The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) by Cheryl Carpinello

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table)

By Cheryl Carpinello

84 pages – ages 9+

Published by MuseItUp Publishing on May 26, 2012

Gavin, the 12-year-old prince, Philip, a 15-year-old who lived at the church and was an orphan, and Brian, a 16-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice, were best of friends despite their age differences and social status. The boys befriended a man they called the “Wild Man” who lived in the forest by himself. The Wild Man is accused of murder and theft of the famous “King’s Ransom”, and unless the King’s Ransom is found, the Wild Man will be executed in front of the legendary King Arthur. The boys promise to do anything they possibly can to save the Wild Man. This starts an adventure Gavin, Philip, and Brian know will be dangerous but they made a vow to do it, and they are determined to help their friend. Can they clear the Wild Man’s name before it is too late?

This was a great book! I liked all of the action and excitement in it. Ms. Carpinello wrote this book really well and it was very appropriate for kids even though it deals with fighting and a wrongfully accused person. Ms. Carpinello described the time period really well, I felt like I was a knight in medieval times! I really love that the story features a bit of King Arthur legends in it! The ending had a couple fo great twists that had me totally surprised! The only thing I’d change about the story is I would have liked to know how the boys became friends. It did not tell you that and I think it would have been nice. I like the things that the boys did to try to save the Wild Man. Those were pretty good parts to read about. I like all of the three boys. They were all great characters, each special in his own ways. I think kids ages 9+ will really enjoy this book.

I give “The King’s Ransom” 5 out of 5 bookworms!

For more information on Ms. Carpinello and the Young Knights of the Round Table, please visit her website HERE or her publisher’s site HERE.

**Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Categories: Age 9+

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35 replies

  1. Another great review Erik, and well done Cheryl.

  2. I love stories that have an Arthurian flavor, and this one sounds very good! I am wondering what exactly “the King’s ransom” is that they have to recover! Gold? Jewels? Excalibur or equivalent? A prince? I guess I’ll have to read it to find out 🙂

  3. Adventure books tend to be so much fun. There’s a lot that happen and the characters can grow as they go through the trials along the way to reaching their goal…hopefully reaching their goal.

  4. Sounds like a great book. I love medieval stuff and this sounds like an exciting, entertaining book. Thanks for a great review Erik and best of luck to Ms. Carpinello.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  5. This sounds like my kind of book. I love stories that have a taste of Arthurian legend in them. Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  6. This sounds fabulous, Erik and with a good lesson in it. I know we are told not to have lessons in books but as long as they are subtle and the story is good I think it’s great. I want to write a picture book with this kind of lesson in for personal reasons. Helping others in need can often be a scary thing, but kids need to learn to put others first when they are in danger.

  7. This story seems to be a wonderful way to introduce young readers to historical fiction, a favourite genre for me.
    Great review, Erik! 🙂

  8. Thank you, Erik, for taking the time to read “The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table.” An author always struggles with how much backstory to put in, but maybe in a future Young Knights’ book, the story of their friendship will be found.

  9. I love the medieval period and especially the Arthurian peiod. This sounds like a great adventure for kids with a lot of action! Great selection.

  10. As soon as I am done w/Copperfield I’d like to sink my teeth into this one!

  11. Erik, this is a period I love to read about and this sounds like a real winner – an Arthurian adventure for tweens!

  12. Great review and great feedback to the author Erik! FYI, we’ll be reviewing Ms. Carpinello’s other medieval period book, Guinevere later this week. I’ll be sure to link to this review so people can see both! Have a great week! 🙂

  13. I am particularly interested in Arthurian legends, Sounds like a great story!

  14. Medieval lit is right up my alley. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention, Erik!

  15. Congratulations on a great review, Erik! I own a bookstore in Longmont, Colorado that carries another book by Ms Carpinello. It’s great to see kids like you reading lots of books and thinking (and writing!) critically about them, and congratulations on having such a successful blog. Perhaps you have a writing career in your own future!

  16. A book that makes you feel like a Knight in medieval times sounds exciting!


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