This second book in the Knightley Academy series had everything that made the first book fun: knights-in-training, damsels in distress, backstabbing, and plotting.
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
Knightley Academy is back in session, and Henry Grim is confident that nothing else can prevent him from earning his knighthood. But Henry and his friends quickly discover that their professors have made some troubling changes to the curriculum -- an old classroom filled with forgotten weapons. It is the discovery of this classroom that prompts Henry and Valmont to become the unlikely leaders of a secret battle society. But disaster strikes as Henry, Adam and Frankie find themselves stuck as Partisan School servants. Yet something is rotten in Partisan Keep. And when Henry is discovered by a secret society of outlaws with a sinister purpose, he must come to terms with a great sacrifice that will take him away from everything he has ever known and wanted. The stakes get higher and tension mounts in the second installment of Violet Haberdasher's fresh, fast-paced, and always surprising Knightley Academy books.
I thought that the plot was interesting, and loved that Henry, Adam and Rohan were finally accepted by the other boys. I liked that Henry and Adam again got themselves into trouble, but like the true scrappers they are, were able to get themselves out of it.
I did think that the death (yes, there was a death, but I'm not telling you who!) was slightly glossed over. I don't need all the gory details, but they talked about it once beforehand, and then mentioned it a few times after, there wasn't any in between. Because of this, I felt like the ending was a little rushed.
All in all, I thought it was a good book. I'll be honest and say that I did like the first book in the series better, but that doesn't diminish the fact that, in its own right, this was a good book.
I was lucky enough to download this book via Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab program. The book is scheduled for publication June 28, 2011.