What I thought: This story made me smile. It is a wonderful adventure story that blends the history and lore about the medieval times of King Arthur, knights and quests. It also manages to stay true to its core tale of friendship and growth. A trio of boys, each of a different class, with their own set of fears, hopes and dreams, connect and form a believable friendship. When the kingdom's prized possession, the King's Ransom is stolen, a trusted adviser is killed, and their friend is wrongly accused, these three are determined to find out the truth, and to free their friend. With a quest that leads them into rivaling territories, through the darkest of nights, and to the edge of death, it will take more strength, bravery, and skill than they dreamed.
There was so much to love about this book. With it's positive tone, fast pace, and interwoven plot, this book has something to appeal to everyone. There were a couple of moments where I wish the story had more depth (covering the back story of the treachery, and more foreshadowing of a big reveal at the end), but overall, this is just the type of book my son would love to read.
Final rating a solid 4.5 stars!
I would recommend this for any child 9-12. This is a charming book, full of charm, adventure, and friendship.