Brandon Mull has done it again! In Rogue Knight, the second book of the Five Kingdoms series, he kept me in suspense from the first page to the last. So much happens in this story. Cole is chased by the slave traders, getting away from them is quite tricky. Cole learns that he has magic abilities but he is unable to rely on them at all times. There is so much wonderful storytelling in this book. I know that if you enjoyed Sky Raiders, the first book in the series, (see my review of July 23, 2014) you will love this book too. I cannot wait to get my hands on book #3.
Cole is still living in the outskirts, trying to find his friends so that they can return to their home in Arizona. Cole has made many new friends in this strange land. This time, he is traveling with his new friends to Elloweer in order to find Mira's sister. Elloweer is a kingdom that is on high alert because of the unbalance of magic in the kingdom. There is a magic source that destroys towns and all of its people in a matter a minutes. There is also a Rogue Knight that steals treasure from others, claiming he will return all of what he steals once he becomes the champion of a town called Merriston. You see, champions are the leaders of towns and they can be challenged by others for their positions. The Rogue Knight wants to take over all the towns in the land. When the Rogue Knight encounters the friends, he kidnaps Mira.
Cole is able to find Dalton, his best friend from home. Dalton joins in the quest to rescue Mira and find her sister, Honor. Dalton has learned some shaping magic and that comes in handy as they journey to many strange areas in the kingdom of Elloweer. Upon finding Mira, they discover that the Rogue Knight is not as bad as they first believe. They travel to the lost palace and find strong magic there that is holding Honor (Mira's sister). With the combined skills of Mira, Cole and Jace, they are able to rescue Honor. Now they are off to Fog Lake, a place people may go but not many return. They find help there that enables them to face Morgassa, the one who is destroying towns and the people that live there. The battle is crazy! Cole, Mira, Jace and Dalton are turned into animals while Honor becomes a Knight. Just when it seems as though nothing can hurt Morgassa, Cole and Jace are able to surprise her. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you that they are off again to another land and I'm sure it will be as dangerous as Elloweer.
I loved this book. So much magic, adventure, friendships, twists and turns in the plot. So fun to read. Thank you, Brandon Mull, for another wonderful story.
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