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Publisher's 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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Wonderful!

Excellent narration, the characters actually have their own voice and accents so you can really put your self into the story.

Most of the books I prefer to read are single pov or a few povs, how ever this book had many character pov it jumped between. I was happily surprised that I enjoyed it! It was skillfully written in a tight sequence so I never felt that parts were added to catch up to the main characters and the entire book was a nice and smooth read

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No plot. No point

After listening to 17 hours of this book I realised that I just dont care about any of the characters or their situations. The entire book is a series of skirmishes around a central battle/seige, but without any overall story. This lack of 'bigger issue' became very tedious as no character was driving the plot, but merely reacting to situational influences.

Being the first of 5 in the series I have to say NO.

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A Red Knights battle against the wildest beasts

Although at the start i struggled with the narrative swip swapping of one story to the next of the characters in the story. i was able to grasp after a fashion the concept of how the author had structured his story and then began to enjoy listening but it definitely took longer than expected.
If you love Knights of valour and magic and victories won in the most against odds moments then this is the story for you and yes i like the fact that the story continues on in other books and have purchased the next installment of the Red Knight and his crews exciting journeys.

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the red knight

the author uses alot of imagery combined with him showing off his medieval knowledge this tended to get in the way of the story.

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  • Karen
  • 18-10-2015

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
  • 24-09-2017

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. :/

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  • K
  • 05-10-2015

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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  • bill
  • 20-07-2015

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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  • Alan R
  • 31-08-2015

Excellent!

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

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  • Colm Mclaughlin
  • 10-08-2018

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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  • Matthew Betts
  • 01-08-2018

Great

Totally hooked from page one completely 're writes history . Narrator does a wonderful job. Although by book three they've changed narrator's and spoils it slightly after getting used to same voice story doesn't feel the same .

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  • Matt Reynolds
  • 30-07-2018

Pretty darn good😀

The days are not long enough. A decent chunky story that grips you by the brain and doesn't let go! Interesting storyline weaving too.

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  • Nick
  • 21-05-2018

A great tale, delivered peerlessly

Great characters, loads of battling & a scary but interesting set of foes.

I rattled through this rollicking tale at a rate of knots!

I enjoyed the fact that some of the Captain’s enemies were explained. I.e. why they were taking up arms & that not all of them were just man-flesh hungry nightmare creations.

I also found the ‘Christianity’ slant to be interesting. I don’t thing I’ve ever read any of this genre which doesn’t just have some ‘new Gods’ to worship / despise!
It gave light to some complex & interesting characters.

Finally, it’s read masterfully. I loved the various accents portrayed. This really helps making it a joy to get lost in.

I shall return for more....

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  • Debs J
  • 04-05-2018

Fantastic mix

The mix of traditional knighthood that we know it with a brilliant spoonful of fantasy, magic and imagination. Sounds so familiar due to our history it keeps you on your toes.

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  • carl metcalfe
  • 20-04-2018

Truly an epic...

This series is fantastic. The characters are deep, varied and many. Characters who I presumed to hate at first became favourites. Mr Cameron weaves a hell of a tale that's fast paced, imaginative and as well layered to rival the likes of Tolkien. My only negative is the change of narrator's half way through the series. It doesn't ruin it but it felt like the characters were portrayed slightly differently. All said I'd highly recommend this series.

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  • Robert
  • 29-08-2017

Good but some definite flaws

Would you listen to The Red Knight again? Why?

No, I generally only listen to books once. This one definitely isn't up there with the best books but it might be worth a second listen as sometimes it is hard follow and I think a second listen would make some bits make more sense.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Red Knight. He's the main guy, it is all about him.

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

Some of the urk voices were really good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I am not a huge fan of the author's style. There is little aid given to the reader to help them understand parts they might not be familiar with. Most books have a little description for the more unusual aspects, although it happens sometimes it doesn't happen a lot.

This isn't just with equipment but also social structures. Certain ranks, titles and species are referenced with no explanation and you're just supposed to know it. Some it obvious enough but not all. Especially when dealing with wizardry and monsters. We all know what a dragon is but a wrym?

Adding to the difficulty of following things a character can be referred to by numerous titles. This gets worse in the second book. The Red Knight might be known as The Red Knight, The Duke, The Captain, Gabriel, The Magus Dukas, The Earl, The Earl of Thrake. Sometimes it makes sense, when a certain titles is needed for a certain scenario but other times it just chops and changes and it is rather irritating.
This occurs with other characters as well but nowhere near as much. Still why no refer to the character by one name only (and mentioned their other titles in addition, when necessary).