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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Tournament’s Price is a work of historical fiction focused around young adult protagonists and knightly adventures and was penned by author Given Hoffman. Written as the opening novel to the Marked series, this highly engaging and nuanced work takes us back to the age of kings and their dangerous sporting pursuits. Prince Gage is the second son, and as such he has engaged in a career as a young prodigy in jousting, but as he grows older, more duties will be heaped upon his shoulders. So when the arrival of a thief at one of his tournaments sparks a whole new conspiracy among the common people, Gage has a lot of growing up to do, and fast.
A suitable and highly enjoyable adventure novel for readers of all ages, Prince Gage’s triumphant tale combines an accurate medieval historical atmosphere with fast-paced modern storytelling that has plenty of action in every chapter. Author Given Hoffman relates to Gage in his coming of age struggles in a way that young adult audiences can easily imagine, and the narrative style allows us some access into his feelings, but also an insight into the greater worldbuilding of the pressures and plots that surround him. The storyline of the piece flows brilliantly through the adventure and into the mystery of the Blue Crow very well, and the ending is satisfying but also leaves readers desiring more from future books in the series. Overall, The Tournament’s Price is a highly recommended read for medieval adventure fans, young and old.