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Fate's Ransom (The First Argentines) Paperback – January 4, 2022
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Betrayal, war, and the risks of loyalty collide in the epic conclusion of the First Argentines series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Lady’s Ransom.
Ransom Barton has served three Argentine kings. The new successor to the throne is the ruthless Jon-Landon, a fallible strategist when it comes to war. After losing against the Occitanian armies, the king forces Ransom to bear the blame and removes him from the council. But Jon-Landon isn’t yet through with humbling the honorable knight of Ceredigion.
When a retaliatory battle succeeds, Jon-Landon invites Ransom back into his circle. Though Ransom’s Fountain magic is made stronger by his fealty, he’s once again forced to make a terrible choice. And this time, Ransom’s wife, Claire, and their sons could pay the price for Ransom’s loyalty.
But as tensions between Ceredigion and Occitania reignite and alliances at court begin to crumble, a desperate Jon-Landon discovers his only ally is the knight he betrayed. With the future of Kingfountain hanging in the balance, Ransom agrees to help. And as secret enemies reveal their endgame, Ransom knows that he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the survival of the Argentine dynasty.
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Jeff Wheeler is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Immortal Words, The Buried World, and The Killing Fog in the Grave Kingdom series; the Harbinger and Kingfountain series; the Muirwood, Mirrowen, and Landmoor novels; and Fate’s Ransom, Lady’s Ransom, Warrior’s Ransom, and Knight’s Ransom in the First Argentines series. He left his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. Jeff is a husband, father of five, and devout member of his church. He lives in the Rocky Mountains and is the founder of Deep Magic: The E-Zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction. Find out more about Deep Magic at https://deepmagic.co, and visit Jeff’s many worlds at https://jeff-wheeler.com.
- Publisher : 47North (January 4, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 455 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154202742X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542027427
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The plotting was all pretty solid until this final book, when the author apparently needed to create some plot twists and events that come out of nowhere, without much support from the universe carefully crafted in the first three books.
Without giving away too much, certain major events occur for no apparent reason (or contradict what happened in the past) and certain characters suddenly acquire new powers that are necessary for the storyline but don't make a lot of sense given what happened earlier. There are some other issues as well.
Despite that, the series came what to I consider a solid conclusion and I have to admit I will miss many of these very appealing characters.
This is my first experience with any of this author's book series so I plan to go back and check out the one that formed the basis for this prequel.
Kate Rudd puts in another fantastic job narrating the story. Her voices and expressions are what helps make this such a fantastic series to read. She set off a whirlwind of emotions by her tone and the ache in her voice when she read many emotional lines making me ugly cry. Jeff Wheeler does such a tremendous job building his characters and this beautiful world that he’s created in this amazing world. This is considered YA, but don’t let that throw you off, because to me this is just clean adult sword & sorcery, historical fantasy.
“The scion of King Andrew will be reborn through an heir of the Argentines. They will try to kill him. You are all that stands in the way”
I’ve loved this series since the first book I read, which was Storm Glass of the Harbinger series. So this breaks my heart to say that it looks as if the world of Kingfountain is finally at an end. But if this series is going to end, this was a perfect way to end the series.
This is a tragic story of courage, faith and redemption led by our favorite lionhearted hero, Ransom as he does everything he can to save Ceredigion and the Argentine line. This story will push you to the limits of your emotions of animosity, happiness and disparity, it will rip your heart out of your chest. As I stated above, I ugly cried, not just teared up a little, but it actually got me to legitimately ugly cry.
“Many are called by the Fountain. But
few choose to heed the call because the
road is never easy.”
Thank you Jeff Wheeler, for sending me on this amazing journey. I do hope that this is not yet complete, but if it is, you ended it in a spectacular fashion. Dex aie!
RANSOME has powers that he's blessed with yet can't save lives🤦🏻♀️..EVIL THE EVIL KING A AND SO FORTH CONTINUE TO KILL SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE WHETHER THEY'RE KINGS OR NOT IS DEPRESSING. I USED TO LOVE TO READ ALL OF THIS WRITER'S✍️ BOOKS📚 IT WAS EVEN HARD TO PUT THEM DOWN📖 BUT THIS WRITER ✍️ HAS BECOME TO EXCITED WITH DEATH🤦🏻♀️ HE SEEMS LIKE A CHRISTIAN GUY THAT'S GIVEN TO MUCH CREDIT TO THE EVIL DOERS...THE FACT THE HE KILLS OFF GOOD PEOPLE AND RANSOME NEVER GOES AFTER THE POISONER IS DUMB. HE JUST CONTINUES TO LOOK WEAK, STUPID AND IGNORANT. THIS WRITER DISAPPOINTS ME. I DISLIKE EVIL BUT TO ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE KILLING EVERYONE, WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT THEY'RE HER BROTHERS, YES HALF BROTHERS YET SHE'S KILLED ALL OF THEM OFF AND SHOWS NO REGRET IS HORRIFIC...AND EVERYONE READING THIS IS OK WITH IT? WHAT'S BECOME OF THIS WORLD READERS? UUUUUGH🤦🏻♀️👎🤦🏻♀️👎🤦🏻♀️👎 ONES I READ THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO FALL ASLEEP BUT BEFORE HE DOES HE FEEL ALIX COMING TO HIM I COULDN'T CONTINUE READING. WHY READ A DEPRESSING ENDING.... HE DID SO MUCH GOOD YET THE WRITER ✍️ THROWS HIM OVER THE RIVER AS IF HE WAS NEVER ANYTHING IMPORTANT. THERE'S SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY BUT IT'S ALL NEGATIVE... I'M SO DISAPPOINTED. I WASTED HOURS AND HOURS OF READING THIS SERIES 📖 TO ONLY END UP READING A BOOK THAT GETS THE HERO KILLED...RANSOME IS KILLED IN THE END, BY THE ONE PERSON HE HIMSELF SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN RID OF IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS LAST BOOK SERIES📚📖📚 WHAT WAS THIS WRITER THINKING🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
This quartet have been marvelous, they are like a parallel to the first series but also fantastic in its own ways. The similarly between the two main characters is excellent not repetitive or boring.
There are characters mentioned in this series that I'm pretty sure are mentioned in the first series, that's part of the reason I want to go back through all the books. There are little subtle hints at Easter eggs in this series or that series, and I love them.
The ending is such bitter sweet sorrow that I was in tears or nearly so for the last fifth of the book. It ended well even if not "happily ever after".
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As with the rest of the series (and in truth, all of Mr Wheeler's stories) this book packed a lot of punches. There is no lack of intrigue. Will fairweather friends come through or stab you in the back; will the fountain continue to support Ransom; will his children survive; will his wife tire of his ceaseless support of the Argentine line?
So many questions, and answers you won't always like but the story grabs you and doesn't let up until the end.
I hope you enjoy this book and this series as much as I have. Mr Wheeler is a fantastic author who is so good at weaving storylines around an element of history and making it so believable. I think all his books would make excellent films or TV series.
I haven't mentioned the actual story, as one, you have the book blurb for that but also I don't want in any way to spoil it for you, the reader.
So 5 ☆ for this book and for this series. It does not disappoint. 😎