By Cheryl Carpinello
84 pages – ages 9+
Published by MuseItUp Publishing on May 26, 2012
Gavin, the 12-year-old prince, Philip, a 15-year-old who lived at the church and was an orphan, and Brian, a 16-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice, were best of friends despite their age differences and social status. The boys befriended a man they called the “Wild Man” who lived in the forest by himself. The Wild Man is accused of murder and theft of the famous “King’s Ransom”, and unless the King’s Ransom is found, the Wild Man will be executed in front of the legendary King Arthur. The boys promise to do anything they possibly can to save the Wild Man. This starts an adventure Gavin, Philip, and Brian know will be dangerous but they made a vow to do it, and they are determined to help their friend. Can they clear the Wild Man’s name before it is too late?
This was a great book! I liked all of the action and excitement in it. Ms. Carpinello wrote this book really well and it was very appropriate for kids even though it deals with fighting and a wrongfully accused person. Ms. Carpinello described the time period really well, I felt like I was a knight in medieval times! I really love that the story features a bit of King Arthur legends in it! The ending had a couple fo great twists that had me totally surprised! The only thing I’d change about the story is I would have liked to know how the boys became friends. It did not tell you that and I think it would have been nice. I like the things that the boys did to try to save the Wild Man. Those were pretty good parts to read about. I like all of the three boys. They were all great characters, each special in his own ways. I think kids ages 9+ will really enjoy this book.
**Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**