By Jeff Wheeler
Book Tour, Review, & Giveaway
Language : English
Paperback : 431 pages
ISBN-10 : 154202529X
ISBN-13 : 978-1542025294
“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author.
“With this superlative epic fantasy…Wheeler does an expert job of reintroducing his fantasy world through the eyes of sympathetic characters that fans and new readers alike will root for. This is sure to be a hit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Wheeler] adds elements of Arthurian legend to the start of the First Argentines series…along with splendid palace intrigues and battles.” —Booklist (starred review)
From Jeff Wheeler, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain novels, comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.
When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom.
Ransom interrupts an abduction plot targeting the Queen of Ceredigion and earns a position in service to her son, the firstborn of the new Argentine dynasty. But conflict and treachery threaten the family, and Ransom must also come to understand and hone his burgeoning powers—abilities that involve more than his mastery with a blade and that make him as much a target as his lord.
He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.
You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.
He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com
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My kids and I are avid readers and Jeff Wheeler is one of our favorite authors! When ARC of the first book in his Argentines Series, Knight’s Ransom, I had to hold my twin teens back just so I could read it first after reading the synopsis out loud to them.
Knight’s Ransom is a Sword & Sorcery Fantasy genre mixed with Historical Fantasy and sprinkled with Steampunk. This is a prequel series set in the Kingfountain world which follows the founding of the Argentine dynasty. So, while those that have read that series will feel like it’s revisiting, be assured that you are meeting all new characters. For those that are new to the world, be ready for an exceptional world to be built in the confines of your mind between his pages.
Character development is above par from the narrator, Lady Claire, to Ransom, whom I was cheering for from beginning to end on his quest to become a knight and to win the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow. The storyline weaves you through twist and turns of treachery and deceit with tales of jealousy and revenge. The combat scenarios were well written with an Arthurian twist to them.
Looking forward to following our loyal knight, Sir Ransom Baron, through his next quest in Warrior’s Ransom.
Now, I shall allow my twins to begin their fight over who shall be reading this next… maybe I’ll throw a wrench into the mix and give my youngest tween the option to go first (wickedly laughs).