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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle) (edition 2013)

by Miles Cameron

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Title:The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle)
Authors:Miles Cameron
Info:Orbit (2013), Edition: Reprint, Kindle Edition, 657 pages
Collections:Kindle
Rating:*****
Tags:Kindle, eBook, Fantasy, Canadian

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The Red Knight leads a mercenary company, this time he is up against multiple enemies from the wild, led by a magician who has embraced the Wild and wants to use it to conquer humanity. This looks at the battles from several points of view and honestly I had moments where I nearly put it down and walked away. Protecting a nunnery is going to be complicated. Particularly when they can use magic too and he has to face up to his magical heritage too.

Yeah, I would have liked fewer viewpoints and a tighter story, but by the end I wanted more. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 6, 2015 |
Got started but started getting lengthy. Miles Cameron definitely knows what he is talking about though. For people who like a detail this is the perfect book. ( )
  kaipakartik | Jul 27, 2014 |
This is very much an epic book with wonderful prose. But prepare for a time investment to come up to speed on everything. Personally, I think it was worth it.

My full review:
http://wildersbookreview.com/2013/07/26/the-red-knight-by-miles-cameron/ ( )
  tenaciousreader | May 24, 2014 |
Now this is totally why I read fiction
- good plot development
- a few surprises along the way
- a strong mythos that wasn't too strange and very well structure - I was able to follow the pieces and even guess at some of the structure
- a great consequences model (action ==> consequence)
- characters that are various shades of grey (stark black and white characters that are either good and evil are just too flat - they don't ring true to real life - every villain should have a redeeming point and every hero a failure or two - and this book does a great job of that)
- and finally, last but not least, characters you can associate with, love, and suffer with, and occasionally even hate
overall 95% (the only thing that could make it better would be this structure in a strict historical setting). ( )
  jason9292 | Mar 28, 2014 |
This is a nice blending of high fantasy and blood-and-guts fighting and it is no surprise to see that Cameron lists the likes of Tolkien and other similar authors among his influences.

The bare bones of Arthurian legend form the foundation for a truly fun & fantastic work. The characters are well-drawn, admirable, and entertaining. The pacing climbs throughout, with well-placed pauses for character and back-story development. The style is succinct without simplicity, and the use of language is well-rounded. Importantly to the author, the action within reflects the art of war in western armour and arms as well as any in the genre.

Set around a mercenary company led by the Red Knight including such memorable and memorably named characters such as Bad Tom, Sauce, and Wilful Murder that specialises in monster hunting the novels plot revolves around the band’s newest contract the protection of an Abbey from the forces of the Wild. A task that draws in a myriad of characters from kings and queens, to mages and witches, and ordinary folks.

Fans of both high fantasy and Joe Abercrombie-style action should both get something out of The Red Knight. As usual, the test for me is whether or not I want to keep reading. And the answer for that is a definite yes. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 26, 2013 |
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This is a world dominated by The Wild. Man lives in pockets of civilisation claimed from The Wild. Within men's walls life is civilised, the peace punctuated by tournaments, politicking, courtly love and canny business. Beyond those walls men are prey - vulnerable to the exceptionally powerful and dangerous creatures which populate the land, and even more vulnerable to those creatures schemes. So when one of those creatures breaks out of The Wild and begins preying on people in their homes, it takes a specialist to hunt it down or drive it out ...and even then, it's a long, difficult and extremely dangerous job. The Black Captain and his men are one such group of specialists. They have no idea what they're about to face ...Forget George and the Dragon. Forget Sir Lancelot and tales of Knightly exploits. This is dirty, bloody work. This is violent, visceral action. This is a mercenary knight as you've never seen one before.
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Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.

Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with.

Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war. . .

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This is a world dominated by The Wild. Man lives in pockets of civilisation claimed from The Wild. Within men's walls life is civilised, the peace punctuated by tournaments, politicking, courtly love and canny business. Beyond those walls men are prey - vulnerable to the exceptionally powerful and dangerous creatures which populate the land, and even more vulnerable to those creatures schemes. So when one of those creatures breaks out of The Wild and begins preying on people in their homes, it takes a specialist to hunt it down or drive it out and even then, it's a long, difficult and extremely dangerous job. The Black Captain and his men are one such group of specialists. They have no idea what they're about to face. Forget George and the Dragon. Forget Sir Lancelot and tales of Knightly exploits. This is dirty, bloody work. This is violent, visceral action. This is a mercenary knight as you've never seen one before.… (more)

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