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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  8,856 Ratings  ·  660 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
Paperback, 650 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Gollancz (first published September 1st 2012)
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Josh References to Jesus confused me at first as well. The novel does not take place in our world, but in an alternate (fantasy) universe that draws many…moreReferences to Jesus confused me at first as well. The novel does not take place in our world, but in an alternate (fantasy) universe that draws many influences from world. In this world Jesus and the disciples were historical figures. I believe the author included this element because he is trying to accurately portray medieval chivalry in a fantasy world. Although it is confusing for the first 100 pages or so, IMO the author does a fantastic job at world building and has created an immensely imaginative world that is both fantastical and grounded in historical realism unlike any other fantasy series out there.(less)
Canaan Merchant For reading? This is definitely not a book for kids. The violence is visceral and its very obvious what bored boys and girls will get up to when the…moreFor reading? This is definitely not a book for kids. The violence is visceral and its very obvious what bored boys and girls will get up to when the opportunity arises. (less)

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Feb 28, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars but I bumped it up to 5 as this was quite the masterpiece! It's like The Lord of the Rings meets Arthurian literature and it was fantastic! Epic battles, lots of interconnected plots and characters, realistic magic....well you get that idea
Biggest complaints would probably be the writing: at times it felt a bit convoluted and confusing, but eventually you get used to it and it gets easier to read. Also this boom features a LARGE cast of characters that can be a bit challenging to keep
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
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
May 05, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
I'm giving this book a 4.5*s and I really really enjoyed it which is great as I've heard very little about it and wasn't sure what I would think of it. I don't know why this book is not more popular, because it's a brilliantly executed and well-written story with some very wonderful characters and great moments within its pages!

This book focuses mostly on the epic large scale battle of the Humans vs The Wild. The world where these people live is mostly dominated by strange and scary creatures wh

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
Apr 04, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ivan by: Daniel
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Bit late review but I needed time to sort out my impressions.

Me and this book had some ups and downs, and early on I even thought of DNF-ing it but in the end I am giving it 5 stars.My biggest problem was that book keeps jumping form PoV to PoV in very short chapters and I often feel it unnecessarily slows down pace and needlessly prolongs the book.I never really gotten used to it but as soon as I found it tolerable I could focus on good parts and there is lot of good stuff.

While it is actually
Aug 28, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2016 Pavle rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastika
Solidan početak, iako možda malo previše bombastičan. Mislio sam da nikada neću ovo reći, ali- previše akcije.

Kameronov stil je pitak, kompetentan, ponekad mrvicu mahnit. Gradi svoj hibridni svet bez imalo ekspozicije, a to zaslužuje dubok naklon. Prosto prija kada pisac ne misli da si tupav i da nećeš ništa da ukapiraš osim ako ti ne lupi jedno dvadeset stranica info dump-ova. Bitke se vode izmedju sila divlje prirode (nadam se da neće da bude neki GRRM ekološki fazon, n-te metafore na globaln
Nov 19, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it
I was so close to giving this 5 stars, because by the end, I definitely couldn't put this book down. Looking back at it overall, there are just a few things keeping it from being perfect, but I'm adding it to my favorites shelf anyway.

This book is a bit hard to get through in the beginning but the struggle is worth it. Cameron is big into historical enactments and it shows. At first it seems like a good thing, but after about the second time the buckles on armor are explained or the different we
Sep 11, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
J.P. Ashman
May 28, 2016 J.P. Ashman rated it it was amazing
Wow! A friend recommended this to me and oh how well he knows me.

The Red Knight is a must for fans of fantasy and medieval history both. Cameron's knowledge of armour and weapons and knightly accord comes from his historical fiction work as Christian Cameron and it shows. I truly felt like I had stepped back into medieval Europe, but a past of ours that included all the mythical creatures and beings from all those heraldic devices. Wyverns and hulking trolls, demons and wyrms.

The battles are gri
Oct 25, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
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
Kitvaria Sarene
Not really easy to judge this one...

What I liked:
- Interesting plot
- Really good characters and character development
- Attention to detail in fights/armour/weapons

What I didn't like:
-Quite some typos/missing words in the middle of the book
- The end was too slow/long after the big showdown and most of the book being action packed
- Use of Christianity just didn't fit into the world and threw me out of the story
- POVs change a bit often for me - I'd have preferred longer chapters, some are only 1-2
Sad Sunday
This is embarrassing, and I am turning into a picky prick, but I haven't finished this one too. Don't worry, it's not the book - it's me (10 Karma points for honesty, -52481 points for not being able to finish a book for a long time).


