Young Knights Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway!

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I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Cheryl Carpinello’s The King’s Ransom, the first part of her series Young Knights of the Round Table.  I was attracted to the book some time ago, so I already had it secreted on my Kindle before I was offered a review copy!

About the Book

Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Publication Date (Kindle): May, 2012

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Number of pages: 84

Recommended age: 9+

Summary (Amazon):
In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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My Review

Young Knights - Book CoverThis is a well-constructed, exciting story of three friends from very different social backgrounds,  set in West Wales in Arthurian times.  Gavin, Bryan and Philip band together to clear their mysterious friend who has been framed for murder and the theft of a priceless jewel, the King’s Ransom.

I love the way the three are introduced, each in their own chapter, giving their background, their hopes and their fears.  As misfits, they are drawn together, and guided in some of their more ambitious studies by the Wild Man.  The castles, and the rivalries between different ones, are beautifully described.  You really feel you are standing on those castle walls or ducking under rough-hewn low stone entrances.  I was slightly distracted by Philip’s journey to St David’s Head, where he stood on the headland in a storm and got buffeted about a bit.  In my experience, he would have crawled on hands and knees up the hill and lain flat hanging on for dear life, so as not to be blown away!  It’s really exposed up there, even in a mild day! The distances ridden by the friends needs suspension of disbelief as well, but then I’ve never ridden from Pembroke to St David’s Head, and Cardigan Bay covers a huge area so maybe it’s ok, if they only had to go as far as Cardigan itself.

It is a highly enjoyable story with plenty of tension and the added comfort of a mysterious seer who gives each of them a bit of advice.  The characters are well drawn, the pace is good, and the sentence structure and language choices should encourage reluctant readers.  I found it a quick read, but an attention-grabbing one!

Philip turns out to have a secret, which is an interesting twist at the end, but I can’t help feeling that those who identify with him during the adventure might be let down by it. I certainly didn’t see it coming. There will be more in this series, so we will find out how necessary it is to the plot.

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello, Author

Cheryl Carpinello

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.

Author Site: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com/

Author Blog: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com

Facebook page: Author Cheryl Carpinello

Goodreads author page: Cheryl Carpinello

Twitter: @CCarpinello

Google+: Cheryl Carpinello

Read on for more stops in the tour – and the $25 Giveaway!!

Young Knights of the Round Table Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

September 9

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

Victoria Simcox (Review)

September 10

The Wise Owl Factory Book A Day (Review + Supplement)

September 11

Fiona Ingram (Review)

September 12

Mary Sutton (Author Interview)

September 13

Tales of a Bookworm (Review)

Kid Lit Reviews (Review)

September 14

Jemima Pett (Review)

Create With Joy (Review)

September 15

S.W. Lothian (Review)

September 16

Sher A Hart (Review)

September 17

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Review)

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

September 18

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview)

September 19

Mommynificent (Review)

September 20

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Guest Post)

September 21

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

September 22

WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook (Review)

September 23

Fantasy Fun With Kirsten Pulioff (Review)

Published Bestsellers (Review)

September 24

Stitch Says (Review)

September 25

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

September 26

Inkspired: A Blog (Review)

September 27

R.K. Grow- reading.writing.blogging. (Guest Post)

September 28

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

September 29

Magical Middle-Grade Literature (Review)

September 30

Le Vanity Victorienne (Review)

*** Young Knights of the Round Table Blog Tour Giveaway ***

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash

Contest runs: September 9 to October 6, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: WW

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Terms and Conditions: A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to contact Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

12 thoughts on “Young Knights Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway!

  1. Great review Jemima. I’ve just read this one as well (next stop on the blog tour). I was impressed with the underlying theme of helping others. They were on a mission that was for the benefit of someone else.

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  3. Thanks so much for your great review Jemima. Very interesting comment about the distances traveled in the book and other details about specific locations. I would never know those things because I haven’t been to any of the places mentioned in the book! It’s interesting to get your perspective. Thanks for joining us on the Young Knight tour! 🙂

    • It’s a tough one and maybe unfair of me to comment on distances and places if the author hasnt been there. And anyway, those knights of olde were pretty clever people – perhaps the boys were well up to such a journey!

  4. As I have said before, I ALWAYS feel so educated when I read your reviews, Jemima:
    ” In my experience, he would have crawled on hands and knees up the hill and lain flat hanging on for dear life, so as not to be blown away! It’s really exposed up there, even in a mild day!”
    What a great thing to share. Okay, so this is the second review on this book in two stops in a row for me…. the heavens are telling me something. 🙂 It sounds like a descriptive and entertaining read.

    Stopping by on the blog hop. Have a GREAT rest of the week!
    ~Christine M/Cool Mom
    for the STanley and Katrina gang

    • Well, it is a blog tour, so not surprising you’ve found a lot of reviews! I’m glad you liked mine. As I said somewhere else, not so much a review as sharing my reactions 🙂 But in a good way, I hope! Thanks for visiting, Christine 🙂

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