knight errant (although they went out of fashion a couple of hundred years ago) and his squire, Fisk, a former con artist. The duo travel to Huckerston, a port town where wreckers are at work. Michael's distant cousin and love interest, the fair Rosamund, has run away to Huckerston to join her love, Rudy, a tightrope walker who is missing some toes. He is a traveling player with Mr. Makejoye's troupe, which the knight and squire join. Much of the book's humor and appeal comes from the friendship and interplay between Michael and Fisk, the former well-intentioned but foolhardy, while the latter is more reality-based and cynical. They tell the story in alternating chapters as they encounter murder, piracy, robbery, and all sorts of chaos while they try to expose the wreckers, find the loot, and woo Rosamund. Michael is able to see magic in objects and has the gift of animal handling, which is helpful in offsetting his gift of attracting trouble. The time period feels medieval, yet street lamps are mentioned, as is Fisk's former job as a bouncer in a tavern. This incongruity adds to the book's humor. A blend of fantasy, adventure, and mystery, with a large cast of characters and a fast-paced plot, this installment will appeal most to fans of the previous titles.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Over a year after their last adventure (Rogue's Home, 2008), Sir Michael, the last knight, and his worldly-wise sidekick, Fisk, are dragged into a new imbroglio when Michael's lovelorn cousin, Rosamund, appears at their boarding house seeking help. After traveling across the country, they join a troupe of traveling actors and become caught up in the search to capture a gang of ship-wreckers. The story unfolds in alternating chapters that reveal the deepening friendship of the duo and yield rich characterization from different perspectives. The writing sparkles with wit: Laugh-out-loud episodes, puns and groaners are sprinkled through the text. Suspense drives the plot, which develops quickly and climaxes in a literal cliffhanger. Fans of the first two books will welcome this installment with enthusiasm. Readers new to the series will appreciate the integration of past information and read on. Michael and Fisk are rapidly approaching adulthood-let's hope for a few more adventures before they get there. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060825096
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: Knight and Rogue Series , #3
  • Pages: 377
  • Sales rank: 597,360
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilari Bell used to work as a reference librarian, but she now writes science fiction and fantasy for kids and teens from her home base in Denver, Colorado.Hilari’s favorite activity is camping, when she spends all her time reading and hiking. She says, “Camping is the only time I can get in enough reading. Well, I take that back—when it comes to reading, there’s no such thing as enough.”

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    This book has been my favorite of the series so far, for two rea

    This book has been my favorite of the series so far, for two reasons.

    The first, because the introduction of Rosamund, even if she does seem flippant at times, breaks up the monotony of maleness between Michael and Fisk. Plus, I love that Rosamund proves the boys wrong about what they speculate will happen if she's left to her own devices - which made me realize just how dependent I am on Michael and Fisk's perceptions in order to even see this world.

    The second reason, the mystery in a book geared for kids is difficult enough to give adults a hard time figuring everything out. One of the things I love about Bell's writing is her ability to lead readers down a stereotypical fantasy/mystery road that makes us expect a cliche ending, only to find a twist or two thrown in the works that deviates the plot from what we expect. That's why I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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    Fisk and Michael encounter Lady Rosamund in their journeys. She's searching for the man she loves, but her Uncle (Michael's father) refuses to allow her to marry. Hopelessly in love with her himself, Michael agrees to help her find Rudy - a traveling player.

    Just as they're arriving into the town where their information leads them to believe Rudy will be staying, they come across a fire. When they arrive and give word of the fire, they're taken back out into the night, where they must show the sheriff and his men the exact location.

    Wreckers have been making havoc on the ships and therefore the town. No one knows who's behind the deeds, but if they don't stop them the town will go to ruins. Michael wants to investigate the matter further.

    When Rosamund finds her love, trouble follows her. When the bounty hunter attempting to take her back ends up murdered, the sheriff refuses to let Michael, Fisk, Rosamund, and the players leave town, as they're witnesses to the wrecking and the murder. Resigned, Michael and Fisk join the players in their acts.

    There's something not right amongst the players as accidents keep happening. Are they really accidents or is someone looking to cause trouble? Could these incidents be related to the wreckers, or does someone just have a grudge against Michael?

    This is the third book in the KNIGHT AND ROGUE series about two teen boys. Michael and Fisk seem like an unlikely pair, but their partnership works, as Michael tends to be softhearted, which often leads him into trouble, and Fisk's streetwise skills save the boys often. Their adventures always contain action, danger, and the strength of brotherhood.

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