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Need A Hero You Ve Got One In Sir Michael SevensonAlthough There Hasn T Been A Knight Errant In Over Two Hundred Years, This Young Noble Has Decided To Revive The Trade He S Found Himself A Reluctant Partner In Fisk, A Clever Rogue Who Has Been Given The Choice Of Serving As Michael S Squire Or Going To Jail For A Very Long Time Now Michael And Fisk Are On A Quest To Right Wrongs, Protect The Innocent, And Make The World A Happier PlaceIt S Not Going To Be Easy On Their First Attempt At Rescuing A Damsel In Distress, They Break A Lady Out Of A Tower, Only To Discover She Was There For Good Reason Awaiting Trial For Poisoning Her Husband Now The Would Be Heroes Must Find Lady Ceciel And Return Her To Justice Or Be Condemned Themselves I read this book to preview it for our school library K 8 It had some language in it that might not be appropriate, and there was some talk of bedding wenches Just a heads up.The story itself is interesting The point of view shifts from Michael, an errant knight , and Fisk, a former conman turned into Michael s squire to avoid jail Michael is well meaning, always tells the truth, but is a little stupid Fisk is clever, frequently lies, and has a hard time understanding the concept of honor in any form It is fun to see what trouble these two get into trying to solve a crime that they unwittingly participated in part of. Basic Plot Sir Michael and Fisk rescue a damsel that maybe yes maybe not ought to be rescued from a tower, then have to find her again.This book really surprised me A friend loaned it to me along with a few others that were slow going so it took me awhile to decide to read this book I m glad I did This was a fun fantasy romp in a new world A YA book that lacks sex or angst was what I needed after the others the friend loaned This one was refreshingly free of all that oh, the pain of existence crap.One of the aspects of this book that I really liked was the constant switching of perspective from chapter to chapter The two main characters alternate narration, and each one has a VERY distinct outlook on the world and voice to speak The superstition mythology magic of this world was also interesting and unique I don t know that I ve ever read anything quite like it, and I ve read a lot of fantasy This is a very low magic world, but the magic that is there is both necessary and dangerous This led to some interesting plot points The plot was well tied together, and had a lotcomplexity than I really expected from a YA novel A good read, all in all I ve noted that there is a sequel, and I plan to hunt it down in short order. The characters in the The Last Knight are entirely believable, which is one of the books strongest points Mike is just what you d imagine a modern knight errant to be, sweet, and just slightly moronic, and his squire perfectly embodies the street wise sidekick every hero needs The world that Bell creates is fresh and new, and the plot is hardly ever predictable which is a great plus. The story was ok, but when all was said and don t, I felt like it was a waste of time I could have re read something else and enjoyed myselfThe quote on the cover about what a great writer the author is well, clearly that reviewer and I have a difference of opinion.I read this genre because the world building is so much fun to read and explore Here, there really wasn t much of that And the characters are very flat and there isn t much development of them either The story is goes like this Sir Michael is a knight errant and Fisk is his squire Michael rescued Fisk since Fisk is really a con man They set out to rescue Lady Ceciel and it turns out that they help a criminal escape So, their adventure becomes the quest to meet the conditions of Michael father s probation after he rescues Fisk and Michael from their troubles when it is discovered that they helped the lady escape They now have to recapture the Lady and bring her to the lord so that justice can be carried out The most exciting part of the plot was the escape from having been cudgel crewed And the most interesting character is Lady Kara but we see so very little of her that we don t get a chance to know her Fisk we know he has a past, but we learn nothing at all and as a result it s hard to stay interested We learn a littleabout Michael because we see his father but it s still very one dimensional The world that is built doesn t really get described very well We learn that there is a furred god and that there are 2 moons, and this stuff called magica And while its a safe and correct inference that magica is magic, for some reason it s bad for people to do And animals and plants and stuff can be magica but to kill either one must make a sacrifice or something will come back to harm you It s kinda like instant karma But, we get no additional information Zero It s like the author was really only sort of interested in writing a book about magic Until we get towards the end And then Lady Ceciel seems to have some ideas about magica but we get, what felt like, the same chapter 3 times in a row And we still really don t learn much that adds to the story In fact, I was slightly disturbed by the simple ones and the way the author dealt with them as a class of people And it made me hard to understand how experimenting on them should be something in a YA book The alternating chapter narratives are a little difficult too I don t mind alternating view points most times But for some reason, it was often hard to track remember I found that many times, I had to look back to the first page of the chapter to see who s name was on it to know who s point of view I was reading I know this is the first in a series but I don t plan on bothering with the next There just isn t enough of the characters to keep me interested And the made up terms that aren t explained and the one dimensional universe too little to keep me interested at all.