Initially, I purchased the kindle version since it was so cheap. I was hooked within the first few pages. I then switched to the audible version and I have enjoyed it even more. The narrator is excellent and the story line is addictive. This is clearly not the author's first book!
IMO, this is the best fantasy debut for many a year. I can't wait for the next novel in the series.
I did not read the print version, but may feel differently if I had.
The ending was guessable. I could already see the direction the book was heading.
I really like his narration, I feel he does a great job keeping the tonal inflections consistent between characters.
Not necessarily. As it wore on, I did listen in longer intervals, but in one sitting it'd be too much.
It is a fun idea, with good characters. However the characters lack depth and their motives before and after their actions seems a second thought. The world building was not done very well. The different species and the idea of "thorn" is cool, but was not developed. I was left wondering why characters did what they did, and weary of the nonstop battle scenes that didn't allow for much character development.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book was an excellent debut for Cameron in the Fantasy Genre & it encompasses all the hardcore fantasy elements, Magus $ Clerics with a terrific power system, all sorts of monsters from summoned demons to golden bears that are normally similar to grizzlies, magic weapons & armor, to name some of the elements I consider hardcore fantasy. Very graphic yet with thought behind the violence compared to violence because violence tends to sell. Its hard not to be graphic when u fight a monster that will easily leave 6-8 fully plate armored knights after a fight if u are not prepared or have been surprised. I also loved the use of the fear aura that increased depending on the monstrosity, it reminded me of my younger years. A knight fails his constitution or intelligence to fight off fear & is eviscerated while in chock with terror.
The one huge complaint I had about the book was that at points the POV shifted so often that if was annoying because each POV was only covering a small amount of time but the back & forth felt like a tennis match on multiple levels. I was used to all the different characters from GRRM & 'Game of Thrones' so that didn't bother me but sometime the speed of the back & forth was testing... other than that I can't wait for the next installment - 'Fell Sword'.
The Narartion was done well as well, no complaints but nothing outshining other portions of the book,
Laying in bed on sat morning listening
Thing is there are plenty. But the narration is some of the best.
He does such a good job with a wide variety of characters. Almost as good as Marsten with the Dresden files
I actually enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it several times. The concept of magic used in this book was interesting and they developed the characters well. There was one point in the book where the point of view kept shifting between the sides in a conflict so much that it was kind of "dizzying" and that part of the book I didn't like too well.
The author definitely left plenty of open threads in the story to permit other books in a series. I just wish that there would be another book.
I like a variety of fantasy titles from many different authors and I would say this is one of my favorites. It all depends on how well the author does with following books in the series.
Great action packed storyline that's keeps you wishing for more. The Red Knight is the real deal !!! Can't wait for the next book, and next, and next.....
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Four Stars OUT of Five. "Dam I am a good reviewer."
This story had a different feel about it. I still got that o this is fantastical but it had something more I could not really play my finger on. The magic system is very interesting. I am not sure I really understood the whole magic system. It was explain in happen change conversions during the entirety of the book.
Reading some of the reviews some people didn't like Matthews performance. I thought he did fine. He is not a five star but at least a 4. I would have to say the captains voice was my favorite.
No the start is slow. Just going to warn you. THE START IS SLOW. Stick with it and it will get better.
I say if you got all your great epic fantasy done with and are craving some. This is the book for you. After all the greats are done you have practically start doing research on what book is next for you.
Mathew Wolf's performance was top notch - perfect voice for this book
Even at 30 hours long I was sad to see the book end – Most first novels have story glitches and I suppose this one does too, but I have no complaints. This book is defiantly “credit worthy’ I can’t wait for the next book
This book is a mess. Yes, the author can describe in painful detail every piece of armor that a medieval knight would wear. Yes, he can tell you the order these things are placed on the body and how it takes squires to get them on and off. Yes, he can describe weapons down to the length of the butt spike on an axe. Can he tell a story that's interesting and doesn't sound like a ren-faire worker's D&D campaign? No. This book is lazy and it's incredibly insulting to people who want to read quality fantasy.
Things this book is missing:
1) Its own theology/Gods. One of the things that makes a great fantasy novel, should it deign to talk about its theology, is a solid pantheon of gods or at least a religious system. GRRM has it in the Seven, Pat Rothfuss does it with Tehlu and all his angels, but this guy just slaps Jesus on it, mixes in a little allegory for paganism and calls it done. If you want to write about a world grounded in Christianity, then write historical fiction. Have the balls to set your story in medieval Europe and do as much research there as you did on arming coats and hauberks.
2) Original names. The queen's name is Desiderata. Come on. Did you pull that off the inspirational poster hanging in your study? Willful Murder? Come on. Did you realize "Black Dow" was taken? Maybe you could have had a ranger named Smizzt. Every other character sounds like your SCA friends (google the Society for Creative Anachronism) gave you their persona names or their D&D character names.
3) Real Worldbulding. This was the deal breaker for me. There's no real sense of place. Nothing is important, there are no footholds to make me feel like this is a world that's been lived in. This started with having Christianity and the freaking Zodiac mixed in. How hard is it to come up with your own Gods and arcane symbology? It comes off as supremely lazy.
This novel reads like its something REALLY AWESOME your buddy from the comic shop had been working on as his blog. I could see tattered xeroxes of a this passed reverently among fighters at an SCA event as something Sir So-and-So wrote and is getting PUBLISHED, did you hear! Ugh. I'm pissed that I wasted an audible credit. Just gross and lazy.