Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Red Knight

By: Miles Cameron
Location: FIC CAM
Genre: Fantasy
Series: #1 in Traitor Son Cycle

“Do well. Act with courtesy and dignity … because it is the only way to live. And that is as true for my kind as for yours.”


" This is for real- This is bloody dirty work"

Wow. The best fully realized high Medieval tale since Tolkien. Chivalry, courtly love, feudal politics, the art and logistics of Medieval warfare. So detailed it borders on fussy. But wait, there’s more. Complex, deeply realized adversarial culture, too.  All seen from the “inside.” Divisions, doubt, love, sacrifice—it’s got them all. 

REVIEW SUMMARY: A new tale of knights and daring deeds worthy of a place amongst some of our most cherished chivalry legends.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The Red Knight and his merry band of mercenaries take a commission to rid an Abbey of a monster problem. It turns out that the monster problem is more complex than any could have imagined and the whole kingdom of Alba is in danger of being overrun.

PROS: Highly descriptive, furious combat, huge array of colorful characters, intricate plotting, great pacing, pervading sense of chivalry.

CONS: Minor clarity issues with the magic system, so many characters that some of them are left underdeveloped, over-extended falling action.

BOTTOM LINE: I feel greatly honored to have read  The Red Knight. This is more than a genre novel, it's a contemporary myth. I can't wait for the next entry in The Traitor Son Cycle.
Nikolas - Goodreads.com

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