• The Ill-Made Knight

  • Chivalry, Book 1
  • By: Christian Cameron
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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The Ill-Made Knight

By: Christian Cameron
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the first medieval adventure in the action-packed Chivalry series! Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden.

September, 1356. Poitiers.

The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle.

On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who'd earned his spurs at Crecy.

On the French side, the king and his son, the dauphin. With 12,000 knights. 

And then there is William Gold. A cook's boy - the lowest of the low - who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive. 

As rapacious English mercenaries plunder a country already ravaged by plague, and the peasantry take violent revenge against the French knights who have failed to protect them, is chivalry any more than a boyish fantasy? 

©2021 Christian Cameron (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A sword-slash above the rest." (Irish Examiner)

"One of the finest writers of historical fiction in the world." (Ben Kane)

"Brilliantly evoked." (Sunday Times)

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Could be very good.

Less modern politics and random sex or more modern politics and sex and dragons. Maybe you should take credit for the new non binary Joan of Arc as you did it first. Hope you get your Netflix show before they go under.

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this story is rapey

There’s a rape and/or sexual assault from the prologue through to the first few chapters where I just had to put it down. Women aren’t given voice or perspective, they aren’t ever real characters, they just exist to justify the fictional protagonist righteous cause against antagonists. And William Gold himself… takes advantage of a rape victim/refugee.

It’s a bummer, I wanted a good historical fiction book. The narrator does a great performance, believable in tone and uses multiple voices, has other performers for voices he couldn’t do. Narration was good. I find a great benefit of historical fiction is that it can give voice and tell stories that get over looked but, I felt this story does the opposite, William Golf tells the story of his life to glorify his own experiences to a writer who seeks to glorify his experiences. It seems it’s use of fiction is instead purposed to glorify atrocities. Like why?!?!

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One of my all time favorites.

It's essentially the story of a commoner man at arms' journey to becoming a knight. In reality, it's a story about a good hearted young man who gets put into incredibly shitty circumstances and struggles to make it through. It reads like a history lesson with a compelling narrative, but the author goes on tons of tangents. I love this narrator's take on William Gold, like an old warrior who talks to much, the whole book is him telling his life story I'm a tavern in Calais. They changed narrators for books 3-5, I assume because this guy seems whimsical or something like that, but this is my Will Gold.

Anyway, this is the best medieval historical fiction series out there. Highly recommended.

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A delightfully surprising story of war and life!

It took only two days to finish, I couldn't stop. So riveting, so pure, a story. I shall never forget it!! Honor, Love, faith and friendship. I loved the historical part of this story and I wonder if the author realizes its connection to the history of Tarot? What a great book!

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Story drags.

Had hard time making it to the end. Never really care about any anyone in the story.

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it's a good one. I am going to start the next book immediately. I only hope it is as good as this one.

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You will not regret it

By far the best chivalric novel! Perhaps only rivalled by Bernard Cornwell.
It’s engaging and fantastically written, and a brilliant and colourful window into the life of an English man at arms in the 100 years war.

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okay but not as good as other series of his

okay but not as good as some of his others like The long war or the Tyrant series

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good but hard to follow at times

a little difficult to follow at times and I did a lot of rewinding, but the ending was great and the narrator did a really good job. I'll probably buy the next book in the series

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So much fighting

If you enjoy detailed graphic descriptions of battles, you will like this one. I'll pass on the other books in this series.

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  • thomas
  • 11-17-21

Brilliant

If you are into medieval times you'll love this, I've enjoyed ever second of it and it's quite realistic.

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  • Matthew Fullerton
  • 12-02-22

Great series.

I am hooked and can't wait to follow Sir William Gold throughout this series.

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  • Mike
  • 11-09-22

Brilliant

A fantastic story of real knights, can wait to start book 2! The narration is fantastic, at first I didn't like that the story was being told past tense as I thought this would take away some of the drama of the story, but nay. It was fantastic.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 09-29-22

Excellent Entertainment

Quite simply one of the best books of this genre I have ever read or listened to. The author never allows the central character to wallow in triumph or disaster, though there is plenty of both in this book but moves swiftly through this epic tale with elan and not a little literary capability which makes the book very difficult to put down. Most of the provincial wars and skirmishes are new ground for me, those in Provincial France and particularly those in Italy which I found interesting, though it’s the intensely written set pieces, of which there are plenty, that sets the blood racing, written as well or better then anyone else in the field.
Saul Reichman is a superb companion throughout.
Bravo Mr Cameron!

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  • Andrew Wilson
  • 06-24-22

Going for Gold

What an absolute cracker of a book. Camerons storytelling prowess is evident throughout, with great characters and a super eye for historical detail. Saul Reichlin' narration is ideally suited and I am thoroughly looking forward to starting The Long Sword.

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  • Roadwater
  • 05-18-22

Tedious

A long-winded tale, describing a series of scarcely credible events and unbelievable coincidences. The ramblings of a self-obsessed individual. Will not be purchasing any sequels!

The performance, by Saul Reichlin was admirable, considering the poor quality of the material, with which he had to work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-22

Fabulous novel

I couldn't put this down. A wonderful story brilliantly written and very well performed.

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  • Happy Solak
  • 01-14-22

Simply...

wonderful! Magnificently written and told. The epilogue brought a tear to this cynical old man's eye.

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  • Mr Andrew J Walley
  • 01-04-22

Excellent! Not your typical medieval pot-boiler

Great and interesting period detail
Super narration
Original delivery of a story told by the main protagonist