The Red Knight (Traitor Son Cycle 1) Paperback – 8 Aug 2013
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"Fans of hefty adventure epics will enjoy this dense, intricately plotted historical fantasy debut... [Cameron] packs this thick volume with enough magic, violence, and intrigue for three books, flavoring the story with period detail and earthy dialogue." ""Publishers Weekly"""
"I cannot recommend the Traitor Son Cycle enough... amazing." ""SF Signal "on" The Fell Sword"""
""The Red Knight" is an excellent debut... You will be won by the intricate story and sophisticated world building." ""Fantasy Book Critic "on" The Red Knight"""
"Promising historical fantasy debut featuring an expansive cast, an engaging plot, and a detailed eye for combat." ""The Ranting Dragon "on" The Red Knight """
"Literate, intelligent and well-thought-out...a pleasingly complex and greatly satisfying novel." ""SFF World "on" The Red Knight"""
"A rousing read." ""SF Signal "on" The Red Knight"""
""The Red Knight" is an excellent debut...will only get better as the series progresses...you will be won by the intricate story and sophisticated world building." ""Fantasy Book Critic "on" The Red Knight""" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I look forward to the next volume - but please get it properly proofed before printing!
There are a few things that bothered me.
1 Too many characters. The story wasn't helped by having to follow so many individuals.
2 I have no problem with Dragons and Trolls etc in a fantasy story, but considering the "Monsters" in this story are meant to be from the English Wild - I felt no connection to them. The Boglins were so alien as to be boring. What happened to Orcs, Goblins and Brownies?. Neither the Daemons nor Trolls bore any resemblance to my imagined horrors. I want to be able to walk in a wood at night and feel some trepidation that I might come across something nasty.- the adult version of the "Gruffalo" doesn't do it for me. Only the Wyverns passed muster.
3 Mr Cameron may know about Medieval Armour but his knowledge of British Wildlife is sadly lacking, Turkeys, Holm Oaks and (ffs) Humming Birds?
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