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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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  • K
  • UK
  • 05-10-15

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • bill
  • Lowestoft, United Kingdom
  • 20-07-15

Outsharps Richard Sharpe

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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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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  • Stu
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  • 05-07-17

Couldn't get into the story

story all over the place some rubbish similarities with game of thrones weak characters

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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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baffling

made it to chapter 4, but already there are too many characters to keep track of.

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Too many povs and too much of hema

Didn't finnish. The world itself seemed interesting, but it was too difficult to get a hold of it because points of view jumped too much to care about characters or story. It's clear that writer knows his medieval martial arts, but unfortunately other aspects of description lack the same detail.

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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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Not bad but a bit of a grind

Not too bad but not epic. I had to set the speed to 1.25x to 1.5x to be able to listen to the audiobook. It’s too painful to listen at 1.0x. The character development is a bit thin and not very fleshed our. The MC Red Knight is a bit more fleshed out but still comes across very wooden. I think I’ll stop at book one and try something else. Thanks

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  • luke
  • 30-10-18

Great writing, interesting concept but....

...it did not hook me. I just could not get past the first few chapters. You cannot fault the reader, who is excellent. The story is strong and the characters are well defined. The author unfortunately could not make me care about any of it.

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  • Karen
  • 18-10-15

as it says on the box

Buckets of blood, battles with horrible monsters. It's all there. Not for the faint hearted but I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Knight. I will be keeping an eye on Miles Cameron for more. I also have a new favourite narrator in Matthew Wolf. Recommended for fantasy lovers.

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  • Atle
  • 24-09-17

I thought this was a New instalment

Sigh... I already bought this on audible. But they changed the cover and didn't tell me I owned å different version... please give me my credit back. :/

0 of 13 people found this review helpful