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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,303 Ratings  ·  558 Reviews
A violent, fast-paced and compelling debut fantasy novel, in a world where heroes and monsters are not quite as they seem...

This is a world dominated by The Wild.

Man lives in pockets of civilisation claimed from The Wild. Within men's walls life is civilised, the peace punctuated by tournaments, politicking, courtly love and canny business. Beyond those walls men are prey
Hardcover, 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)
Sud666 This is certianly a book that gets better with time and I am begining to realize just how epic the scope of the entire story is (multiple massive…moreThis is certianly a book that gets better with time and I am begining to realize just how epic the scope of the entire story is (multiple massive volumes). Also the author tackles some difficult concepts- in the use of "Archaic", the technical details about fighting and weapons and armor. I enjoyed it- but it might help to include a map and a dramatis personae so people can keep track of who is who(less)
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Feb 28, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Oct 25, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]

I read this one with a ton of other BookTubers as a buddy read, and I really enjoyed it. It follows a big cast of characters which all have to deal with a central problem that arises when the Wild decides to fight back against man. It was not pretty. One thing I really loved was that if follows characters from both sides of the story, so you have people on both sides of the conflict that you're rooting to win which obviously can't happen. Our main character, the Red Knight, is the lea
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
Paul Nelson
Nov 11, 2012 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
May 05, 2016 Freakout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, fantasy
Feb 02, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
John Gwynne
Mar 05, 2013 John Gwynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Dec 05, 2013 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 27, 2014 Kaisersoze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The debut fantasy novel from a historical fiction author, The Red Knight is equal parts frustrating and promising.

Frustrating because it is incredibly long and feels as if a good proportion of the story told from the perspective of the minor characters could have been left out and not harmed the story one bit. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that a good 20% of this manuscript could have been exorcised and the end book would only have been better for it. Instead, the reader has to slog through
Karolina Kat
From Acknowledgements: "This book is the culmination of thirty years of study, chivalric martial arts, real life, and role-playing."

The Red Knight had a very promising start with its secretive main protagonist, who does not want to reveal his origins and who leads a large company in the quasi-medieval setting, with a gruesome murder and mstery to solve, with quite extraordinary rules of magic and monsters. I was eager to dive into this world so skillfully crafted (as was also promised by the fir
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Ranting Dragon
Mar 02, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 16, 2015 Anirudh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is a mixture of fantasy and historical fiction. Set in the medieval times, it is the story of Red Knight, a Mercenary Captain and his role in the war with the Wild.

Thought it started as an entertaining read, the book soon became tedious because of the multiple PoV. The narration at times was also felt too long.

Characters were interesting to some extent but no particular character was likable enough to root for. Because of the style of narration and the slow pace
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
GRRRR accidental one-click! I guess I'll try this now that I own it...
Nicholas Kotar
Sep 25, 2015 Nicholas Kotar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chivalry is oddly in vogue these days. The ideals of the Code of Chivalry are, sadly, not. The grim, dark nonsense of much high fantasy these days seems to take pleasure in eviscerating any lingering notions we might have that the ideals of honor, etc. were anything but cynical lies. Martin loves to do this. Anthony Ryan did this so much that his books went from four star material to less than one star. Even Guy Gavriel Kay can't help but be a little cynical in his tale of troubadour love, A Son ...more
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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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