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Knight's Dawn: The Red Pavilions: Book One Paperback – 1 Feb 2001


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490311
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,233,821 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

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Vivid imagination (STARBURST)

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Winthrop on 21 Dec. 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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I am not into fiction very much, and when I read this (almost 10 years ago) I hardly read at all. But I couldn't put this book by Kim Hunter down; I think I read it in 2 days straight, which for me at the time (and even now since I am so busy) was a major accomplishment. It is an amazing piece of work, and it is so vivid in detail that I felt I was actually transported there at times. Apart from the occasional use of bad language (which I'm sure won't bother most people but it does bother me)I would recommend this to all fantasy buffs. The other thing that put me off where the sequels which were decidedly darker, and perhaps simply not as good as the first. I bought the 2nd book in the series when it came out (having only borrowed the first from the library on a whim, not knowing what to expect but pleasantly surprised), but I couldn't get into it. I found it was much darker than the first, and that put me off. I subsequently found out through reviews that the next two books were not as good anyway. So I didn't lose much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cheong88@hotmail.com on 23 Jan. 2002
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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