Rogue Knight

Written by Regan Walker
Review by Steve Donoghue

“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.”

Rogue Knight, the second book in Regan Walker’s “Medieval Knights” series, complicates the standard romantic plot of star-crossed lovers with the skillfully-done addition of a political intrigue sub-plot. The core story is the attraction that slowly, haltingly begins to blossom between the Norman knight, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai, loyal lieutenant to William the Conqueror, and Emma of York, whose father, a landowner in the North of England, is leading a rebellion against Norman rule.

Walker does a very good job of firmly grounding her characters in their historical context, and her dialogue likewise feels of its period without sounding archaic. The lovers at the center of the story are a slightly uneven match – but the tension of their attraction is very well delineated.