York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest
The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.
A LOVE NEITHER CAN DENY, A PASSION NEITHER CAN RESIST
Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.
Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.
WAR DREW THEM TOGETHER, WAR WOULD TEAR THEM APART
War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?
Just recently, I was offered the opportunity to read Rogue Knight by Regan Walker, and I jumped at the chance, since I was familiar with the time and historical setting in which the story takes place, which is a few years after the Battle of Hastings which took place in 1066. I've read two of her other novels which are set in regency times (Wind Raven and To Tame the Wind), so I'm familiar with the amount of research she does, which is why she's become one of my favorite historical fiction/historical romance authors. This novel is actually the second in a series, with some characters from the first – Red Wolf's Prize, but they serve in a more secondary role in this one. Because of that, I would have to say that her books, even though they are part of a series, could be read in any order.
What I really liked about Rogue Knight is that the characters are, once again, very well developed. Emma is a female main character I took a liking too instantly, but more than that, she is quite an amazing woman. She takes care of two orphans, a brother and sister named Ottar and Finna. She also takes care of the villeins on her land, as well as Inga, the daughter of the sword-maker.
Geoffroi, a Norman knight, was a great male romantic lead. If there's one word I can use to describe him, it would be honorable, and there were many times throughout the book where that was displayed. Upon their first meeting, I knew I wanted them to end up together in the end. Yes, he is a knight of an invasion force which she considered to be the enemy, but he was there when she needed him, and there was definitely attraction between the two.
The secondary characters were also well developed, and I'd have to say my favorite out of all of them are Magnus, Emma's hound. I also liked Mathieu, the squire to Sir Geoffroi.
Overall, Rogue Knight has several memorable characters, and I enjoyed reading a historical tale set in Medieval England after the Norman Conquest. My rating is 5/5 platypires.