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Knight's Ransom (The First Argentines)

af Jeff Wheeler

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

This book was not for me, fam. I ended up quitting at about the 40% mark. Here's why:

If you like the standard-fare, white-hero-is-special-because-the-story-calls-for-it fantasy, then you'll likely enjoy this book. I do enjoys those types of fantasy novels now and then, but I need a little something ~extra~ to keep me interested. Some examples include: a complex villain or an anti-hero MC, interesting magic system, deep world building, dragons probably.

By almost the halfway point, Knight's Ransom had none of this except for the merest hint of magic. Like, our MC - Ransom - is well-blessed or whatever, and it gives him a beserker rage so he can be the most violent man during killing times. I'm just over it.

The only female character was incredibly flat. Her perspective was only through very brief jounal entries, that mostly seem to help pass larger chunks of time in the story. She remembers Ransom from their childhood together, and of course finds him handsome and is interested in him, even though they really know nothing about each other as adults.

There was also a scene that struck me as a huge missed opportunity to do something different with the relationship between two male characters. They'd been rivals, but forced to spend time together. Character A comes across some hard times and Character B suggests that Character A ask him for help. I thought this would be a turning point between the two of them and certainly would have shown some decent development. But it turns out Character B was just trolling and after Character A asked him for help, he was basically like "Lol, no. I've been waiting for this forever, please go kill yourself."

Stale rivalries are stale.

I just needed a little something more from this one and it didn't deliver. Despite my critiques, I do find Wheeler's writing very easy to read. Maybe I'll prefer a different story by him in the future. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Feb 13, 2021 |
Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler is my introduction to his writing and I am so happy to have met him and his characters. I loved the book and look forward to reading more of his work. I think I waited to long after reading Knight’s Ransom to write the review, because I don’t feel it reflects how I truly felt.

Ransom had been taken hostage by King Gervase. Now, the king is dead and he’s going home. He had met Claire while he was a hostage and she is the one who gave him his name, Ransom. The king had raised them both as if they were his own. Claire is very outspoken and I think Ransom will have his hands full with her. Will they become a couple. I don’t know yet, but I am going to find out.

The point of views bounce back and forth between Ransom and Claire.

Ransom wants to become a knight and leader, but the path will be fraught with danger and intrigue.

There is something special about Ransom and when he is at his lowest, something good comes his way.

So much betrayal, political machinations, kings fighting, always fighting. Seems to me they need to find something else to do. Maybe they have too much spare time and desire to dominate.

Ransom makes difficult choices, but his loyalty can never be questioned. He is caught in the courtly machinations going on, young royals being easily manipulated, then betrayed, sons going to war to depose their father as king, brothers fighting each other.

There are many characters and not all will survive, but this is Ransom’s story and it will be told over several books. I do like when an author is not afraid to kill off his characters, though some will be missed, others I will be glad are gone.

Medieval history is stretched and twisted in this brutal world, brilliantly spelled out through Jeff’s words. I am hooked and can hardly wait for the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler.

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  sherry69 | Jan 28, 2021 |
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