Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies.
The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when intends to be victorious on them all?
©2013 Miles Cameron (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"Just a little too many similar characters"
Some of the characters blended into each other making it difficult to distinguish between them. Apart from that it is a good story that is well performed
"The plot thickens"
The plot thickens
Too many to single out just one, as the minor ones to the major ones have a role to play
Where a young mage discovers his powers for the first time and as a result a miscreant becomes rather crispy
laugh at times
The plot thickens as they say.
The Red Knight is back and what a welcome return it is, along with his company of honorable and not so honorable knights and hangers on. This time rather than fighting the wild (monsters to you and me) they are employed to rescue the Emperor of a faded empire. So there is betrayal, assassins, spies, explosions and dark deeds aplenty. Of course that is just part of the story as while this is going on, other events are fueling the bigger story and new players emerge with their own agenda. Just to whet appetite there is more violence, magic, skullduggery, betrayals on many levels from kings and queens downwards to peasant rebel soliders turning on their own. All created with an eye for detail that shows the writer's undoubted knowledge of the medieval time period. Now while this is a fantastic fantasy it is clearly built taking influences from French chivalric knights good, bad and down right crazy, Scottish Highlanders, Vikings as royal guards, Native American Indians to Eastern steppe horseman. At times the pace slows a little but in the right places as a book of this size needs a breather in places so again more praise for such a good writer as if it was battle after battle things would get boring. Unlike many writers Cameron is not scared to kill his major characters off and the main one seems to spend a lot of his time damaged in way or another..One person who I think will have a huge part to play is the mysterious "Mr Smythe" bit of a spoiler alert that sorry.
But this series is shaping very nicely and will only get better. As the Archer Willful Murder has been known to say "Mark my words...."
Bring on part 3,4,5,6????
"Good story, spotty pronunciation"
A genuinely engaging story, following on from "The Red Knight", populated with well-drawn and believable characters. The occasional bad simile, but in a tale of this size it's almost bound to happen. Generally well-narrated, but one or two words get mangled - my pet hate is 'deh-mez-ney' (rhyming with Disney) for demesne (deh-mean), but it is a relatively small grumble.
Can't wait for "The Dread Wyrm"!
This is fantasy at its best - yet one of the most amazing parts is the realism of its battles.
This is among the top 5 of the epic fantasy genre.
Matthew Wolf is perfect in his narration.
"Unfortunately not as strong as the first book"
Very good narrator, with a wide catalogue of convincing accents. Unfortunately the story is weaker in this book,.and, like the first, errs a little too much on the winning side, few bold narrative shifts or tragedies. The author feels disinclined to remind the reader of how morally flawed the company actually is.
"As detailed and cinematic as The Red Knight."
More exciting action from Gabriel and Bad Tom, amongst others. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to listen to the next.
"Brilliant Story - Inconsistent Narrator"
The final battle.
I think that Matthew is a wonderful narrator. But he is inconsistent in some ways, for example he is pronouncing some names from The Red Night differently in The Fell Sword such as the Knight Gawain is has been changed to Gavin, it causes confusion. But Matthew has become one of my favorite narrators.
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