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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Miles Cameron
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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.

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 abby 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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    "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

    "The Red Knight is an excellent debut... You will be won by the intricate story and sophisticated world building."—Fantasy Book Critic

    About the Author

    Miles Cameron is an author, a re-enactor, an outdoors expert and a weapons specialist. He lives, works and writes in Toronto, where he lives with his family. This is his debut fantasy novel.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1506 KB
    • Print Length: 667 pages
    • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (January 22, 2013)
    • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007ZFPUL2
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with historical fiction influence February 2, 2013
    Format:Paperback
    As a fan of historical fiction (such as Bernard Cornwell or Christian Cameron) I have often thought that these writers would make excellent fantasy authors. As I began reading The Red Knight (TRK), I found myself feeling like I had stumbled across just such a work- as the world itself, the details, and the way the story was told seemed closer to historical fiction than standard fantasy. I found out that although this is the first book by Miles Cameron, the author has in fact been writing historical fiction under another name.

    Having now finished TRK, it is exactly the kind of fantasy story I have been hoping for. It is full of (many) complex characters with villains and heroes alike being fleshed out individuals with good and bad qualities, a genuine understanding of the real medieval world which makes the fantasy world of the story come across as being alive and realistic, a well thought out magic system, and some of the best action (and lots of it) you will read in any fantasy series.

    Lastly, the story is part of a projected five book series, but wraps up nicely concluding the main story line while leaving some questions and hints towards where the story may go in the future. If you've been burnt by George R.R. Martin, or other fantasy authors who leave you hanging between books, TRK will leave you satisfied but looking forward to more.
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    41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, realistic fantasy January 29, 2013
    By Hepius
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Characters: The Red Knight features a wide cast of characters, with each chapter giving us a different point of view. Our primary point of view is the Red Knight himself, a young mercenary commander. The Red Knight might be young, but he knows his business. I don't put spoilers in my reviews, so I'll just mention that there is more to the Red Knight than (of course) first meets the eye. Besides the Red Knight we have a rich cast of characters, including the novel's primary antagonist. I enjoyed getting both the "good guy" AND "bad guy" point of views.

    World building: This had to be one of my favorite elements of the novel. Cameron has taken Europe (circa 1450, I estimate) and tuned it to his own fantasy setting. You'll recognize names and places from European history, some straight out of the history books, some given interesting twists. The book combines the author's deep knowledge of history with a truly refreshing, well thought out overlay of magic and fantastic monsters (some you'll recognize, some you won't). It is a gritty, highly realistic setting.

    Engagement/Willing suspension of disbelief: Cameron is a historian and a reenactor. Both come through in spades when it comes to engagement. Small details of everyday life create a rich, believable atmosphere. And Cameron certainly knows how to write a gripping combat scene. Knights in other fantasy novels wear the same armor, but in the Red Knight you really get to know what is means to be in a full suit of plate. It is obvious that the author has spent his fair share of time in full harness.

    Writing/Mechanics: The Red Knight is a professionally written novel. Besides getting an exciting story, you are getting a well-written story. It is not all blood and guts, Cameron takes time to smell the roses.
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars From Bang to Whimper December 11, 2013
    By Fyrth
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is a tough review to write because I both enjoyed and hated the Red Knight, and I wavered between 2-3 stars for a while before finally making up my mind. In essence, this is a rather simple story about a mercenary company contracted to defend an abbey from an enemy army of the Wild (think wyverns and trolls and the like.) Cameron tries to layer this simplistic plot with some complexity towards the end but it's ultimately not too much deeper than my one sentence summary. And while that may sound like a bad thing (especially if you're a fan of Erickson or GRRM's behemoth plots) I was hopeful that Cameron would use this as a way to build up a really compelling cast of characters on both sides of the conflict.

    Does he succeed? Well, yes and no. I did like several main characters including the titular Red Knight whom other reviewers seemed to have an issue with, and a knight named De Vraily who is so rabid with his faith and arrogance that he was always a fun point of view. But my overall impression about Cameron's characterization was that it fell rather flat. A large part of this has to do with his love of viewpoints and the back and forth, back and forth, shift from one character to another was tiresome (to say the least) at the end of all 600 pages. Instead of using this mechanism as GRRM or Abercrombie do- i.e. to build up several really strong narrative voices- Cameron does it more for the effect. It's even more problematic because the point of views themselves are only a couple of paragraphs to a couple of pages long. Instead of devoting an entire chapter to a character, we're left pinballing between 5-20 of them in any given chapter which is...well...dizzying. And ultimately pointless without more investment in characterization.
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    31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Writing what he knows November 24, 2012
    By Ross H
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a nice blending of high fantasy and blood-and-guts fighting and it is no surprise to see that Cameron lists the likes of Tolkien and other similar authors among his influences.

    It is an old writing adage to `write what you know.' Miles Cameron is a re-enactor and specialist in ancient weapons and armour. And this comes through loud and clear in his descriptive writing. I am familiar enough with the terms used to be able to readily visualise the people and the scenes. Cameron's experience with arms etc also comes through strongly in the fight scenes. But the text would have been complemented by a glossary of it all.

    Fans of both high fantasy and Joe Abercrombie-style action should both get something out of The Red Knight. As usual, the test for me is whether or not I want to keep reading. And the answer for that is a definite yes.
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