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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  3,501 ratings  ·  322 reviews
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 mercen...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Gollancz (first published September 1st 2012)
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The Red Knight has got to be one of the most insane, intense, brutal books I read last year. And this is a year that included reads like King of Thorns, Blood Song and all 6 First Law books, so you can imagine what we’re talking about for it to make an impression among that crowd.

It all begins when the Red Knight accepts a commission for the services of his mercenary band. On the outskirts of Lissen Carak, a wyvern has killed a nun. The Red Knight’s job? Put it down before the death toll climbs...more
Experiment BL626
The Red Knight (TRK) was a mixed bag surprises.

Great writing

I love the succinct writing. I love the subheading of the character’s name and their location every time the plot shifts in POV. TRK is a big Fantasy book, and I expected to be lost in a wall of text at some point, but I never really was.

Too many POVs

What I did not love was the boatload of irrelevant POVs. It took me a couple long chapters to realize the book was plot-driven given the focus on the large cast and how an unexpectedly smal...more

i read 100+ pages out of probably the most expected remaining book of 2012 for me, The Red Knight by Miles Cameron and it is very good though it is not quite what i expected so far; the setting is truly medieval with small cities at least so far in the Nord/West - the world may be something like Earth ~1000 so the east may be much more developed; the Wild is out there and it has its denizens, its sentients, its allies and its manipulators but there is also the Church and God's magic as w...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Here we have the beginning of what seems to be another fine, readable, highly enjoyable epic fantasy. The story draws us in and if it has a weakness (and what book doesn't?) it may be that the story (again) strings out into several viewpoints. Of these most of us will probably become more interested in one "storyline" than we are the others (I know I did). Still when it boils down to "a" climax (actually there might be said to be "multiple climaxes") the author weaves all his threads together an...more
One of the best books I have read this year, 4.5 stars not quite perfect a little raw.

shows that we can expect more finely written fantasy from this author.

brilliantly written combat scenes nicely combined with a decently well thought out magical system which merges well with the battles.

Nice use of female characters who are key to the plotlines in the storyline.

If you dont like multiple view points then its not for you, but I found them well written and and well thought out.
This is pretty much the best thing you could expect from a historical fiction writer turning to the dark side and writing fantasy; the alien, otherworldly nature of fantasy with the detail-heavy and character-based plot of many historical novels. I haven't read any of Mr. Cameron or Mr. Cameron's books before this one and I was super impressed, and I can happily say I look forward to reading more of his stuff in both genres. If a gritty vision of a fantastical alternate medieval Europe with a st...more
So I was walking through the library looking for a fix and my eyes fell on this book. I didn't recognize it so I picked it up and glanced at the back. The premise seemed really interesting, and I thought, “hmm, Then, I was dropping my son off at school and someone had it sitting on their front seat. I thought again, “hmm,” I'm going to read that when I get a chance." When I saw it at Barnes and Noble over the weekend I stopped in my tracks and waited for Ashton Kutcher to appear. When, that didn...more
Paul Nelson
A 4.5 stars rating.

From the three major fantasy debuts I have read this year Anthony Ryan's Blood Song was my favourite closely followed by David Hair's Mage's Blood and the Red Knight is also an excellent read but just a shade below the high standards set by the two earlier releases.

The Red Knight is more of an alternative historical fantasy with a strong religious background, the fantasy elements come from an intriguing magical system based on the power of the wild and the ability to access r...more
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 prepare...more
Tom Lloyd
Well I had a pretty complex reaction to this book I must admit, and I was undecided as to whether to give it three stars or four. I'm thinking it's a 3.5 probably, but given the choice for the rating I've amended it from four to three because, upon reflection I feel a significant sense of fatigue at the idea of reading the second and I'm now doubting it'll ever get ahead of others in my to-buy list.

So I enjoyed it, absolutely, but at the same time it took me weeks to read because it has issues...more
OK. The Red Knight is a book that holds its Epic Fantasy credentials high. Though generally its plot is at first glance nothing really new, there’s a lot in it to like, for it has hidden depths. And it does what it purports to very well.

In terms of similarity, well, the plot is rather generic, it must be said. We have Knights, Kings, Queens, mages and monsters. If you read Epic Fantasy, all the usual tropes are there, and at this point I can see that some might want to walk away, put the book do...more
I enjoyed all the characters in The Red Knight save one ... the Queen. Male characters I tend to take as a necessarily evil when reading fantasy of this type. The Red Knight made it bearable and Bad Tom made it fun. But female characters I hold to a much higher standard. Nearly all of them were or became exceptional ... Sauce, Mag, the Abbess, Amicia.

The rapid point-of-view changes may be off-putting to some readers. I struggled with until I became familiar with the characters and places. Chapt...more
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Second reading, April 2014

The rating remains the same. Fascinating worldbuilding from small, small conflict to the greater picture. Well-developed characters. Among the best fighting scenes in fantasy.

Too bad that the publisher allowed so many spelling and grammatical errors. I am not a careful reader nor an editor and English is my second language, so I am not often bothered by this, but here I was. The great storytelling was marred by shoddy editing in the second part of the novel. Still, the...more
Joel Pearson
Writing: 4.5
Story/Plot: 4.5
Depth/Detail: 4.5
Enjoyment: 5

The Red Knight was one of the more hyped books of 2012, and I'd had it on the "to read" for a while, though put it off a bit due to it's large size. Now that I've finally gotten through it, I'm extremely glad I did and extremely eager to read it's sequel when it comes out this month.

