Title: The Rogue Knight
Series: Five Kingdoms #2
Author: Brandon Mull
Published: November 18, 2014
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis: Cole Randolph, searching for friends kidnapped on Halloween, is trapped in the kingdom of Elloweer, a world between wakefulness and dreaming. With new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole joins the resistance to find Mira’s sister Honor.
A mysterious foe massacres towns, leaving no survivors. And a rebel “Rogue Knight” upsets the balance of power. Pursued by enemies, Cole and Mira use a new kind of magic for protection and to outwit the High King, ruthlessly seeking to regain what he has lost.
The Rogue Knight has a similar formula that’s used in the first book, Sky Raiders. I hope this isn’t the formula for the other three books… The group is running away from bad guys, they fight, they run, they meet some people, they go into battle, they run to another Kingdom, etc. It’s predictable, but the people you meet and places you see along the way are interesting— Brandon Mull always creates unique worlds and creatures.
I read the first book back in December, so I enjoyed having a quick recap in the beginning. From there, the story jumps straight into action, and the group splits up for a good chunk of the book (I was hoping for multiple POV, but that didn’t happen). I feel so bad saying this, but I was really bored until the group got back together!
As I said in my review for the first book, Cole is in sixth grade (age 11-12 here in America, usually) and sounds 14-16+. The characters all sound older than they really are, and it really throws the whole book off for me. I’m also sad to say I’m still not attached to any characters yet, but… I’m really starting to dislike Jace, and kind of hope he dies lolol.
For those wondering… There is no romance! This is just a middle grade action fantasy/adventure. Cole talks about his crush Jenna (who was in the group of kids that was kidnapped), and Jace has a thing for Mira (which is mentioned in the first book so it’s not a spoiler). There is mild violence, mostly in the beginning scene and the final battle scene. If you’re worried about younger readers, read ahead to determine for yourself.