• Lady's Ransom

  • The First Argentines, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (671 ratings)

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By: Jeff Wheeler
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Publisher's Summary

In kingdoms at war, alliances are made to be broken in a thrilling novel of magic and dark conspiracies by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Warrior’s Ransom.

Ransom Barton and his wife, Claire de Murrow, have arrived in Legault to reclaim the title that was Claire’s birthright. Claire intends to rebuild a war-ravaged palace to its former glory and to teach Ransom about the magical history of their new home. But when Ransom is summoned to return to King Benedict, his loyalty to Claire is tested. Fealty prevails, however questionable the king’s motives.

The ambitious Benedict, who controls his late father’s dominion, must prove his might. The warriors of the East Kingdoms have disrupted the trade routes, weakening every kingdom in their path. Benedict’s plan is to fend off a coming war through strategic alliances. But it’s Ransom’s post to keep the king’s allies - as well as his poisonous enemies - in line, even as Benedict’s defense may be inviting further chaos.

As the king’s power grows and Ransom’s rise in the council is secured, a shadowy conspiracy threatens to destroy everything Ransom has worked to build. Now torn between allegiance to the woman he loves and duty to king and country, which will Ransom choose?

©2021 by Jeff Wheeler. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lady's Ransom is an intriguing tale that will keep you engaged from the first page. This series is one of the best I've ever read and I can't recommend it enough. If you listen to this on audible the be prepared Kate Rudd does a FANTASTIC job narrating. She is engaging and a delight to listen to.

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So sad the book’s over

The story, voices, and writing are fabulous as expected. I, as always, read it entirely too fast.

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Well done Jeff, you’ve done it again. This book was amazing. I connected with the characters to the point I cheered, swore, and cried out loud throughout this book. This series is amazing and this book falls right in line. Read the first two obviously, but you won’t regret spending your time on these books.

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It gets better and better! Love this series

This is such a great series. I love it.

I really like the writing style of Jeff Wheeler. Lucky day when I found this book.

Narration by Kate Rudd is fantastic!

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Fictionalized telling of the Third Crusade

Did you have a Western Civilization history course in school? Perhaps you remember: the Angevin empire of English king Henry II has begun to crack as Henry spent his life playing off his sons against each other as well as their mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Henry goes so far as to put his wife in the Tower of London for 16 years, preventing her from supporting another rebellion against him. Richard (later to be known as the Lionheart) continues scheming against his father from his mother's homeland of Aquitaine. Richard succeeds in overthrowing his father, who dies in agony from a bleeding ulcer, but after taking the throne, Richard decides to take the cross and attack the forces of Saladin, who have recently captured Jerusalem and nearly crushed the crusader states in Palestine. Richard's adventures will later be known as the Third Crusade. Just as Richard departs for the Holy Land, his mother arranges a marriage for Richard to the daughter of a minor Spanish king. Meanwhile, during Richard's three year absence, his younger brother John plots to steal the English throne.

The previous paragraph is also a synopsis of Warrior's Ransom and a bit of Lady's Ransom by Jeff Wheeler. Wheeler tells the story from the perspective of William Marshall, a leading English knight of the period, known to Wheeler as "Marshall Barton." Lady's Ransom spends little time on the Crusade itself and focuses on the intrigue taking place in England and France - although Wheeler gives the countries different names. Wheeler adds some fantasy elements to lives of Richard, John, and William Marshall, providing fictional dialogue, and thus is born Lady's Ransom.

Admittedly, authors such as Bernard Cromwell have a similar formula for their works, but at least Cornwell clearly admits he has fictionalized history (and attempts to be historically accurate). As of yet, Wheeler has not discussed his "inspiration" in a prologue or epilogue, presenting his novels as fully original works. I bought the first three First Argentine novels on sale and largely based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Had I known of Wheeler's writing formula, I would've been more reluctant to make the purchases.

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Palace intrigue with king away

This story has an good plot in which Ransom is pulled away from Claire and his growing family to save King Benedict’s Kingdom while the king is off fighting a war. It is full of mistrust and betrayal. Meanwhile, Claire fights to save her kingdom. Demands on Ransom nearly wear him out.

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best of the 3 so far

I've struggled a little with this series. I almost didn't finish book 1. Book 2 helped draw me in, but book 3 had me and I'm starting book 4 today. I felt more connected with the characters and story with this book.

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Excellent!

Jeff Wheeler weaves a rich, fascinating tale. Ransom is one of my favorite characters. Fountain blessed and always loyal. Thrilling series.

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War and intrigue

This is a book of war, intrigue and betrayal. Hopefully it will resolve in the next book in the series.

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Don't Trust Anyone

This series is quite intricate and full of the sort of politics one expects to find in royal courts. Basically: don't trust anyone, draw your sword first and ask questions later. Truly, the story line is first rate and full of intrigue, suspense, and treachery. This generally would be a five-star read for me, except I had a tough time with Claire in this novel.

After years of tragic disappointments, Ransom and Claire are married. They are the kind of couple everyone expected they would be... at first. But Claire's trust issues, while understandable given her past, were just more than I wanted to deal with. I felt like Ransom would finally at least have one person in his corner that he could trust unequivocally. He actually does, but it's not Claire. That was a hard fact to deal with for a romantic like me.

But I'm still hopeful that all will work out. After all, their story is not yet complete. I'm definitely still fully engaged in this amazing series

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A Game of Wizr

The game is now fully in play and the pieces in place. However, Ransom and Claire now know how to play and with Claire's feint and James Wignant finally remembering where his loyalties lie, Kingfountain may just be saved.