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The Red Knight

(The Traitor Son Cycle #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  15,040 ratings  ·  1,092 reviews
Forget George and the Dragon. Forget Sir Lancelot and tales of Knightly exploits. This is dirty, bloody work. This is violent, visceral action. This is a mercenary knight as you've never seen one before.

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 sn
Paperback, 784 pages
Published August 8th 2013 by Gollancz (first published September 1st 2012)
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Brian Colton This is what I know having finished the series- no spoilers but overall theme related: The author works very hard and succeeds, in my opinion, in show…moreThis is what I know having finished the series- no spoilers but overall theme related: The author works very hard and succeeds, in my opinion, in showing the intermix of Medieval religious faith, chivalry and fantasy magic into something believable. However, it is only to a certain degree, which maybe where it gets a little confusing. This is how he connects to our world. The faith of people in the middle ages is not unlike the faith of people I see today. Many of the things that cannot be explained are explained via God and His Plan for us in the series and in life. The Paladin Knights (St Thomas Order) in this series, to me, are my favorite warriors. There is something about obedience and self sacrifice, humility, etc., of those that are faith bound, that is admirable. The world built here is grounded in fantasy and historic realism but additionally, the author captures the religious faith of the Middle Ages and to a degree our religious experience today very well. We have to look beyond the surface, though, for those connections.(less)
Brian Colton So, I learn and absorb information through spatial awareness or geography if you will. Complex story lines that interweave with well developed charact…moreSo, I learn and absorb information through spatial awareness or geography if you will. Complex story lines that interweave with well developed characters is something we are also seeing more and more in media (game of thrones ex.) and Miles Cameron does very good work in this regard. However, since we are more visual creatures today than ever before and my own personal best way of learning is based on plot placement, I found the map online and referred to it regularly: The author in each subheading tells the reader where he has moved on the map and the character involved mostly in that particular section. It is really quite brilliant because the author never skips a beat, it is us who need to catch up. Miles Cameron is a brilliant strategist in regards to medieval warfare and he keeps his eye as an author on all these seemingly unrelated characters all at once in the same way a general commands his forces on the field of battle. Once I understood this is his way, it was so new and refreshing, I delved deep into the reading. I am now a huge, slobbering fan reading all his books and reading them several times - lots of things to miss along the way. I must say that MAG is one of my favorite characters. She appears to be a simple seamstress beyond her years, but boy does she surprise with her POWER!!! That is the life connection she brings- I have never underestimated the strong older and wiser women in my life and I am a better man because of it. (less)

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Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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2.5/5 stars

Great siege battles and incredibly detailed on how weaponry and armor works, but not gonna lie, I have mixed feelings about The Red Knight.

The Red Knight is the first book in The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron. This is one of those series that’s so often recommended to me by many fantasy readers, but I have always found the works of Miles Cameron, a pseudonym for Christian Cameron, to be quite i
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  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out my review for this fantastic book on Grimdark Magazine at: Grimdark Magazine

“Listen up, then. Evil is a choice. It is a choice. Doing the wicked thing is the easy way out, and it is habit forming. I’ve done it.”

The Red Knight is the first fantasy book I have read (listened to) by author Miles Cameron. I have read his entire Chivalry series (one of my favourite series), which is some of his historical work under the name Christian Cameron. There are similarities between Chivalry 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
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
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.

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
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.
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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

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
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
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
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 "me
Twerking To Beethoven
"The Red Knight" is Christian Cameron's fantasy debut under the pen-name of "Miles Cameron" (who's also the author of a bunch of thrillers as Gordon Kent) and it's MAGNIFICENT.

I'm really not into long-ass reviews, let me just say that there are knights, wyverns, dragons, warlocks, sorcerers, nuns, weird creatures (daemons, irks & boglins) and... bears. And it's basically the story of a siege.

Structurally, TRK reminds of George Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire", only "The Traitor Son Cycle" has
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
Oct 21, 2013 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
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
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
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4 Stars

Excellent first book, I’ll definitely be continuing the series.

The Red Knight is the young and mysterious captain of a mercenary company hired to protect an abbey from the Wild and the dangerous creatures that have been venturing forth to terrorize the abbey and its occupants. As is usually the case, what starts out as a simple job soon becomes anything but as the conflict with the Wild steadily builds.

First off, the setting for this book is medieval. I know most fantasy books have medi
Dec 23, 2014 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
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.

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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.

Other books in the series

The Traitor Son Cycle (5 books)
  • The Fell Sword (The Traitor Son Cycle, #2)
  • The Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle, #3)
  • A Plague of Swords (The Traitor Son Cycle, #4)
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