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.
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....
©2012 Miles Cameron (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Buckets of blood, battles with horrible monsters. It's all there. Not for the faint hearted but I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Knight. I will be keeping an eye on Miles Cameron for more. I also have a new favourite narrator in Matthew Wolf. Recommended for fantasy lovers.
It's the marriage between authentic detail, subtle humour and a range of different and carefully wrought story-lines that makes this one of the best books I've listen to in a while. It's a rather novel take on the fantasy genre, too. It's a fantasy/historic novel cross-over and not the worse for it.
It's really engaging and the characterisation avoids stereotypes. There are heroes dressed as anti-heroes and vice-versa. There are as many powerful women as men, which always gets my vote. Equally, there are vain and shallow women but just as many men sharing the same unflattering characteristics. There are a range of interesting themes such as the class-system, dysfunctional relationships and the rights and wrongs of other cultural, moral and social constructs. The story-lines are carefully constructed and despite the length of this book, they never seem laboured.
Wolf's performance is another highlight. He has to cope with a massive range of characters and the variety of accents he manages are believable and generally well maintained. Yes, there are a few accent inconsistencies but there are so MANY characters this minor criticism hardly seems worth mentioning.
King Arthur meets Patrick Bateman
The best value for money I've had in a long while.
"Outsharps Richard Sharpe"
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a great story, well written and well read. I bought the second book because the first was so good; roll on number three.
The Red Knight as the central character was written in such a way the other characters played off him and brought out their own personalities.
Thorn, even as an evil character was played in a way that you wanted to know how far he would go despite the material he had to work with.
This book was too long to read in one sitting but it was finished within a couple of days; in time to get right into the Fell Sword.
I object to having to wait patiently for Book three.
The author has simply thrown in too many things. Including dragons, wyverns, trolls, magic, boglins, erks, golden bears to name a few just gets a bit silly. Having a story where a supposedly super intelligent adversary always loses is very weak. Threads that go nowhere. All in all a big disappointment.
As a contrast, consider any of Branden Sanderson's books. He sticks to just one element out of the ordinary and puts his hero's through hell until eventually coming out on top.
almost exactly same plot as game of thrones. the wild, the wall, knights. Just not nearly as gripping. Power was just used randomly to fill lack of decent outcomes. avoid it!
"Satisfyingly Complex Characters"
There are a lot of characters and their interactions are complex. The author pays you the compliment of not explaining everything that happens and much falls into place as you begin to understand the characters and their context.
The battle scenes are well written with and all of them a high points in the narrative. The other elements that I most enjoyed were the characters interactions with each other whereby you begin to understand them better.
There is a lot of medieval phrases and terminology which can take a bit of getting used to but this is a minor negative point which adds to the overall context of the story once you have caught up.
Great story, good narration (drops one star for inconsistent accents). Well plotted, thoroughly enjoyable listen.
Such a brilliant and engaging story. It took a little while to get used to the format but once I did I was thoroughly engaged. The narrator was brilliant.
"Couldn't get into it"
This book just wasn't for me. I found it hard to listen to, and the characters were not interesting enough to make it worth persevering.
This is how fantasy should be written! It is a genre with a lot of unfortunate concoctions. However, when the author is a decent craftsman then the fantasy novel is exquisite!
The Traitor Son is one of my absolute favourite fantasy epics. The prose is beautiful, the story and characters are engaging. He even manages to include dark characters with believable complex motives. The battle scenes are the most beautiful wrought scenes I have ever experienced in any fiction.
The voice of Mathew Wolfe is perfect for the setting - a performance that lingers with me.
made it to chapter 4, but already there are too many characters to keep track of.
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