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A Plague of Swords

(The Traitor Son Cycle #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,303 ratings  ·  210 reviews
One enemy has fallen ... a greater one remains ... now it's war The Red Knight withstood the full might of his enemy and won the day. In a victory which will be remembered through the ages, he brought disparate factions together and turned them into allies against a more powerful foe than they had ever seen. Now, he will need his allies more than ever. Because behind one a ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Gollancz
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Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review now posted!

After 4 books I have come to really appreciate this series and what it brings to the fantasy genre. Not anything knew or groundbreaking, but a story with it's own unique design and strength that when it's over, it will always stick with you. It will be a series that all future books in the same genre you will compare to. Most will be found wanting, but a few...a few my dear friends may live up to it's standards. I had been anticipating this series for so long, that when I
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Plague of Swords solidified The Traitor Son Cycle as one of the best epic fantasy series written. It has everything I have come to love in fantasy, and continues on a wonderfully fun trajectory that has built up to the final instalment excellently. A Plague of Swords was the excellent penultimate entry of the Traitor Son Cycle.

“Never ascribe to some conspiracy of evil what can be explained as easily by ignorance and fear.”

Now being the fourth book of the series, I’ll not go into the plot and
Charles Bronson
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five vibrant Red and White stars! Love my Canadian authors!
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable installment in the Traitor Son Cycle - not quite as good as previous books, but setting up what looks to be an epic finale.


J.P. Ashman
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Plague of Swords cements this series into my top five!

More grimness, more darkness, more horrifying evil... and yet more good to combat it! The characters are as real as ever, as is the interaction between them. Wonderful friendships, loves and hates; character progression and world progression with it.

The action is visual and the scale immense. Sea battles and aerial battles compliment the ever-fabulous land battles, skirmishes and tourneys.

Magic beyond belief and monsters to match,
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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A Plague of Swords continues the story of The Red Knight. The Traitor Son Cycle has been a very good series, so far. In this fourth book, following the events of the War against Thorn, we see Gabriel Muriens become Emperor due to being acclaimed thus after winning the war against Thorn and the Wild.
But before that can happen, it seems that there is one last great enemy to destroy- the dragon Ash and his strange alien allies the Odine. I will not spoil any more of the plot, since if you've follow
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Plague of Swords.
This is the fourth instalment in the Red Knight- Traitors son- fantasy series by Miles Cameron, and again a very good read that does credit to the incredibly high standards of writing and talespinning of the series. Book three, the Dread Wyrm, ended with the alliance of the humans and non/ humans against the evil cemented in an epic battle with the fate of the whole world at stake and a hard won victory. No time for slacking down however. It´s plots within plots, and suddenly t
Cor Markhart
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The Traitor Son series is perhaps my favourite fantasy series at the moment and this book is a worthy addition to the series. It seamlessly continues from the last book and pushes the plot(s) forward at a extremely high speed, ignoring a small respite at the beginning. As the rest of the series this book does a beautiful job of breathing life in to the setting and its people and I have rarely seen a more believable portrayal of medieval life.

However the book is not without faults. The sheer scop
Twerking To Beethoven
To me this wasn't as good as the previous installments. Maybe it's the missing characters (the villains, I mean) that turned "APoS" into a mild disappointment. 3.5 stars.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
4.5 stars.

As always this review can also be found on my own blog: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Plague of Swords is the penultimate book in Mile Cameron's complex and utterly engrossing 5 book fantasy series The Traitor Son Cycle to be followed by The Fall Of Dragons hopefully in the not to distant future!

After the conclusion at the end of the previous book (The Dread Wyrm) we are once agai
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 4.5.

Plague of Swords made me appreciate the prior books even more, but I still have zero clue how the magic works.

The highest of stakes, great characters and plotting, but I'm still not a fan of the crazy long chapters with multiple perspectives within each.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4 Stars

The Traitor Son Cycle rolls on with another excellent installment.

Following the climactic defeat of Thorn and the formation of an unexpected alliance between men and the Wild, the Red Knight, or Gabriel Muriens, must now marshal his disparate forces and prepare his new alliance to meet the still potent threat of the dragon Ash. With forces spread across multiple nations and new threats continuing to rise, Gabriel must not only figure out his enemy’s end game, but find some way to stop it
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to get started on the last one
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent entry in the Traitor Son Cycle.

The good: lots of intrigue, an unpredictable plot, and some really interesting foreshadowing of what's to come.

The less good: there wasn't as much of the writing at arms and armor at which Cameron uniquely excels. I'm also confused as all hell as to what the deal was with (view spoiler)

I'm super excited for the next one. The seq
Anthony K
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God damn it... I thought the series was already finished! You got me fucker! You got me good Miles.

