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The Red Knight Audiobook

The Red Knight

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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 abbey 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....

The Red Knight is the first book of The Traitor Son Cycle.

©2013 Miles Cameron (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 02-06-13
    Robert ROSWELL, NM, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, really good book"

    The book follows a group of characters from the Queen to a slave and tells some of their backstory's as it goes along, while telling the main story of the book. It is well written and I couldn't stop listening to it. I was involved within the first few minutes and stay throughout the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker 12-03-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?

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    "The Red Knight vs the Army of Darkness …& scary Monsters"
    What did you love best about The Red Knight?

    The sheer fearful and down right scary aspect of the "Wild" and it's unending hoard of monsters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Knight?

    That very VERY creepy and self absorbed a-hole of a knight burning down the Inn. Boy, I can't wait till he gets killed by the Red Knight!


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

    All were fine, and well done. No harsh or strained voices. a very good reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the ex-wench was knighted. I got all misty eyed. a great, unexpected, and very warm moment. This shows, while writing gore and horror, the author remembers to write a tale with heart, and love.


    Any additional comments?

    A great huge epic of a tale, about heroic knights fighting against seemingly unstoppable and horrific army of hideous monsters. This had creatures you could find in a science fiction or a horror story, yet it held tightly to it's fantasy genre by the author's knowledge of medieval weaponry, armor, and warfare. Very well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 06-21-14
    Sean 06-21-14
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    "Eh...Knight"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 10-08-13
    JPaladin 10-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "OK, but series has potential."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 03-04-13
    Todd 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story but a little strange"
    Any additional comments?

    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..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Palestine, TX, USA 06-13-14
    Paul Palestine, TX, USA 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Get your OWN religion"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has The Red Knight turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not the genre, but the rest of the book, the series, and maybe the author


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    overall, I liked his reading. But he does make awkwardly long pauses.


    Could you see The Red Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    With the wack-jobs we have making decisions about such things, yeah probably


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 07-27-13
    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm a teacher and a 30 year reader of genre fiction. Urban and Epic fantasy are my main jams.

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    "Lazy worldbuilding, cheeseball narration."

    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.

    13 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Foster-Turner Harrow, Greater London, UK 02-15-17
    Helen Foster-Turner Harrow, Greater London, UK 02-15-17 Member Since 2012

    I've been into epic fantasy, sci-fi and everything in between since I first read The Lord of the Rings. I also love detective novels.

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    "Good story but ...."

    I liked the story, I do, but I felt let down by the narrator. Sometimes he was quite good but at often he has an annoying cadence ams or he was very flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Dial Warner Robins, GA United States 02-03-17
    D. Dial Warner Robins, GA United States 02-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "1st book is good but goes downhill from there"
    Would you listen to The Red Knight again? Why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The problem I have with the series is that it is too compressed. Magic wielders who have had limited abilities for years or decades all the sudden find there powers increased 20 fold in a matter of weeks or months. It felt forced...as if the author had an outcome and had to get to it within a year or two of book time. Not even buying the fourth book


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed in the series. Have never enjoyed a first book and then developed no desire to read the last book before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dmitriy 01-03-17
    dmitriy 01-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Chapters cut short"

    Don't know what I'm missing but a bunch of these sentences are cut short and it moves to next chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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