The Red Knight

The Red Knight

Book - 2013
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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. . .
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316212281
Branch Call Number: SF CAMERON
Characteristics: 665 p. ; 21 cm

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alburke47 Jan 25, 2018

(Audiobook version) I notice from other reviews that there was a lot of "editing" issues in the book. As I listened to the audiobook, I can't comment on that (duh!). However, what I did -hear- is a romp of a tale full of colourful characters, action and wit that kept me engaged for most of the journey. The author was terrific, and deserves much of the kudos, breathing life into a large cast of characters without ever leading you to wonder who was speaking. He also handled accents well, not the obvious caricatures you hear on TV.

The story did end on a strange note, after tearing through the first seventeen, the final chapter was slow, but I'm assuming this is setting up the next book, which I hope is read by the same narrator. More like 4.5 stars, but a jolly good listen all the same.

Rbrightone Dec 18, 2016

This was a book that I really wanted to like and struggled at it, which is not typical. Usually if a book doesnt grab me in a few hundred pages it gets relegated to the scrap heap. This book was not that, but I kept at it. As previous comments have said, great world building, interesting magic system and a very cool mercenary company concept. What kept me going was the fight scenes. This guy can describe a fight extremely well. You feel part of the experience. Character development happens but slowly in this one. This is one of the few times I would recommend readers plow through even if you are not feeling it every moment. Its got sparks of brilliance which pan out in later books.

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jestrader
Oct 15, 2015

A ripping yarn! I loved it and am watching out for the next books in the series.

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nyseday
Mar 10, 2014

Brilliant storytelling. Well described battle scenes. Good characters. Can't wait for vol.2

bookfanatic1979 Apr 03, 2013

While well-written, the book's tendency to change viewpoints every five pages or so did me in. Even though each new scene was labeled with the location and the narrating character, I just couldn't keep up with the rapid shifts. Made it 200 pages in and called it quits.

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