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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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Very captivating characters and world setting

voice acting
+ great performance
- too many characters ended up creating similar voices

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+ nice fantasy
+ Christianity is a way to add lots of context while keeping information intake low
- sensitive christians might have issues with the misusage of their characters

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Love Knights? Listen to this!

Great story of Knights and chivalry. Well written and well preformed. The author did great research to make this seem real.

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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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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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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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  • Paul
  • 02-19-20

Must read this review

I feel I have to mention this to save others from dissapointment. Please however, listen and make your own judgements.

So, having really enjoyed the first two books in the series narrated by Matt Wolf. the decision to change narrators for book three is an epic fail. Mr Wolf brought feeling to the characters in line with some of the best narrators that I've had the pleasure to listen to. However, Mr Dickson lack that ability to provide a good range of voices so all the characters sound pretty much the same. Like angry pirates. I use the word angry as he shouts most of the dialogue and makes everything sound aggressive and confrontational when it's not supposed to be. This in turn means that all characters lose the emotion that was built brilliantly by Mr Wolf in the first two books.
Unfortunately, this is so bad and annoying this book will have to be returned and the 60 hours invested in what was turning out to be an epic knight’s tale wasted.

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  • K
  • 10-05-15

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
  • 07-20-15

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
  • 01-17-17

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
  • 11-01-16

baffling

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

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  • Jaakko
  • 01-24-16

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
  • 08-30-18

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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  • Charles Palmer
  • 07-07-22

a masterpiece

Miles/Christian has really hit this one our of the park. His books show a remarkable depth of scholarship and a deep understanding of the history of medieval Europe, the medieval European mind, faiths, traditions, life, military, church and commoner.
this book is fantasy but is done brilliantly. The best stories have a core of truth and linking the magic system to Hermetic Esotericism was very very clever because it dovetails with real world religions.
he's done his research here as well, as he has obviously studied the rites and philosophy of Hermetic Esotericism.
as always his understanding of period combat is superb, having been heavily involved in 14th C reenactment myself and western martial arts through Lichtenauer and Fiori, HD describes the forms of sword, axe, sword znd buckler, and what it is like wearing full harness.
this is because the author has 30 years experience of the same.
if you like Abercrombie you'll love this.

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  • Craig
  • 03-28-22

Great story, terrible editing

Great story, really enjoyed it but the editing was horrendous
So many sentences cut off randomly, at first I thought it was meant to be that way
Doesn't take away from the story too much, still recommend it
Sort out your editing, ruining good authors books

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  • Felix
  • 02-06-22

Brilliant ensemble piece

I loved it from beginning to end. The ending manages to set up for more without leaving a cliff-hanger.

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  • Dean
  • 12-14-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-20

Cliches and the worst aspects of chivalry abound

If you enjoy complex, well written and innovative fantasy, DON’T LISTEN TO THIS AUDIOBOOK! And I’m a pretty tolerant reader/listener of fantasy, this is the first bad review I’ve ever wrote! So you can believe me when I say it’s bad!

Sorry to say I couldn’t even make it through the first book. The magic system was definitely intriguing, but the whole chivalrous knight thing was WAY over the top!!! The dialogue was painfully blunt and unimaginative, repeating itself in clunky ways and using simple, boring, repetitive language. No witty banter or enjoyable word play to be found.

The stereotypical roles of women and men was just straight up boring. Sure, back in the day things might have been like this, but have the courage to write a world not full of weak little women that use looks and sex to reward the big strong men who galavant across the world killing monsters. Seriously, cliches like men who’s honour has been injured and simply must react? Sigh.

Welcome to snoresville.

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  • Lise
  • 01-10-22

Great Story and a great narrator too!

I really enjoyed this book. The story was fantastic and well written with 'historical' accuracy in relation to knight armor and weapons it seems. Good battles and sorcery with lots of creatures! The narrator was brilliant. In fact, I would say this writer/narrator team are close to being as good as my favorites Abercrombie/Pacey but alas Cameron/Wolf seem to only have Book 2 together before it appears another narrator takes over. I will go on to Book 2 and will attempt Book 3 even though the narrator is apparently different and reviews are not good. For now, I can honestly say that this book/listen was wonderful!

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  • Stephen
  • 02-04-21

BE AWARE If You are Looking For A New Series

The first two books are narrated excellently by Matthew Wolf.

From the Third book onward the Narrator is replaced and the performance/mixing/audio quality drops significantly. I had to abandon this series due to this change.

This is a real shame because the first two books were fantastic to listen to.

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  • Daniel Stranger
  • 12-13-20

Wasn't invested

The narrator was good and I finished. Too many characters to really get into it

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  • Kane
  • 02-16-20

Messy.

The further in I got, the less I cared about the characters.
I couldn't be bothered finishing it.
The narrator was quite engaging. The story wasn't.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-18

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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  • Michelle
  • 05-05-17

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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  • Jon Beckton
  • 01-17-16

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.