Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies.
The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when intends to be victorious on them all?
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The plot thickens
The plot thickens
Too many to single out just one, as the minor ones to the major ones have a role to play
Where a young mage discovers his powers for the first time and as a result a miscreant becomes rather crispy
laugh at times
The plot thickens as they say.
The Red Knight is back and what a welcome return it is, along with his company of honorable and not so honorable knights and hangers on. This time rather than fighting the wild (monsters to you and me) they are employed to rescue the Emperor of a faded empire. So there is betrayal, assassins, spies, explosions and dark deeds aplenty. Of course that is just part of the story as while this is going on, other events are fueling the bigger story and new players emerge with their own agenda. Just to whet appetite there is more violence, magic, skullduggery, betrayals on many levels from kings and queens downwards to peasant rebel soliders turning on their own. All created with an eye for detail that shows the writer's undoubted knowledge of the medieval time period. Now while this is a fantastic fantasy it is clearly built taking influences from French chivalric knights good, bad and down right crazy, Scottish Highlanders, Vikings as royal guards, Native American Indians to Eastern steppe horseman. At times the pace slows a little but in the right places as a book of this size needs a breather in places so again more praise for such a good writer as if it was battle after battle things would get boring. Unlike many writers Cameron is not scared to kill his major characters off and the main one seems to spend a lot of his time damaged in way or another..One person who I think will have a huge part to play is the mysterious "Mr Smythe" bit of a spoiler alert that sorry.
But this series is shaping very nicely and will only get better. As the Archer Willful Murder has been known to say "Mark my words...."
Bring on part 3,4,5,6????
Good story, spotty pronunciation
- Alan R