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The Red Knight

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A thousand years have passed since the Clan Lords and the Fey commanded dragons and raised mighty citadels. The remnants of their ancient power lie dormant and a new conflict threatens the kingdom of Antia…

King Daris rules a peaceful and prosperous land, but his conniving brother Jerim covets the throne and civil war looms.

But there are worse threats to Antia than mere hum
Kindle Edition, 458 pages
Published July 29th 2012 by Anachron Press, Smashwords (first published July 26th 2012)
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Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
A fantasy series written by woman with a main character which is also a woman.


And shouldn't it have a sequel already?

It's a high fantasy book I can call "understandable". The plot flows, you don't have to try very hard to feel involved or break your neck trying to understand the schemes and intrigues. A page-turner sort of book. It might feel familiar (knighthood, magic, war, battle themes) and some ideas might seem like you heard them before but it still managed to surprise me a couple of time
This is a book that came out of nowhere - basically I got interested as it has the same title with the huge Miles Cameron debut as it was pointed to me here on Goodreads - so I checked the sample and it was compelling, so much so that I had to read the novel next.

In describing this book, I would say that the narrative pull is extremely high, the main characters impressive in so far they are larger than life heroic and competent but brought down (though of course not for long) by schemers, meddle
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
4 Stars

This is a tough book for me to review as overall, I had a difficult keeping my interest and focus on the story. This book is very reminiscent of a George RR Martin novel in that it is a book that contains a large cast that is entwined in political strife. The book plays out like a big drama where dialogue moves the story forward more than action or place.

This book does a couple of things extremely well. First, for a premier novel by KT Davies, this book does not suffer from Freshman blue
Ole Imsen
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This is one of those Epic Fantasy novels that show how far Epic Fantasy has come since the birth of its modern incarnation in 1977*. There is of course elements that you will recognise from the Fantasy novels of the 1980s, it wouldn't really be Epic Fantasy if there weren't, but this is a novel that shows how Epic Fantasy has "grown up" in the last 36 years.

I was quickly dragged into the story by Davies's writing, and after the first chapter I was already invested in the story, and the charact
Victoria Hooper
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic, magic

Firstly, this book should be mandatory reading for people who want to write gritty fantasy set in pseudo-Middle-Ages settings. Why? Because it manages to avoid every annoying cliché associated with this kind of story, while still having an exciting plot and a perfectly realistic world. Secondly, this book will serve as satisfying ammo against all those people who believe a fantasy story with a historically-influenced society can’t have interesting female characters. No need for those annoying ci
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year I read the anthology Day of Demons, published by Anachron Press, and one of the highlights was The Deal by K T Davies. It was a fun fantasy tale and it left me keen to read more of the author’s work. The good news is that recently I got the chance.

When I read fantasy I expect more than my fair share of battles, magic, and if there is a bit of betrayal and the occasional traitor as well, that’s all good. The Red Knight offers that and more. We get all the fantasy standards, but
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book as an accident as I was looking for another book by the same title.
Lucky for me, this book was pretty awesome. lots of war porn with hints of magic. I can't wait to read the next book
Jason Wigle
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I think is best for people who are craving, or love, a specific experience. In this case, a detailed blow by blow of a medieval military vs a fairy/demon military.

There are multiple sorties, caravan raids, charging knights, and last stands. Worn down knights in armor face off against hordes of critters that fall under their swords. Siege engines, feinting maneuvers, and on and on.

All in all, it wasn't horrible, but it did get a little 'samey'. When I hit the thi
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Enjoyable book
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Red Knight has a rather large cast, but two or three principal characters (and maybe just the one, depending on how you count it.) Captain Alydia Stenna is in charge of the First Company of Antian Royal Guards; Garian is an unofficial spy in the service of Lord Hyram, Darius (king of Antia)' unofficial spymaster. Alydia and the First were part of a recent victory against a neighboring country, but they were forced to play that role when Darius' brother Jerim never came to the field with his ...more
Steven Poore
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of veering between three and four stars here, depending on which way the wind's blowing, so don't be surprised if the star count changes from one day to the next. Anybody who has read KT Davies's barnstorming Breed or who has seen me raving about it (BUY IT NOW!) might be wondering what the heck is going on with the relatively low score - read on, but let's set the scene first...

