The Red Knight

The Red Knight

eBook - 2013
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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. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job...
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316217019
0316217018
Branch Call Number: PR9199.4.C346 R43 2013x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file.

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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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misterwisp
Nov 11, 2016

This book is a very mixed bag. The setting is awesome. It's a medieval world where monsters exist, and people are at war with "The Wild" in a literal way. There are a lot of great man vs monster action scenes and fun bad-ass characters.

On the other hand the structure of the book is very haphazard. There are a ton of point of view characters and the book shifts rapidly between them, sometimes with multiple shifts within a few pages. It can be disorienting, and by the end some characters seemed to have little to nothing to do with the overall plot of the book. You would probably have to read the sequel to know what their purpose was. It feels like the book needed a few more passes with an editor to streamline it and make it more cohesive. There are also many odd turns of phrase and lots of obscure medieval terminology. If you are new to fantasy books this isn't the best place to start.
If you like fantasy books though and have a tolerance for long books it's not bad.

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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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