Book Title: Knight’s Ransom
Series: The First Argentines #1
Author: Jeff Wheeler
Release Date: 1/26/21
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
At this point I find it hard to review books by Jeff Wheeler. Just because how do I keep saying how much I love his books? They are like comfort food to me at this point. I get one on my kindle and I can’t wait to get into bed at night, snuggle up in my pillows and start reading.
I was excited about this new series in particular. This is a prequel series to the Kingfountain books (which are my favorites of his) and I was so happy to read more about this world.
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. – Goodreads
The throwbacks to the Kingfountain series were very much appreciated, and made for such enjoyable reading, but this story is also strong enough to stand on it’s own as a great new start. Mr. Wheeler’s female characters are a big draw for me. They are always multi-faceted and independent, and that’s a great thing to see in historical fantasy. In short, because I could just go on praising these books as usual, but you already know where I’m coming from … this series would be both a great one for fans of his books, as well as a great start for new readers. I hope you will think of picking it up.