Now I wait for book 5.
Dezideriu Szabo
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a ride, what a ride! I can't wait for the Grand Finalle!
Daniel Shellenbarger
Sad to say, I think this is where I'm going to leave this series. This isn't a bad book, but it has problems. The first and most noticeable problem is that it just doesn't have much... initiative. The last book didn't REALLY solve the big looming danger threatening the world, but it dealt with basically every major manifestation of that evil. Particularly, Cameron killed off Thorn and Jean de Vrailly, the personal antagonists of the Red Knight who Cameron put considerable effort into developing ...more
Strong writing like it was in the previous books. The story grows and grows without any limits whatsoever!

This time we haven`t a lot of POVS like the other volumes, maybe there are around of five main characters, and only one from the bad guys.

So for this aspect the book has another structure, like the firsts, where we had multiple povs from the whole camps of interest.

Now from the so called bad alliance we have only in the end some glimpses and I guess we`ll se more in the last book of the seri
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best penultimate books

Continuing the fight against Ash, who has now gotten a new ally, or so they think, Gabriel Muriens and the company, which has now become the most powerful human force on Earth, takes up the war against on three prongs.
The writing is as good as ever, especially the set pieces. The use of magic, the characters and the action all being joy to read this penultimate book of Traitor Son cycle.
I cannot wait for the next book.
Mark Harrison
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Something was missing in this one. The change away from the multiple POV took much from the narrative but there were still brilliant battles, new allies, romance and lots of monsters. Still a brilliant series but not the strongest installment.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Plague of Swords" sort of hits the reset button on the Traitor Son Cycle. That's one reason why this Book 4 is certainly the weakest of the series up to this point.

The climactic battle in the previous volume, basically sorcerer Thorn vs. Red Knight and his cohorts Part II, wasn't the end of the saga, obviously; there are powers behind Thorn and a far more widespread — worlds-spanning, really — plot than had even been hinted at in the early books. But in this regrouping for the final push, t
Trevor Sherman
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am not sure how I feel about The Plague of Swords. One of my favorite things about Cameron is his detail so I shouldn’t complain, but I did get a bit tired of who was sitting next to who at the war meetings. I think the main problem I had with the whole book was everything about it felt slow. Even with my AB player on 1.2 speed I thought it was spoken slow. Neil Dickson narrated this book, The Plague of Swords, as well as book 3 The Dread Wyrm. While I think Matthew Wolf Did a better job on bo ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The book shone when the focus was on the Red Knight.He's as dynamic and devious as in the previous books.He finally gave in to his destiny (and admitted to have been plotting for it for years ) and became the Emperor. But the coronation in Morea was glossed over.More time was devoted to Blanche the Boring and the imperial wedding.However I'll forgive the author since he gave us some spectacular battles in the ocean and the Tournament.Master Smythe was delightful and enigmatic as usual.I wonder h ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was a monster of a book, filled with monsters, with monster plots within plots, and I'm not surprised it too me this long to finish (probably twice my usual reading speed). A lot happened, and you know a whole lot more is going to take place.
Like another reviewer on this page, I agree that the book shines when it is focused on The Red Knight. You feel as if you are one of his knights/captains/people, just a bit short of his brilliance and you wonder what plot is he up to, how does he
Stefano Galluzzi
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, top5-2016
One of the best books I've ever read.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entertainment
And another grand part of the story unfold!

He is amazing, and despite everything he already worked into this series, there is still more surprises and fantastic riches to be had. His characters are most vivid and I began to worship his sense for details. Small things I would never have thought of, like a laundress asking a military officer to pick a peg from a line of laundry - minute, but told so much about a woman and her character in that single paragraph.

But not only the people, but life it
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, did_not_finish
Abandoned this book 100 pages in and those took me a week to get through.
It was ok but I didn't feel that mental energy required to keep track of all the different races of beings was something I wanted to keep expending.
Starts off in a sort of para-Europe with country names that are a corruption of modern European country names. People get infected with worms. Swords and stuff.
Life is too short.
Chris Whybrow

What did I like about 'A Plague of Swords'. Well... I like the world. I've said that before. And the new sea monsters that were introduced were pretty cool.

But the plot and the characters... Oh dear. All the interesting characters from the last few books are either dead or busy offscreen in this one. The good guys are too many and none are especially distinct. The bad guys barely show up and I'm pretty sure all the one's who had a little character development died in the last book, though I'm
Robin Carter
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I find these days with Miles/ Christian Cameron books i have to start a review will full disclosure, admit to the fact that he is a friend and someone i admire for his writing, his many many skills (weapons and much much more) and intelligence (that said… if the book was bad i would honestly tell him). In fact its often that intelligence in the books that so captivates me. He is that rare author who can educate and entertain at the same time and he seems to do it effortlessly. Although i d
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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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The Traitor Son Cycle (5 books)
  • The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle, #1)
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