The Red Knight is Captain Alyda Stenna, commander of the Hammer, an elite company of knights in the service o
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was overlong, and a bit muddled. It's obviously the start of a series, but I can't say I want to read more. I was left feeling as though nothing much had happened.

What I enjoyed: the dialogue was great, full of humour. It wasn't badly written, either. KT Davies knows how to craft a good turn of phrase. And women have a prominent place in the narrative as people who drive the story. This is a welcome change. In the last couple of epic-fantasy novels I remember reading, the only women ch
Carlos Llamacho
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
K.T. Davies' debut is gritty, funny and very readable. It kept me gripped to the very end.

The story starts at the "low fantasy" end of the spectrum, seeming to be a quasi-historical fantasy with a military slant, focused mainly on the threat of war in one kingdom and the efforts of the knights - and the spies - who must protect it. More fantastic elements are gradually introduced, notably the shape-shifters. There is even a dragon - or should that be "dragon"?

The main characters are Alyda Stenna
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is probably most enjoyed for the main fact that IT'S A FANTASY THAT DOESN'T HATE WOMEN!!! No reinforced gender roles, no shaming, but a plethora of strong-willed women that drive the plot. For this reason, I've been willing to forgive the book some of its flaws.

Primarily, the book is a bit basic in the world-building. This is compensated by the amazing cast of characters that you really get to love throughout the story. However, the lack of detail and description to flush out the plot
Jared Tan
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Epic fantasy which is classic medieval, magic but with a little romance element.
Many characters and elements in the book could be explored in the sequel, if there is.

I read the book not knowing that it was written by a female author, but some parts of the book, it gave a good hint.

Funny that I got the wrong ebook, which initially I wanted to read the one by Miles Cameron.
A good surprise though.

(view spoiler)
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

I'm late in adding my thoughts about this book. While this book had a nice role-reversal with certain roles. The best part about it was the characterization. The world-building is the one factor that I would say the author can improve upon as many things are alluded to but never wholly explained.

All in all a charming fantasy debut that you must give a try if you are currently bored with most fantasy nowadays.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Generally well-written, although I didn't enjoy or understand the ending. Perhaps I wasn't paying attention earlier on in the book. It definitely felt as though it needs a sequel.

I also feel that the plot lines weren't really dealt with correctly. Some characters are only dealt with in a most cursory fashion, and sometimes more background information should be furnished.

It's definitely worth a try, but I was ultimately disappointed.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I bought this not expecting much and I really enjoyed it. If you like the likes of Robin Hobb or David Gemmel and looking for something new and fresh you should give this a chance.

Strong points: Characterization, plot,fight scenes, romance.

Decent points: Writing style, magic system.

Weak points: Worldbuilding.

All in all, and for being a debut title, I'd give it 4,5 stars.

I'm eagerly awaiting the second installment!
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely captivated me, and now I'm finished it I'm bereft.

It shouldn't be "a thing", but absolutely is - the gender representation was brilliant, wonderful and made me ecstatically happy. More of this kind of thing!

Characters were well-rounded, flawed, aspirational (I think "Be More Alyda" is my new motto in life...), the story was good, the world well-fleshed-out, and I want more!
Critics Cabal
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Red Knight is a story of betrayal, courtly intrigue and brutally realistic medieval violence, with an undercurrent of soap operatic melodrama running through the love lives of the various point of view characters...

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Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Had I not just read another amazing fantasy series debut, I would have given this five stars. It serves up the usual in such an entertaining and new way that I'm going to have a hard time waiting for the sequel to come out.
One more thing: it's got such strong male characters!
Darren Johnson
This the book that got me back into reading fantasy. There are some very interesting twists in the book that surprised me in their conclusion as I thought it was one thing then the truth was revealed.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A romp.
R.B. Harkess
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
See my blog post dated 16 Jan
Neil O'Sullivan
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read - Nicely tough edged. Can't believe it's her first novel. Very confident. Well characterized. Nice unflinching ending.
Simon Holland
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Best fantasy I've read this year, totally unexpected as I had no expectations.

Go read it...
Jo Thomas
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A Short Review of The Red Knight An epic fantasy that's dark without losing life's humorous moments or becoming unbearably grim. However, the last few chapters did have me crying.
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