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The Red Knight (2012)

de Miles Cameron

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This is a world dominated by The Wild. Man lives in pockets of civilisation claimed from The Wild. Within men's walls life is civilised, the peace punctuated by tournaments, politicking, courtly love and canny business. Beyond those walls men are prey - vulnerable to the exceptionally powerful and dangerous creatures which populate the land, and even more vulnerable to those creatures schemes. So when one of those creatures breaks out of The Wild and begins preying on people in their homes, it takes a specialist to hunt it down or drive it out ... and even then, it's a long, difficult and extremely dangerous job. The Red Knight and his men are one such group of specialists. They have no idea what they're about to face ... 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.… (més)
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I was going to give this book a solid 4 - but then wow, the war just kept going on. I'm okay with a good fight, but only if it can be simple enough for me to follow... I'm terrible with, um, tacticky stuff!

Pros
- When switching between characters, we get a nice heading that says Location - Character Name. That was not just helpful, it also looked great.

- The titular character was charismatic, too young for his station, and had an intriguing but secret background. Is this a good thing? Is this Mary Sue? I think it was done well.

Cons
- Boglins. Fighting. Irks. Fighting. At the tower, fighting. At the castle, fighting. Fighting boglins all day every day. Half the book was spent describing swords going through chitin.

- I was less than halfway through when I recieved my Kindle. Sorry, that is a con. ( )
  brutalstirfry | May 6, 2022 |
I grasped the story and appreciated the characters and world much more the second time around. On to the next books of the series. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
The Red Knight is a tremendously impressive epic fantasy. Cameron skilfully manages a huge number of viewpoints, with some well-realised characters and a clever magic system.

On the downside, the author is a devotee of historical re-enactment, and this shows in the heavily over-used research. Every item of clothing is given its proper medieval name and this quickly becomes distracting.

The e-book version is the worst-proofed professional publication I have ever read. There are literally errors on almost every page, including a persistent misunderstanding of "it's" and "its". The book is too good to warrant such a sloppy publication. ( )
  TimStretton | Mar 19, 2020 |
Not overly impressed, takes a long time to get into and the storyline does not seem to flow in a clear fashion ( )
  OwenRochester | Mar 20, 2017 |
Tries unsuccessfully to mine the grimmer" Abercrombie's and Mark Lawrence's headspace by emulating a very colloquial dialogue style, specially among their military characters.

The structure of the book is in short sections from multiple points-of-view and it doesn't work well in terms of narrative flowing. There are a ton of characters of all kinds, most notably the title hero, the Red Knight (about whom we find out in due time most everything about parentage and upbringing with the rest being implied...lol), the real bad boy "Bad Tom" Lachlan, the two sorcerers Thorn and Harmodius, the abbess who hires the Red Knight to protect her important convent/fortress, Queen Desiderata, some local and foreign knights, a few nasty daemons - these are powers of the wild and guardians of the outwallers, an escaped slave who becomes a member of the Sossag one of the "outwallers" indian like tribes and not least a wise and very powerful Dragon...

The much-praised military aspects of the book become somewhat repetitive at the beginning, in the middle and at the end... Also as in most fantasies, the separation of the main hero and his love interest looks really artificial to say the least.

The usual fantasy fodder that's being written nowadays just to sell books. Nothing new under the sun...

All in all not worth reading. I should have known better... Better stick to the usual "culprits": George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Joe Abercrombie and Guy Gavriel Kay, just to name four of my favourites." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Panepinto, LaurenDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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This is a world dominated by The Wild. Man lives in pockets of civilisation claimed from The Wild. Within men's walls life is civilised, the peace punctuated by tournaments, politicking, courtly love and canny business. Beyond those walls men are prey - vulnerable to the exceptionally powerful and dangerous creatures which populate the land, and even more vulnerable to those creatures schemes. So when one of those creatures breaks out of The Wild and begins preying on people in their homes, it takes a specialist to hunt it down or drive it out ... and even then, it's a long, difficult and extremely dangerous job. The Red Knight and his men are one such group of specialists. They have no idea what they're about to face ... 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.

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