August 2013 eBook of the Month.
The Ill-Made Knight is a fast-paced and enjoyable novel of historical fiction set in the Hundred Years War (1337 to 1453). Your attention is immediately grabbed by the unorthodox style with the prologue setting the scene for the rest of the book to be narrated by the major character as he remembers his exploits in becoming a famous knight, a fact proven by the prologue.
The plot, however, soon reveals itself to be anything but ordinary and despite his current high station and the deeds he has accomplished we find the narrator honest, often brutally so, and willing to show his past deeds in anything but a favourable light. The action gives a personal view on some of the greatest and most critical battles of the period and of the type of men who would have fought them. The wonderfully rich landscape which these fictional characters populate is clearly well researched and even the minor characters are strongly constructed and believable.
Cameron brings the period vividly to life and the mix of the fictional storyline, actual events and real characters are excellently balanced and the climax leaves the reader anxious for the second instalment.
Christian Cameron on why he wrote ... decided to do a Medieval series The Ill-Made Knight when his previous work has all been set in the Ancient World?
'The Middle Ages has always been my ‘favorite’ historical period - it’s the subject in which I took my degree, and I have a pretty comprehensive library covering the fourteenth century in England and France and Italy—as well as some more esoteric or non-Anglo-centric areas. As a young man, I loved chivalry more than any other topic, and that love—and the academic subjects attached to it—has stuck with me.'
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William Gold comes into the world as his family slides down the social ladder. His head filled with tales of chivalry, instead he is branded a thief, and must make do with being squire to his childhood friend Sir Robert, a knight determined to make a name for himself as a man at arms in France. While William himself slowly acquires the skills of knightly combat, he remains an outsider - until the Battle of Poitiers when Sir Robert is cut down by the greatest knight of the age, Sir Geoffrey de Charny, and William, his lowly squire, revenges him. But with his own knight dead, no honour acrrues to William for this feat of arms, and he is forced to become a mercenary. Scavenging a mis-matched set of armour from the knightly corpses, he joins one of the mercenary companies now set to pillage a defenceless France, and so begins a bloody career that sees William joining forces with the infamous Sir John Hawkwood and immersing himself in a treacherous clandestine war among the Italian city states. But paradoxically it is there, among the spies, assassins and hired killers serving their ruthless masters, that William finally discovers the true meaning of chivalry - and his destiny as a knight.
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||1st August 2013|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Christian Cameron is a writer, re-enactor and military historian. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as both an aviator and an intelligence officer. He now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter, where he writes full time. Author photo © Leonard SchlichtingMore About Christian Cameron