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The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle #1)

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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 mercen
Paperback, 672 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Orbit (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)
Chris Yes. Although if you want to see fire rain from the sky and titanic battles on land and sea, you have to read the whole series.

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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
Lightning did strike twice. What a ride.

What. A. RIDE! *internally screaming*



After the exciting and glorious journey with The Thousand Names, here’s to hoping lightning strikes twice in a week.🥂🤞

I don’t know about you but a book with a Knight holding a spear, duelling with a flying dragon on the cover is already off to a good start.👌

My brain demands I stop dragging my feet and get on with it.

... I shall obey.

Jan 24, 2016 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
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review now posted!

The Red Knight is the first book in Miles Cameron's The Traitor Son Cycle. If you have been searching for a medieval fantasy read, look no further than this series. Mr. Cameron has the knowledge and background that most other authors can't bring to the table when writing this type of fantasy novel. He has a BA in Medieval History from the University of Rochester, is a dedicated reenactor of historical battles, and participates in medieval tournaments as a knight. So, it's
edge of bubble
My rating for Red Knight fluctuated throughout the book, but even if it had ended up as 3 stars, it would still go into my favourites shelf.

I've used author's own picture, because this deserves a nod and why the hell not..

Story starts a bit confusing and the numerous PoV characters doesn't help with it at all. I was enjoying myself from the 20th page, despite the hard push into this foreign world. And I've come to love the rapid PoV changes with a wide spectrum of characters, from knights and qu
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivan by: Daniel
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Edit: Winter cleaning isn't over yet. I'm reducing rating from 5 to 4 stars. It's sequel remains 5 stars.

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 4 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 the
3,5 🌟

A BR with my wonderful comrade at arm and a great kick-ass lady, Nils 💜

'I will be what I will, not what anyone else wills, as can you. Be what you choose'.

I saw The Traitor Son Cycle series in updates/reviews quite a lot when my GR friends read it and I was the one who was determined to wait. I should have known better 😆 So when as usually stalking my GR friend Jody, I saw him reading this series and read his awesome review, I felt the right kick to start this series at last.

At quick fir
Experiment BL626
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Stefan Bach
„Is this the real life?
Or is this just epic fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
Altogether with medieval history?
Cover your eyes
Let loose all those vivid images in your mind and see

Mama, just bought me this book
Put it in my hands
I’ve opened pages, and now I’m as good as dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’m stuck with it, thrown my social life away“

Alright, alright, I'll stop butchering Bohemian Rhapsody. :D

So, what exactly is a book The Red Knight?

The 100 Years’ War VS Swamp Thing.


Well, it
J.P. Ashman
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
DNF @ 22%.

I couldn't get into it.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Goodreads has this as a 650 page paperback. I'm sure that is the case, but I'm also sure the font used in printing must be tiny for this to come in at that. Calibre counts this as 286,000 words. In comparison, The Name of the Wind comes in at 257,000 words.

That translates into a 30 hour audiobook which is mostly how I consumed this. (The narrator Matthew Wolf is superb, handling an enormous cast of characters with distinctive voices and suitable accents).

The world is an alternate versio
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-now
3.5 Stars.

Promising start to a fantasy series I've heard a lot of good stuff about. The actions was really well done, especially in how detailed and faithful to historical accuracy it was and the general pacing of the book was strong, especially for 600+ pages. There were also several interesting subplots and mysteries and some cool secondary characters. The frequently shifting POV has been criticized quite a bit however I rather enjoyed it although I see how people could be frustrated by it, e
John Gwynne
Nov 01, 2012 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.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a medieval fantasy world with some influences of K.J. Parker, more visible in the second volume, but the magic system it`s something new, not fully explained, but similar on some levels with the one of Parker`s.

I like it because the story unfolds very good, with each step we have a small piece of the whole history puzzle of the mysterious past of the Red Knight captain.

The battles are very fierce, bloody and numerous, and here I had a little problem. For me this novel was way too long, w
Feb 01, 2015 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
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-on-shelf
Great book. Absolutely incredible cast of characters (attention to details for both the main character’s side and the opposite), interesting story, fight details that are always captivating. I would even say that the book provides for a straight forward introduction of all the elements and what initially appears to be a good vs evil battle, turns out to be significantly more complicated than that.
I am also impressed by the approach and rendering of spirituality and religion in this book (and ag

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
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
I have been answering some questions from my fellow GRs about this book. So I am posting my fullest reply here as a book review.

In summary: 5/5 (well, 4.9/5 if you want to nitpick)

The Red Knight has definitely some faults, but the language, the setting (a clever blend of fantasy and history), the memorable characters, combat sequence and magic system are all top notch. Highly creative, very unusual and deserve the highest recommendation. Despite its faults (e.g. way too many POVs, some with no m
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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2013 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.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I'd probably rate somewhere between 4.5-5, but rounding up for the sheer enjoyment I had of it and how much I am now drawn into the world. I am a bit of a medieval geek at heart and wanted to be the white knight when I was young so my perceptions of reality could possible be skewed a bit with this book. This is a book I Loved and many of you will too, but at the same time some of you may dislike it. Let me give you a checklist to help you out in your choice of reading this book.

Scott  Hitchcock
DNF 25%

This book started off so well. I instantly grew attached to the knight and his mates. I loved the banter between him and the nun. I also liked that the author made me feel empathy towards the bear. Then he started flipping character perspectives back and forth between several different characters that the book lacked continuity and I wasn't attached to any of the storylines and couldn't really see where this was going.

After twice taking a few days off to see if a change of perspective wo
Aug 07, 2012 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
Bentley ★
This is probably one of the most difficult books I've ever had to review on here, mainly because I'm of two minds about the book in general.

The Red Knight is the first of the Traitor Son Cycle series, and tells the story of a mysterious captain of a company of hired sell-swords who suddenly finds himself in the midst of a war against all manner of hideous and powerful creatures when he accepts a contract to protect the fortress convent of Lissen Carak. The Captain is used to accepting minor con
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough one for me to get into. The constant switch between different PoV characters, every 2 pages or so, was very jarring initially and made it difficult to grasp what the story was actually supposed to be. I am glad I persisted though, as from around page 200 or so, The Red Knight really turns into a rollicking read. Cameron, whom I understand has a background in historical fiction, writes battle scenes unlike any other. They are bloody, realistic, exciting, and plentiful. In a novel ...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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