Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Review: The King's Ransom

Some stories become legend while some legends become stories!

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table)
Experience the true meaning of friendship and loyalty as three friends, motivated by their belief in the Wild Man’s innocence, embark upon life-changing quests testing their limits and forcing each to confront and conquer their fears or face humiliation and/or even death, in their attempt to save their friend.

Overall Thoughts:
We enjoyed reading this novel about a prince, an orphan and a blacksmith’s apprentice who are the most likely to become friends as they set off on a quest to prove their friend, the Wild Man, is being falsely accused of having stolen a valuable medallion from the king, Gavin. They face various challenges, their own fears and difficult decisions as they travel away from their native Wales into the realm of King Arthur.

Author Cheryl Carpinello give us plenty of unexpected developments along the way which  makes for very interesting and exciting reading. She does a wonderful job of developing our heroes during their journey and through them she introduces us to the medieval life long ago, as well as into loyalty and chivalry we all know King Arthur's Court to be based on.

The Kings’ Ransom, a middle grade adventure novel which is the first in the series “Young Knights of the Round Table,” is an exciting tale of knights, castles, swords and villains that will appeal not only to those who like to read things related to the Arthurian legends but also to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, action story.

What we loved most is how the story not only shows friendship but how cultural, economic and even personal bias should determine who your friends are. 
ISBN: 978-1-77127-056-4 
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing 
Publication Date: May 2012

About the Author: 
Although a retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. She is not the only one who loves Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend. The kids thoroughly enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards, unicorns and knights!

She loves to travel and her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other.

Some of her favorite books include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, and any by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
You can find out more about Cheryl Carpinello, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on this my last stop on my World Of Ink Tour: Some Stories become Legends and Some Legends become Stories! You have such a great site for families.

    1. I know it has been the Families Matter and SFC teams pleasure to have you the blog Cheryl.

  2. Hi all - I read Cheryl's story, Guinevere, On the Eve of Legend and it was a terrific story. I have her other story on my TBR list.

    Keep them coming Cheryl!

    Penny Estelle

  3. Thank you, Penny. And thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! Cheryl



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