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A Plague of Swords (Traitor Son Cycle 4) by [Cameron, Miles]
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NOW IT'S WAR . . .

The Red Knight withstood the full might of his enemy, and won the day. In a victory which will be remembered through the ages, he brought disparate factions together and turned them into allies against a more powerful foe than they had ever seen.

Now, he will need his allies more than ever.

Because behind one adversary hid another - one with allies of their own - whose goal was never to destroy Alba, but to distract the Kingdom while achieving his true aim. And whatever it is, it's probably not in the Red Knight's interest.

With one army defeated, now the Red Knight must fight again . . . and for every one of his allies there is a corresponding enemy. Spread out in different lands, and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed their foe's true intentions.

With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3985 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (27 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EGAS4V6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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As usual, Miles Cameron delivers an alternate earth/fantasy romp which ticks all the boxes. The Red Knight/Gabriel is as flawed as he is powerful. Battles, magic, dragons - and a sense of humour.
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The best piece of sci fi writing this year!
A stunning plot with more twists than a dragon, superb characters, action packed with hermeticism, sword play and adventure.
Couldn't put it down!
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This I thought was going to be the last book in the series, which is great as there is more to come from the Red Knight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ongoing Fantasy Series Right Now 6 December 2016
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“It was the false dawn; the time when old people die, when hopes fail, and when ambuscades lose their nerve, when men call out and wives comfort them.”

Cameron is telling one heck of a story. The Plague of Swords shows just how big a story Cameron is telling. Book 1 keeps it small, telling a Legend-esque siege story. Book 2 tells another small story, shifting venues from an England analogue to an Eastern Roman Empire analogue, while at the same time building on minor plot threads started in the first book. Book 3 starts bringing all of those plot threads together for a Storm of Swords-esque bang. There is an inevitable letdown, but Cameron handles things considerably better than Martin did. What do you do after bringing so many plot threads to a head in Book 3? You bust your world wide open.

A carefully constructed structure is the best thing about The Traitor Son Cycle. Well, that, and the great fight scenes. And the loving attention to historical detail. And the elaborate and innovative worldbuilding. And the dragon demi-gods. A carefully constructed structure is among the many great things about The Traitor Son Cycle.

The Plague of Swords opens immediately after the events of The Dread Wyrm. The forces of good are beginning to see just how fragile their great victory was. Their armies are depleted. The emperor is dead. The new alliance with forces of the Wild sits uneasily.

“‘That’s bogglin laughter,’ No Head said.
‘You like them?’ the woman asked him. The targets were moving to a hundred twenty-five paces.
‘Spent most o’ my life killin’ ’em,’ No Head said. ‘But then,’ he said, ‘I found they ain’t so bad.’”

Forces elsewhere are under attack. A new, human, plague follows the horse plague. And a new, even more deadly threat appears in Galle.

The early plot focuses heavily on efforts to magically combat the (magic) plague. We kind of know that this won’t be the end of the series, but Cameron ratchets up the tension nonetheless, and named characters die. Meanwhile, Gabriel is pushing Mr. Smythe, their dragonic ally. He’s beginning to realize that Mr. Smythe hasn’t been entirely honest. He’s beginning to understand the scale of what’s going on. And he’s beginning to see that their interests may not remain aligned.

There is some incredible stuff, but it’s tough to say too much without spoiling the book. So I’ll take a minute and instead talk about how great the worldbuilding is. It’s easy to forget how much has been added writing reviews for each book in a series. But what Cameron has revealed to us is so cool and interesting and perfect that it deserves a little extra attention. In the world of The Traitor Son Cycle, the Europe-analogue isn’t bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s bordered by “the Wild.” It’s the Wild that’s full of bogglins and irks and wyverns and serves as almost an antagonist itself at first. But while at first it resembles any number of desolate lands full of monsters in fantasy (although it is the opposite of desolate), we learn that it is something more as Cameron fleshes it out. The hordes of monsters all have their own interests and factions. The Canadian Cameron gives the Wild a distinctly Canadian feel, from its vast forests and bogs to the Amerindian-esque natives to the giant beavers.

Cameron adds to that in The Plague of Swords. The Sahara is reimagined as the consequence of the depredations of the Necromancer.

“‘What is on the other side of the desert?’ Gabriel asked.
The sultan looked south. ‘Once, there were other kingdoms,’ he said. ‘Now nothing comes out of the desert but the not-dead. Someday, perhaps…’”

We learn much more about the demi-godlike dragons and their role in the world. Yes, there are zombies, but with a new twist (and medieval zombies remain fresh to me in a way that modern zombies have long ceased to be). The countries and peoples in The Traitor Son Cycle map closely to the countries and peoples in real medieval Europe (and North Africa), but rather than as a crutch Cameron uses it as an opportunity to let his deep historical knowledge enrich the world and story.

Oh, and Gabriel’s griffon is now grown. And there are sea monsters. The fight scenes have always been a highlight of the series, and there have been a lot of them. Cameron mixes things up a little this book. The big fights are in the air or on the sea, not on land. Both are absolutely fantastic.

If The Plague of Swords suffers, it is from middle book-ism, just a bit. A lot of time is spent on infodumps for the new worldbuilding that we can expect to come to a head in the fifth and as I understand it final book in the series. A lot of time is spent positioning the various armies. A fair amount of action takes place off-screen. And the climax is a bit abrupt, especially after the extended climaxes we’ve been spoiled on. But these are all quibbles, and as the fourth book in a series The Plague of Swords should be judged in its role as such and as a part of the series as a whole. And the series remains my favorite and has me so fired up it is influencing my current reading choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting Better 3 November 2016
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I was getting close to the end of this book, and I spent a fair bit of time considering if I could remember another series where I had no doubt that each book was better than the previous one. Mr Cameron is growing in skill, learning to polish his weak spots to the point where he can pull off multiple character threads without missing a beat...and have some turn out as engaging as the primary.

Really can't recommend this enough...only thing I didn't like was how I seemed to really struggle keeping names/characters straight. Re-reading the prior books would certainly have helped, but a few more timely memory nudges would have been appreciated...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful 7 November 2016
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I had forgotten how utterly splendid this series really is. Where many series tend to jump the shark after 3 or four installments, The Traitors Sun Cycle just maintains a compelling narrative and continues to develop the characters we have all grown to love. Somehow Miles Cameron takes us into the minutiea of the physical constraints of the period (armor, shipboard travel etc) without being dull. On the contrary, the detail helps ground the fantastic elements of the story and is a constant reminder of the personal elements of the story.

I will definitely buy the next book in the series. BTW, I also bought the audio book version and it is a joy to listen to.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing compared to the reat of the series 18 June 2017
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I still love this series, and i am 100% in on buying the next book; however, this one fell flat. The strength of this series has been how the author has meticulously built the characters and world. This one felt extremely rushed. There was so much potential for the duchess, but nothing. Same with the entire new land.
And then there is the end. What the #$%& was that??? I actually went back and reread it to see if maybe i missed skipped a page because it was such a random deus ex machina ending.



He usually puts so much (sometimes too much) detail in the spellcasting, but this time they just cast something that killed all the odine but saved the people without ever explaining how they figured it out?

Like i said...i still love this series and will definitely read the next one, but this one was lacking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork! 28 October 2016
By M J Fidler - Published on
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I've read sword and sorcery and high fantasy all my life and cannot think of another series that has left me feeling more fulfilled and craving more at the same time. Really excellent world building, splendid magic system, wonderful characters and a depth to the plot that is masterful. On a par with the very best that I could name. Magnificent.