Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Knight’s Ransom

Author: Jeff Wheeler

Book Series: The First Argentines Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: high fantasy, magic

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

Genre: High Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, slight language, slight sexual content, death)

Explanation of CWs: There is violence, death, and gore in this book.  The language is very G rated in this book. There is also some romance and some very slight sexual content.

Publisher: 47North

Pages: 433

Synopsis: 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. 

Review: For the most part this book was ok. The book did well with the plot. The characters were well developed and the world building was ok. I also really liked how multilayered the characters were and how honest the author was about the characters good and bad traits. I also like the political intrigue of the read.

However, I really couldn’t connect to the book and it felt like it dragged for me. I felt like some of the things went into too much detail and I just couldn’t keep myself entertained with this read.

Verdict: It’s not for me, but maybe for you!