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The Red Knight

Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
Series: Traitor Son Cycle, Book 1
Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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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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A Great Read So Far

I usually hate too many POVs. I can even say I lost a bit of interest in while I was reading George Martin A Song of Fire and Ice series (don’t get me wrong I love the series). Somehow got hooked despite all of the povs it was all interesting. The main character is also very likable. I suggest this book to anyone who likes fantasy genre

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Bloodthirsty stuff.

Pretty good story. Can get a bit hard to follow as it jumps pov a lot and recites the location every time. But I liked it, will continue with the series.

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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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  • 25-06-2018

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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  • luke
  • 30-10-2018

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
  • 18-10-2015

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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  • MISS S TABRAH
  • 17-01-2017

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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  • john
  • 01-11-2016

baffling

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

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  • Jaakko
  • 24-01-2016

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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  • Ian
  • 30-08-2018

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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  • Adam Muth
  • 13-05-2019

Painfully Slow

The summary of the book was promising, and the chapters featuring the Red Knight I liked a lot. Unfortunately these were few and far between, with more time being spent on characters who never seemed significant or interesting.

Maybe they would have become more interesting later on but the painfully slow pace did not give me any incentive to push through. I was already considering skipping chapters due to boredom and that wasn't worth it just to get back to the one storyline that I liked.

The book jumps around many different POVs, few of which are particularly interesting at the beginning. I have read reviews that said it gets better halfway through, but getting through half a long, slow book isn't worth it in my opinion.

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  • Nicholaspoiuy
  • 15-11-2018

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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  • 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 .