To tell the truth, I am cursed. The moment I announce the world of Goodreads that I am enjoying the book (fingers crossed - I promise to never do it again), it turns into crap. It happened with "The Red Knight" - the beginning hooked me, but everything else is "meh
Paul Nelson
Nov 11, 2012 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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
John Gwynne
Mar 05, 2013 John Gwynne rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book so much. Loved the blend of historical with fantasy, the realism of medieval life combined with absorbing characters and a driving plot.
I didn't want it to end, and can't wait for book 2.
May 05, 2016 Freakout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, fantasy
Feb 22, 2015 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
Really strong first book in a series!
I don't usually bother continuing series unless I'm blown away right from the beginning (the common "give it a book or two, it gets a lot better" refrain annoys me), but in the case of "The Traitor Son", just tell me where to sign because I'm on board!

The Red Knight, simply referred throughout the book as the "Captain", might be one of the best main protagonists I've seen in Fantasy lately. There's a lot of mystery around him and only little is revealed in
Oct 08, 2016 Milan rated it really liked it
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May 15, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da li volite vitezove? Hrabre ljude koji se bore nemogucim situacijama? Fino opisane scene borbe? Plus ako dodam da ima i magije i mitskih stvorenja a opet je sve nekako grim dark posto svako moze da umre pa makar bio neki lik u koga je ulozeno dosta truda da se razvije.

U sustini ako vas nesto od toga interesuje samo se bacite na knjigu, necete pogresiti.

Minus bi bio sam da imam osecaj da je knjiga malo preopsirna i da joj ne bi smetalo da se smanji za jedno 100 do 200 strana. Al nista strasno.
Historical fantasy brilliantly set in an alternate medieval Europe!

I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts together. There were so many POV’s, lots of battle action, a few surprises, even more secrets, a complex magic system, a religious system based in Christianity, a slew of creatures looking to eat, kill and destroy, and Powers manipulating events. Not to mention, there’s another side to the Wild that’s only been briefly touched upon. I’m not even sure where to begin, so this could be a l
Recommendation: If you are looking for an epic fantasy book with a lot of fighting, more technical medieval fighting techniques with realistic equipment, and epic battles, then The Red Knight is for you. I would recommend a buy if you are into books from Steven Erikson, Glen Cook, and R. Scott Bakker, with a high TBR priority. If misogyny in fantasy bothers you, maybe skip this one.

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is an epic fantasy novel that is the first in a series called The Traitor Son Cycle
Tom Lloyd
May 02, 2014 Tom Lloyd rated it liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
The Red Knight seems to follow the trend of "ancient past in the far future" type of fantasy, that has recently resurfaced thanks to the writing of Mark Lawrence and some other authors. It must be said that Miles Cameron manages to imply that much more subtly and without SF elements, at least so far, so his novel can not be considered to be science fantasy. He also manages to escape aping George Martin, at the same time achieving grimness and that gritty atmosphere to which many established auth ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing
When I found out this series had 5 books not 3 I was overjoyed. That's how much I enjoyed the first one.

I'm not gonna say this book has the best action scenes i've ever read (hell, it probably does) but it definitely has the most action in a single book that i've ever read. I personally like the writing structure, being a Malazan fan i'm used to it. The story is Epic. Everything about the siege is Epic. The magic system is very unique.

The Red Knight-what a character. This book is filled with so
Vicky (the Blowtorch-Wielding OotCDCB™)
Is it wrong that I want to buy this book I've never heard about before just because of the pretty dragon cover?

*adds to Book Depository wishlist*

Jun 11, 2015 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, gritty-reads
I read a lot and much of my reading material, if it is not some literary classic, is fantasy or sci-fi. As such, I make it my goal to sample some of the new 'must read' fantasy works released each year. This novel was one such work, but like its similar, more popular, counterpart A Game of Thrones, I simply found it mediocre for my taste in fantasy.

Let me explain my biggest issue with this, an issue I also had with Game of Thrones. The story is long, unwieldy and meanders too much for my taste.
Dec 05, 2013 Joel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Ranting Dragon
Mar 02, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
Shelves: ashik

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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Other Books in the Series

The Traitor Son Cycle (5 books)
  • The Fell Sword (The Traitor Son Cycle, #2)
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