Andre Norton & Sasha Miller
Tor, Jun 2001, 23.95, 320 pp.
In the Kingdom of Rendel, the King recently died with his son succeeding him to the throne. The new monarch is weak, hedonistic, and spiteful as he abuses his power while keeping in check the real ruler, the Dowager Queen Ysa. Although she holds the reigns of power, Ysa knows that her husband's illegitimate daughter Ashlen remains a threat to her rule.
The nobles despise Florian or just want more power. They see Ashlen as a rallying point to cause trouble for Florian. The new king must agree with that assessment because he has his half-sister abducted, but Obern, son of the Sea Rovers, rescues her. Ashlen marries Obern, but that relationship is short lived as destiny has other plans for her in the upcoming war of the North.
The second book in this four novel series lays the groundwork with dangling threads for what will follow yet remains a stand-alone tale. This romantic fantasy shows that Andre Norton retains her magic while co-author Sasha Miller shows her strong talent too. KNIGHT OR KNAVE is a powerful fantasy that imparts much joy to genre fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner