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Knight's Dawn: Bk.1 (Red Pavilions S.) [Paperback]

Kim Hunter
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3 Jan 2002 Red Pavilions (Book 1)

A wounded soldier comes to consciousness on a hillside above a forest. His helmet and sword are gone, but he still wears the bloodstained remnants of his armour. The soldier looks about in astonishment - he has no idea how he got there or who he is. He believes he has been in an almighty battle, but as to the cause or the outcome he has no idea. Only later does he learn that the last battle in that kingdom was over a century ago ...

And so begins KNIGHT'S DAWN, the first part in a major new fantasy trilogy from an exciting new voice in fantasy fiction ...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (3 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490908
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soldier wakes from a confused dream of a desperate battle in a land where he does not belong, does not know the rules; Kim Hunter's Knight's Dawn first of theThe Red Pavilions sequence constantly and inventively wrongfoots us about what sort of book this is going to turn out to be. Soldier comes to the city of Zamerkand and finds himself caught up in its vicious politics and mad economic structure; hired to collect severed hands from the many hanged, his death is ordered by politicians who just don't want any unaccountable players in town and reprieved by a mad and disfigured princess, with whom he falls desperately in love. On a quest to find the cure for her madness, he finds himself endlessly caught in mythic patterns that go otherwise than we expect--Soldier is not an entirely nice or sane man, and the world of humans is no more corrupt than the world of magical beings which surrounds it. Knight's Dawn has passionate inventiveness going for it, and also a deep sense of unease--for once we have no reason to suppose that we are headed for anything recognisable as a happy ending. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Vivid imagination (STARBURST)

A vivid tale of sorcery and strife ... an absorbing plot (DREAMWATCH)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 21 Dec 2005
I'm normally a reader of non-fiction but when I was at my library recently looked at the Fantasy books. The cover of Knights Dawn looked appealing so took it out.
I have to say that I was unable to put it down. OK so the text is written in a simple manner. But so many staggering ideas, concepts, scenarios, etc.
Anyway I've read it all the way through P>And now I'm on to the second one in the trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a fantasy but a fairy tale 21 Oct 2001
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If you haven't read fairy tales since you were a kid then I'd suggest you read a handful of Grimms' and Arabian Nights stories first. This book is far closer to the traditional fairy or folk tale than modern fantasy. Read as a fantasy the language is simple, the characters sketchy, and the story too episodic and unconnected. Many of the happenings are typical fairy tale events and the other elements are also true to the genre. Even the 'name' of the 'hero' is traditional (eg 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses') and the book's ending.
I enjoyed this book very much once I started reading it on its own terms. It does read like a first book but there are enough fresh ideas in it to make me look forward to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Battles, Terrific Journeys 19 Feb 2005
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Well I'm one of the lovers of this exceptional new writer. This book had so much irony it probably escaped the reader of ordinary fantasy. I was with Soldier all the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or Hate it. 7 Feb 2005
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This is obviously one of those books (the whole trilogy in fact) which you either love or hate. I love it. I love its inventiveness, its quirkiness and its sheer sense of wonder. It may not be Lord of the Rings high fantasy but I don't think it's supposed to be. There are those who hate it and give it one line reviews in which they say the writing style is appalling and the content bad, but they seem unaware that this is merely their opinion and that books are a matter of taste, not fact. What they found awful many more of us (see all the reviews) found terrific and the haters are in the minority. This is a tale you have to read to the end to get any sense of where the plot is leading: a problem with trilogies when one has to wait for the second and third books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising and terrific read 23 Jan 2002
I was absolutely enthralled by this story, which seems to me to have echoes of Arabian Nights. I don't know where the author derived his inspiration from but it struck a deep chord with me. I live in Singapore and I love fantasy with an Eastern feel to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 15 May 2012
This is a great book, best of this series. The writing style is fine (there have been a few complaints but I like it), and it is unputdownable. I felt like I was really in Zamerkand for a while!
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