The King's Ransom

Young Knights of the Round Table

Children - Preteen
118 Pages
Reviewed on 11/10/2012
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Author Biography

I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite

In a literary world rife with paranormal characters and situations, "The King's Ransom" offers a refreshing and realistic approach to pre-teen medieval reading material. The three young protagonists come from different levels of society: a prince, a blacksmith's apprentice, and an orphan. When their friend, "the Wild Man", is accused of murder and theft, they so strongly believe in his innocence that they join forces to clear him. Each one faces his own fears with determination in the quest to solve the mystery, a journey filled with danger and suspense, and, ultimately, a highly satisfying conclusion. The Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur and his famous sword, Excalibur, and even Sir Lancelot make brief but powerful appearances in this tale of coming of age.

Cheryl Carpinello has written a clean, tight read without using any of the props so prevalent in the young reader's genre. Although there is a "witch" and a "ghost" in the story, they are secondary and realistic characters playing supportive roles. The three young heroes: Gavin, the youngest prince who longs to be a knight; Bryan, the blacksmith's apprentice who also longs to become a knight; and the orphan Philip who has secret longings, all set aside the boundaries of class to work together. Carpinello writes, "On his quest to save the wild man, he [Gavin] had learned a man was only as good as his beliefs." I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book and was genuinely surprised by some unsuspected revelations.

Barb Tinklenberg

I agree wholeheartedly with this review. Did you know that Ms. Carpinello has another novel about Genivere as a young girl that creates a wonderful character before all the mess of being a grown-up? The title is: Genivere: on the Eve of a Legend.


Visiting from KidLit. Great review!

JAnn Bowerson

What a journey!

ByJAnn Bowerson December 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

“Three Friends...Three Quests...Three Mysterious Predictions.” What a journey! I really enjoy this story. I love stories that have anything to with knights, kings, queens, Round Table, magic; this kind of world and character will always pull me in and Cheryl knows how to write this world!
These characters and this world is amazing, the opening in this book is wonderfully done and the ending was twice as good!
The mystery of these pages and a cup of warm tea is a prefect way to spend an evening.