The Red Knight is really broken into a few parts in my opinion:

(1) The first 30% or so is a large infodump and build-up area. It fills you in on a lot, some abo...more
Sometimes I watch movies or read stories and feel like they were created just for the 12 year old version of me that still lives in my head. The A-Team movie would be a good example. The Red Knight by "Miles Cameron" is not one of those stories. It is instead a story written for the 36 year old that 12 year old grew up to become. Cameron is a former soldier, historian, martial artist, and medieval reenactor who is able to describe with some authority what it feels like to fight in armor. He brin...more
The eponymous hero of The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is the leader of a mercenary army that’s just returning to Alba after fighting a campaign abroad. His identity and even his real name are a mystery to most: there are hints throughout the novel, and eventually you’ll have a good idea of who he is, but for the most part he simply goes by “Red Knight” or “Captain” and deflects any questions about his origins.

He and his company are now on their way to Lissen Carak, the site of an ancient and hea...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
GRRRR accidental one-click! I guess I'll try this now that I own it...
“Do well. Act with courtesy and dignity … because it is the only way to live. And that is as true for my kind as for yours.”

Wow. The best fully realized high Medieval tale since Tolkien. Chivalry, courtly love, feudal politics, the art and logistics of Medieval warfare. So detailed it borders on fussy. But wait, there’s more. Complex, deeply realized adversarial culture, too. (the Wild) Ooo. All seen from the “inside.” Divisions, doubt, love, sacrifice—it’s got them all. (The only things missing...more
This is going to be a difficult book to review, because there were times I loved it, times I hated it, times I was absolutely engaged in the story and times when I was bored senseless. An ambitious début, The Red Knight uses the well-used tropes of medieval epic fantasy to tell the story of a company of mercenaries who end up fighting in a war against daemons.

My initial reaction to the book was on one of admiration - the writing style was unique and the premise was interesting. A hundred pages l...more
I gave this book 5 stars not because its a perfect book but because I started reading it yesterday and didn't stop until I was finished it.

Let me start with my perceived negatives:

(1) I am not a huge fan of authors jumping from POV to POV. I know that the Game of Thrones has made that a popular format but it has never worked from me. Having said that, while Cameron does that, it isn't quite as annoying as it has been in other works I've read - even if the point of some of the POV characters is b...more
What it really boils down to is the fact that Cameron seemed to struggle a bit blending all of the elements together into one cohesive book that is more than just the sum of its pieces. Somehow, when the book was put together, some elements feel like they get far more attention than others. While The Red Knight is incredibly plot driven, the characters could have used a little more love. Though the world is fascinating and the culture is interesting, some of the plot points and action sequences...more
Emil Söderman
This was fun.

Okay, for starters, it's partially an arthurian retelling but with changed names. (and possibly things will turn out differently in some respects) I'm game for that. Especially as the book seems to at least nod a bit to the tradition of chivalric romances, rather than going all early-medieval "realistic". (which, honestly, is kind of boring. Iron-age warriors beating each other up isn't half as fun as dinner parties being interrupted by strangely colored animals and random duels ove...more
Craig Slater
Twenty-eight Florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the wild.

But when the wild is not a sulking, beaten, sullen, nameless shadow, but is a vibrant, violent mass of creatures torn from myth and nightmare and wrought into angry life and it is countless in n umber and infinite in variation and they want the land that your ancestors stole from them when they settled the wild?

Twenty-eight Florins a month is nowhere near enough when Wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your...more
Bane of Kings
“A great debut, a new voice to high fantasy has arrived.” ~The Founding Fields

The Red Knight has been on my to-read list ever since I first saw it on Orbit’s Coming Soon page. Sure, I know – it’s epic fantasy, a genre that can either be really good or really bad depending on what books you read, and with a debut it’s often riskier than others. However, it wasn’t long before I found engrossed in the world of The Red Knight, and as a result, will be eagerly looking forward to anything else that M...more
Robin Carter

The Red Knight is the book i personally have been waiting for, for at least five years, and have been discussing with others for over 20 years. It is a true blending of Historical Fiction and Fantasy Fiction, not many authors have been able to manage it over the years.

That’s not to say that Fantasy authors cant write a damn good fight scene when they want, they can make it action packed and bloody, Good fantasy like good Historical Fiction can be fun, action packed drama filled and full o...more
I liked this book, and I certainly want to continue with the series. The only problem I have is the contrast between naturalistic and breath-taking picture of the life of medieval chivalry, and somewhat less colorfully described realm of demons etc. I am also somewhat skeptical about the realism of some of the battles, where I am not sure how much would the whole medieval battleplan be possible against the hordes of demons, goblins, etc.
Recommended to all fans of epic fantasy! Its a chunky book but well worth your time and the story doesnt really lag or get bogged down as is the curse with many epic fantasy tomes

Whilst the second installment is out shortly I wont be reading it immediately as I want to fullt appreciate all this book had to offer

Fantastic debut Mr Cameron!
I think the single greatest compliment I can give this book is that, at over 760 pages, it didn't feel long to me.

The story is primarily military fantasy, which I wouldn't have thought was my cup of tea, but seems I was wrong. We get lots of info on sieges and armour and war horses, which possibly sounds deadly dull but it really wasn't. The plot ticks over nicely and the story never drags. It turned into one of those 'just a few more pages' kind of books.

The book has quite an unusual structure...more
Ranting Dragon

The plot synopsis claims that leading a mercenary company takes “all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it,” and that “the Red Knight has all three.” So, too, does The Red Knight have three elements of a good fantasy novel. It has an interesting plot, engaging characters, and fantastical aspects that are plot-relevant. But somehow, Miles Cameron’s debut novel falls short for me.

A promising but ultimately disappointing debut
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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.
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