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The Red Knight [Kindle Edition]

Miles Cameron
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 ...



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Book Description

A violent, fast-paced and compelling debut fantasy novel, in a world where heroes and monsters are not quite as they seem ...

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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.

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 . . .


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1445 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LH0J9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Historical Fantasy 25 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback
I suspect there are going to be the almost inevitable comparisons between Miles Cameron and the likes of George R. R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie. First off, The Red Knight is one massive doorstop of a book, honestly it's HUGE. Also, much like the novels that make up A Song of Ice and Fire, each new chapter tends to shift point of view between the different characters. Like Abercrombie, Cameron likes to go uncensored when it comes to the violent moments, nothing gets sugar coated here. Be prepared to witness the horror of war and battle in all of its brutal, gory glory.

It helps with a book of this size that there is huge cast of memorable characters to discover. They add a sense of real depth to the plot. As is often the case, I found myself enjoying the characters that were darker in tone. It's the psychopaths and sociopaths who I always find notable. In The Red Knight there are a number of standouts like Bad Tom who lives for little but violence and the unrestrained joy he finds in the midst of a melee. Or Jean d'Vrailly, the self-styled "greatest knight in the world". Even the Red Knight himself displays his dark side on more than one occasion. These three characters are undoubtedly flawed in one way or another but it makes them just so damn interesting to read. I'd go so far as to say that they made the book for me, especially Bad Tom.

Cameron also appears to take a perverse delight in naming almost all the characters that appear, including the minor ones. It's highly likely I'll never know how the likes of No Head, Wilful Murder and Long Paw came to be named. It's never really explained just the occasional oblique reference. I kinda like that though. It hints at many untold stories which exist but the reader just hasn't uncovered them yet, it's a nice touch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy novel, but not perfect 27 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Red Knight is an excellent fantasy novel in many ways. It is the story of a troop of mercenaries who take employment from the abbess of a convent, which is under attack from the denizens of the wilds. Their leader is the Red Knight of the title, who remains something of an enigma for much of the story, as we do not even learn his name until over half-way through the book. Yet what appears to be a local incident soon takes on a much wider significance, and the convent becomes the stage for a tumultuous siege that could see the conquest of all of civilisation by the wild.

The story is written with great confidence. The author presents realistic characters, well-drawn. The plot holds together well, with no inconsistencies that I could see. It is written with verve, in a style that echoes, extremely well, the stories from the medieval period that it seeks to emulate. Most impressive is the author's handling of warfare. Miles Cameron is a medieval re-enactor, and his knowledge of 15th century arms and armour - and how they were used - is exceptional. This knowledge, and his ability to display it in the pages of the book, adds such realism to the story that one is fully able to suspend one's disbelief: one is able to believe, in consequence, in the more fantastic elements of the story, such as the magic and the magical and other non-human creatures that populate the story.

Why do I only give it four stars? Cameron tells his story from multiple points of view, but in my mind there were just too many characters jostling to have their POV shown. There was one character, for example, whose purpose in the story I struggled to understand, even by the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read, shocking proof read 15 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoying this book but it does annoy me when books are published with numerous spelling and typo errors. Maybe the physical books are better but on the kindle they are numerous . Would have been 4 stars otherwise.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This was a good story, well written with interesting characters and lots of detail, refreshingly not "dumbed down" - eg the author feels no need (and has not been forced by editors) to explain terms such as "round ship" or "bated lances". However, my enjoyment was seriously impaired by the extremely poor copy-editing/proofreading. There are many instances of missing words or letters, and of misapplied apostrophes ("it's" instead of "its" being particularly frequent), and several instances where a sentence has obviously been amended but the original wording retained instead of being replaced. There is also a particular problem with homonyms - did the author use voice recognition software? Just a few examples: "heart" for "hart"; "breeches" for "breaches"; "leaches" for "leeches"; "heel" for "heal"; "censors" for "censers" - a particularly annoying one that occurred several times was "spore" for "spoor". Did the publisher employ a proofreader? If they didn't, they should have; and if they did, he or she should be sacked.

I look forward to the next volume - but please get it properly proofed before printing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed Historical Fantasy. 15 April 2013
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Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I must say that this book did not start well for me and I was initially put off by the style and the voice of the writer. However, after getting into the plot a bit further, it started to get more interesting and the story-telling drew you in.

I am still not sure about certain types of "anachronism" within the book. It is very detailed and the descriptions of the armour, weapons and combat make you feel as if this is a very real world created by the author, based very much on historical research. However, the way the characters express themselves in internal dialogues, feels very much like a post-feminist, post-atheistic, 21st century mode of expression.

This aspect is quite subtle though and many people won't even notice - importantly, it doesn't really detract from the enjoyment of reading this book. The idea of "power" as a way of using magic is very interesting and the fantasy elements of the book are quite original and well-written. The pace is good and once you get into the idea of the "Wild" being a source of fantastically threatening monsters, rather than just a wilderness - it starts to become a real page-turner.

If you can suspend your disbelief, then this is a very enjoyable fantasy, with a wealth of colourful characters and a well-realised world. Great fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a bit of time
Cracking easy read. Really gains momentum in the second half. Sets itself up well for a sequel too. Will be ordering the second.
Published 18 days ago by imalumberjak
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb addition to any fantasy collection. An identifiable ...
A superb addition to any fantasy collection.An identifiable setting of Middle Ages Britain with the addition of mythical creatures it literally drips blood from tooth and claw and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of promise, but fails to deliver
The Red Knight, by Miles Cameron, had been sitting on my “to be read” shelf for a fair while before I eventually came round to picking it up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dominish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great book, more please!
Published 3 months ago by J High
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Red Knight
What an excellent read...great characters & story...could just not stop reading this & am already starting the next one "The Fell Knight" !
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars The Red Knight / 100 Years War.
I tried and I tried with this book, but in the end I had to call it a day at the halfway mark.

The novel showed promise and I actually liked the concept of the story but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. J. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars Nuff said !
Brilliant book, really enjoyed it well done Mr Cameron I'll be reading the Fell Sword next. A map would be good !
Published 4 months ago by Glen
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't actually LIKE it - too much swearing
I don't actually LIKE it - too much swearing, blasphemy and gratuitous gore for my delicate psyche. It is a compelling, well constructed yarn though. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Ijioma
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent fantasy debut
While I read huge amounts of fantasy in my youth, I was put off it by the outpouring of dross in the 1980s. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ben Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars So good that I've even forgiven the awful editing!
After reading all the Game Of Throes books back-to-back, it has been a real struggle to find any fantasy books which are anywhere near as satisfying. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Woodward
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