Why do those names still make us sigh and think about what could have been, and wish for what the legend tells us was before the manipulations of Morgana and Mordred brought it to its knees?
THE KING'S RANSOM takes place during those times when England was not a unified country, but many separate monarchies, with Arthur striving to bring them all together. I love the tales of this time, when magic and treachery both played pivotal roles in the future of the land.
In this story, the Castle Pembrook, leaning heavily in favor of Arthur's unification of Great Britain has had a murder and the theft of it prized KING'S RANSOM. The knights of its realm head out and find the knife used in the murder with a vagabond the youngest prince and his two friends have grown fond of.
Charged with murder and theft, the friend they call Wild Man will be executed if he does not confess before Arthur, heading their way in one week's time arrives.
The three friends, certain their Wild Man friend is innocent each set off on a different portion of a quest to prove him innocent and themselves not cowards.
This is a story written for the young...well, I guess I'm young because I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I only found one problem...the Pembrook insider was never revealed. Other than that, it is one of the most well paced, delightful Arthurian Romps I have read in a long time.
I happily award this book
THE KING'S RANSOM
4 1/2 stars.
Well done, Cheryl Carpinello