Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Red Knight: By Miles Cameron



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 abby 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. . .


It’s so hard to talk about how amazing The Red Knight is without giving away half its secrets.

I think one of the best attributes of The Red Knight for me was the way that Miles Cameron was able to utterly surprise me at every turn. This was partially done by establishing likable characters on both sides of the fight in different skirmishes. Cameron started his weave of deception and captivation into the story by letting the reader get to know these characters hundreds of pages before their action begins.

Personally, I was frustrated at this jumping between smaller characters and subplots in the beginning of the story until I realized how deftly Cameron was weaving all the stories and characters together later in the book. In fact, every character and jump away from the main story line was carefully planned, establishing strong characters and a broader more complete picture for the story overall. Not only that, but because readers will be rooting for characters on both sides of the fights, readers will be town in who they want to win. Also this allows Cameron the flexibility to kill off characters, surprise the reader and make The Red a truly amazing book.

Of course as I mentioned above, there are a lot of characters in The Red Knight, and while at times it’s hard to keep them all straight Cameron does one heck of a job making complex and likable characters in this first installment of a five book series. Some awesome characters that come to mind are the Captain (AKA the Red Knight), Michael, Peter, Gaston, Sir Gawin, and Bad Tom (heck even with her limited role I loved reading about Pridentia). All of these characters are different than many of the characters that are in most epic fantasy novels today, and as the story develops become more and more flushed out.

All in all I loved the Red Knight. It was full of non-stop action, had great characters, and really surprised me. I personally can’t wait for the next in the series and recommend it to anyone looking for a book to read, because this is one of the next in a great line of fantastic epic fantasies.


Publisher: Orbit

Published: January 22, 2013

Price: $16.99

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