Reviews for Desperate Knight
We asked for more dragon…and we got more dragon! (It’s not all about the dragon, honestly. But he is rather awesome.)
Desperate Knight is a swashbuckling, drama, and punch- (or slap-) filled romp; it’s a tangled web of politics, motives and emotions, all held together with a wonderful dose of heroics, romance, fun and general chaos – and a dragon. Of course.
This is the sequel to Traitor Knight, which introduced McRobbie and Marissa (and the dragon) to a plot against the kingdom, requiring McRobbie to act as a decoy traitor…and survive the subsequent politics and problems that came his way. And in this next book in the Knights of Kilbourne series, there’s more problems – because if trouble follows anyone around, it’s Morgan McRobbie. And trouble isn’t the only thing interested in him…
The plot’s a little more complex in this story, but it works; the world fills out, and we get to see more of the other peoples occupying the same political arena. The dragon, obviously, features – but so do dwarves, and there’s some interesting hints about the other lands around. There’s some wonderful characters – the Bishop is possibly my favourite, closely followed by the ghost-turned-matchmaker – but the story really does hang off McRobbie and Marissa, and they’re a fun pair to read! There’s some great plot twists, and the ending nicely ties everything together while not being predictable. I think my only niggle was that the twists and turns of the politics is sometimes hard to follow, but it all gets sorted out by the end – and if it means I have to re-read to get the finer details straight, where’s the problem with that?
If you haven’t read Traitor Knight and you enjoy swashbuckling, heroic fantasy with a light-hearted touch and a modern feel, go and read that – and then read Desperate Knight. Thoroughly enjoyable, and now with even more dragon!
© Kate Coe, August 2017 https://www.sffworld.com/2017/08/desperate-knight-by-keith-w-willis/
August 12, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition
With the intention of ending a long and bitter feud, King Rhys has agreed to a treaty to end the hostilities between Kilbourne and the Kingdom of the Drawfs. But unbeknown to the King, those who want to see the treaty fail are plotting against him.
Trouble seems to always find Morgan McRobbie, especially when a certain lady is involved. Between trying to protect the King, he battles with his own heart. But time is against him. Can he reach Kilbourne in time to save the King? And has he left it too late to tell Lady Marissa of his love?
Traitor's Knight was a page-turning adventure, with such memorable characters that when Keith W. Willis approached me and asked if I would like to read the sequel, Desperate Knight (Knights of Kilbourne Book 2), I couldn't say yes fast enough!
Desperate Knight (Knights of Kilbourne Book 2) picks up where Traitor's Knight left off. I am pleased to say that once again Mr Willis has delivered a masterpiece in historical fantasy.
I adored the characterization of Morgan and Marissa in book 1, and I love them even more in Book 2. They are both such wonderful protagonists. They are full of the unexpected, especially Marissa, and they were so well fleshed that they were very easy to visualise. Their romance was also very sweet and helped to enhance the story.
The plot is full of twists and turns. Who is the enemy? Who can our heroes trust? The story certainly kept me turning those pages.
The characters certainly get themselves into some desperate situations, but there is also a great deal of humour in this book, which had me laughing out loud!
The antagonists were equally compelling, and they keep our heroes second guessing right up until that final chapter.
I think Desperate Knight works very well as a standalone, but to get the most out of the story, I do recommend you begin with Book 1. You won't be disappointed.
If you are looking for quality historical fantasy, with a touch of romance, then Desperate Knight is the book for you.
I Highly Recommend.
* I received an ARC of this book, from the author, for review consideration.*
October 22, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Something for everyone. Part detective story, spy novel and romance in a historical fantasy setting. The support characters have great depth.