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Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite
Rogue: The Streets of Caltania is an action fantasy book written by M.L. Hall. It uses a medieval setting with a hint of magic to explore the way a princess refusing to accept a betrothal affects a city. The primary character in the book is Rogue, although characters from M.L. Hall’s previous book appear as well as new ones. Rogue is a very unmotivated pickpocket stuck in a city where she has to do the bidding of her mob boss to survive. She struggles with who she is, partially because she cannot remember most of her life, but also because she is forced into circumstances she cannot change, and she is not in the habit of making the best of things.
With three mobs vying for control of the city, it is hard to know who to trust. Although Rogue remains loyal to her own mob boss, his grip on things seems to be weakening. Rogue fights because she must, but she only wants to find out who she is. Her first clue to her past comes when she visits a soothsayer. She is told she must find a woman who looks like the missing princess and travel to another land to discover her past. I enjoyed reading Rogue: The Streets of Caltania because of the detailed and believable action scenes and the intrigue throughout it. The descriptions are realistic and well done. You won’t find blood and guts, and the writing works well for Young Adults. I am looking forward to a sequel.