- File Size: 1908 KB
- Print Length: 323 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 097782456X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. (February 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AIAJJKS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is the 4th in the series and having not read the previous books, I was a little concerned that I might be lost. But it didn’t take long to realize The Redoubt could stand on its own. The story line is unique in that the king’s sons – one who prefers to wear women’s clothing and the other a wanna-be priest who is convinced his father has darkness in his heart – are something of a headache for the king...and pretty much the entire kingdom.
The pace of the story moves somewhat slower than what I normally read, with the main character not meeting his ‘empress in need of rescue’ until the last 30 percent of the book. There is a lot of what anime fans would call filler. It is interesting and entertaining filler, albeit I did feel that it took away from the momentum of the story.
The dialogue was well written with plenty of humorous and ‘creative’ name calling. The final duel between the hero and villain was hilarious, once I understood it. The Redoubt paints an interesting world where some of the quietest characters are the most powerful.
While in the middle books Robin has regained his kingdom, the self-battles remain: how to be a father to two sons who have taken such different lifepaths; will he ever love again; can he rule his kingdom fairly, even as weather-related distress has impoverished his people; what kind of man is he.
The weather – wet, gloomy, dismal, is a perfect description of Robin’s mood. And the challenge of finding again sunny days, is a perfect metaphor for his state of being -- As is the trade mission Robin leads to Sea Gate Fortress and a potential reunion with its ruler, the wonderful Alexandra
And it is a wonderful journey, with a healthy nod to Chaucer, and a perfect vehicle for terrific story-telling. And the tales are imaginative, funny, drawing numerous comments from the participants; they are both personal and telling, and even foretelling. Marvelous writing.
“The Redoubt” is a great read. Engaging, involving and written by a writer who is mastering this form of meaningful fantasy, to tell a fantastic, mystical tale with a modern eye. Congratulation. There is clearly more to tell about Robin and his quest.
To all others, Enjoy!
Firstly, I love the harsh but descriptive opening with Bewilliam (Robin). A new reader will be able to pick up that he’s seen some fierce battles. There is an intriguing and compelling dynamic between Robin’s sons Conrad (Thaddeus) and Zachary (Dale). I think this really brings out part of Robin's character as well, because he's a king who wants to see his heir be prepared to take his place one day, but must cope with the fact that his sons have their own minds, lives, and desires. This also adds great dimension to the sons because they are not flat characters mindlessly going around saying "Yes, father." Seeing Robin's love and frustration with his sons adds a nice layer of conflict and depth.
The humor in this story is perfect! I also think it’s really interesting that there is the suspicion of someone subtly working magic in the kingdom. I don't blame Robin for his distrust of magic or working magic, considering all that has happened (in the previous books). I think the conflict/sub-conflict of church vs. state is interesting and also logical. Two established forces of power/influence are obviously going to clash from time to time.
I REALLY like Dame Deidre! She reminds me of the female knight, Britomart, from The Faerie Queene. Alexandra is a total badass--need I say more? I think the ending gave great closure with just the hint of possibly more adventures to come. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the different twists and turns it took. I HATE cookie cutter medieval fantasy, so the Bewilliam series refreshingly takes great characters, intriguing plot, and what I love about fantasy, and crafts an entertaining and thoughtful story.