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The Red Knight

By: Miles Cameron
Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
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Summary

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 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 mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job.

The abbey is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with. Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war....

©2012 Miles Cameron (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Must read this review

I feel I have to mention this to save others from dissapointment. Please however, listen and make your own judgements.

So, having really enjoyed the first two books in the series narrated by Matt Wolf. the decision to change narrators for book three is an epic fail. Mr Wolf brought feeling to the characters in line with some of the best narrators that I've had the pleasure to listen to. However, Mr Dickson lack that ability to provide a good range of voices so all the characters sound pretty much the same. Like angry pirates. I use the word angry as he shouts most of the dialogue and makes everything sound aggressive and confrontational when it's not supposed to be. This in turn means that all characters lose the emotion that was built brilliantly by Mr Wolf in the first two books.
Unfortunately, this is so bad and annoying this book will have to be returned and the 60 hours invested in what was turning out to be an epic knight’s tale wasted.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a great story, well written and well read. I bought the second book because the first was so good; roll on number three.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Red Knight as the central character was written in such a way the other characters played off him and brought out their own personalities.

Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favourite?

Thorn, even as an evil character was played in a way that you wanted to know how far he would go despite the material he had to work with.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book was too long to read in one sitting but it was finished within a couple of days; in time to get right into the Fell Sword.

Any additional comments?

I object to having to wait patiently for Book three.

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Epic!

What made the experience of listening to The Red Knight the most enjoyable?

It's the marriage between authentic detail, subtle humour and a range of different and carefully wrought story-lines that makes this one of the best books I've listen to in a while. It's a rather novel take on the fantasy genre, too. It's a fantasy/historic novel cross-over and not the worse for it.

What did you like best about this story?

It's really engaging and the characterisation avoids stereotypes. There are heroes dressed as anti-heroes and vice-versa. There are as many powerful women as men, which always gets my vote. Equally, there are vain and shallow women but just as many men sharing the same unflattering characteristics. There are a range of interesting themes such as the class-system, dysfunctional relationships and the rights and wrongs of other cultural, moral and social constructs. The story-lines are carefully constructed and despite the length of this book, they never seem laboured.

What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

Wolf's performance is another highlight. He has to cope with a massive range of characters and the variety of accents he manages are believable and generally well maintained. Yes, there are a few accent inconsistencies but there are so MANY characters this minor criticism hardly seems worth mentioning.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

King Arthur meets Patrick Bateman

Any additional comments?

The best value for money I've had in a long while.

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Just awful

almost exactly same plot as game of thrones. the wild, the wall, knights. Just not nearly as gripping. Power was just used randomly to fill lack of decent outcomes. avoid it!

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Sadly disappointing

The author has simply thrown in too many things. Including dragons, wyverns, trolls, magic, boglins, erks, golden bears to name a few just gets a bit silly. Having a story where a supposedly super intelligent adversary always loses is very weak. Threads that go nowhere. All in all a big disappointment.

As a contrast, consider any of Branden Sanderson's books. He sticks to just one element out of the ordinary and puts his hero's through hell until eventually coming out on top.

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Excellent!

Great story, good narration (drops one star for inconsistent accents). Well plotted, thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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Ruined by the narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator

What other book might you compare The Red Knight to, and why?

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How did the narrator detract from the book?

Matthew's reading of this story ruined it for me. I got to chapter 2 and had to stop

Do you think The Red Knight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

maybe

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Complicated

base story was ok but too many characters viewpoints made it over complicated and hard to follow. there are better siege stories out there.

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standard story but too long

The story was ok but not good enough to stay interesting for a book this long.

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Couldn't get into it

This book just wasn't for me. I found it hard to listen to, and the characters were not interesting enough to make it worth persevering.

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