boring book, forgettable characters no real world building , and an extremely lazy weird mash up of Christianity and the zodiac? he talks about Jesus Christ and multiple references to real Christian beliefs but no real explanation of what's actually going on, is this earth? no? maybe? who the hell knows. pretty lame magic system as well, they travel to rooms in their minds and then proceed work vague references of power without describing what it is. also I felt there was a real lack of descriptions for the monsters in the first 3/4 of the books. in short this book was a chore to read. stay away.
This is a fantasy novel which was hard for me to finish. Although I listen to a lot of SF and Fantasy, I usually find that good writing in the latter category is hard to come by. I've found that most of the posted reviews I which rave about this or that fanatasy novel are not to be trusted. Because when I try most of these highly rated books, they give me literary indigestion. Most are just awful...poorly written rehashes of hackneyed themes which were, in most cases, handled a lot better by earlier writers. Still, I keep trying them out, looking for the few that might just be gems. And, I've found a few...a few.
The Red Knight is an example of another disappointment. In some parts, near the beginning, it even showed flashes of the start of something really good...the single reason I gave it more than 1 star. But, the flash dies off quickly, each time, and the reader is forced to continue to trudge on along the book's prosaic path to its mundane conclusion. I guess this kind of over worn, comic book, style of writing appeals to a lot of readers, like the ones who rate unimaginative, poorly written fantasies with 5 stars. But, for me, its just another "fantasy" novel I wasted my time with.
I'm a pretty picky in my criticism of audiobooks. I demand three dimensional characters, a good plot, good writing and of course an above average narrator to tie it all together.
While Red Knight showed promise in many of these areas, I don't like having to pay a "price"
or "premium" of "getting through the first 10 hours" to appreciate a story. I demand to be ensconced in the story throughout most of the book.
The narration was probably the best part of this fantasy story. The battle scenes were done well, but after a while, I kept asking myself whether I cared if the bad guys just killed everyone. Unfortunately, my answer was...No, I don't care.
I'm a teacher and a 30 year reader of genre fiction. Urban and Epic fantasy are my main jams.
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.
No. Let me start by saying, I'm NOT a Christian. But it's the religious aspect of this book that has made stop listening. I have not finished the 1st download, and I will not download the rest. I feel like this author is a good writer and story teller. I like his style and would love finish the book. But for all his creativity, he couldn't be bothered to create his own religion like any other author would have. I'm cool with calling your god " God ". But, he refers to The virgin, and the Christ, and he uses our own constellations, Aries, Taurus, etc. the holy priests are magic users who draw pentagrams and pray, not only to god and Jesu, but to the constellations as well as they perform their spells. If you have even the faintest belief or respect for the bible, then this book will make you fear a lightning strike. My belief in the god of the bible is usually subject to the day of the week. but this author's absolute disrespect for believers in Christ is just that, disrespectful. Try mangling the Quran in your next book and see how that flies.
P.S. if you don't care about what I've said, then I DO recommend the book. I was intrigued and I am curious to know how the series plays out. But I never will.
not the genre, but the rest of the book, the series, and maybe the author
overall, I liked his reading. But he does make awkwardly long pauses.
With the wack-jobs we have making decisions about such things, yeah probably
This military fantasy has the potential to be an epic fantasy series. No ground was broken in this story--pretty straight forward battle of opposing forces (one nominally "good" and the other nominally "evil"--yet those lines are certainly in question in the book and likely developed further in the series). The story set up enough convolution between the characters' backgrounds, the magical system, and the main conflict that I could see an interesting series developing out of this mostly run-of-the-mill first book.
In short: the characters were engaging; the motivations, setting, and plot all interesting.
This was a good "pass the time" book for me. I'm not dying waiting for the next book in the series, but I will very likely read it.
The character development was great and i will be looking forward to the next book. For me the strange part was the use of the Catholic Church / Jesus along side demons. Not a big distraction and will still look for next book..
I can safely say that I have found a new author to keep my eye on. Miles Cameron has provided us with a very solid series starter. This book has a complex plot with well developed characters, who seem to come alive as the story goes on. The thing that stands out about this book is the author's description of every intricate aspect of midevil life. I especially enjoyed his descriptions of all of the weapons and armor portrayed in the novel. I will warn perspective readers that the novel does change view points very rapidly, but I felt the change was smooth and didn't interrupt the flow of the story. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and this might be challenging if one is not paying proper attention to the story, but if one has the focus this is a great and complex novel. There is much violence, maybe a bit too much, but the scenes are well drawn out and the gore is very vividly described, if you like that kind of thing. Finally, the narrator did a fantastic job, especially with differentiating the many different characters. Overall, this book is definitely worth buying and I have already bought the second novel.