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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083820
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mankind faces fiery ruin as the dragons fly free and furious in an epic fantasy to rival A GAME OF THRONES.

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Stephen Deas was born in 1968. He once set fire to Wales. Well one bit of Wales. Twice. When not burning principalities, he played too much Dungeons and Dragons. Despite this he managed to study theoretical physics at Cambridge, get a job at BAE, marry and have two children. He now lives in Essex. With THE ADAMANTINE PALACE he returned to his first love; that of setting fire to things.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm very fussy about my fantasy these days, the death of the great David Gemmell really dented my ability to read this genre, but every now and again a series comes along that is just a cut above the usual dross, something so well written, with great characters, tight plotting and well paced that i just have to read it, and keep reading it.... in the last few years the only fantasy authors to do this are Hoffman, Roothfus Martin and now Deas.
This really is a must read for fantasy readers, but also for others outside the genre, there is much to be enjoyed and gained by fans of Historical fiction, action adventure etc.. its just one of those truly great series that keeps its quality from book one to the end of the excellent book 3.

what next for Mr Deas I wonder?

(Parm)

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As the various factions fight for control of the Adamatine Palace mankinds nemesis approaches. The realms dragons are awakening from their alchemical sedation and returning to their native fury. They can remember why they were created and they now know what mankind has done to them. And their revenge will be brutal. As hundreds of dragons threaten a fiery apocalypse only the Adamantine Guard stand between humanity and extinction. Can Prince Jehal fight off the people who want him dead and unite their armies in one final battle for survival? Noted for its blistering pace, awesome dragons and devious polticking Stephen Deas's landmark fantasy trilogy moves to a terrifying epic conclusion in The Order of the Scales
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauline M Ross on 13 Mar. 2012
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Again, this third book of the trilogy starts where the previous one left off, with the war still going on and the rogue dragon Snow still working to free more of her dragon pals from human slavery. The author's strength is in action, and there's no shortage of it here. The dragon/human battles are terrific, and Deas constantly reminds us of the dragons' vastly superior size and strength - the earth shaking as they land, the turbulance in the air when they take off, the heat and smoke when they spit flames, and the numerous ways in which they can kill humans without even trying. He captures the physicality of riding them brilliantly too.

Unfortunately, the action seems to be a substitute here for a coherent story. The one truly interesting story - the dragons, their ways and their history, and dealing with the escaped Snow - is muddied by various distractions, such as the ill-fated religious uprising, and the political in-fighting between the royal families which culminated in a disastrous war. This ensures that the final confrontation with the rogue dragons is a desperate battle for survival, but it's hard to believe that the dragon kings and queens can be quite so stupid. To be honest, everyone comes across as stupid, dragons and humans alike, which is a pretty nihilistic world view, it has to be said.

Creating realistic characters or relationships has not been the author's strongest suit in this series, but the surviving characters have built some history over the course of the trilogy, and thereby acquired at least a little depth. For some of them, in fact, there are the beginnings of something more profound. Kemir's wavering between suicidal bravado and survival at all costs never seemed totally believable, but it does give his character an edge of pathos.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
Format: Paperback
To be honest I make no bones about having fallen for Stephens writing from the beginning. It has great hooks, it depends on character driven plot lines and the author is not above character's petty minded bloodbaths in order to reach goals. Add to this a story that whilst relatively short is one that packs a lot of punch for its weight and will more than please the readers with its gritty style which when backed with decent dialogue and superb prose makes it a hard book to put down.

All in a great end to the original trilogy and one that will more than fulfil the brief that many readers have been demanding. Finally with one trilogy under his belt and a high octane young adult series to follow I see Stephen remaining a firm fan favourite for years and one that really does do fantasy to a high standard. Yes he might not be for everyone as it is not the à la mode Epic that has become so popular but it's one that does what it does well with magical character description and depth of personality that make this a top notch series to help expand from YA Fantasy reading to the adult world. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis "LEC Book Reviews" on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
The story which began in The Adamantine Palace and grew in The King of the Crags reaches a fitting and fiery conclusion in this, The Order of the Scales. Notorious for his revival of Dragons as they should be - fierce and furious - Stephen Deas, in this final volume of the `Memory of Flames' trilogy, shows us that he is more than capable of putting an end to the entertaining tales he begins. On this final (for now) trip to the Dragon Realms, he offers us more of what we loved in the previous novels and blowing it up to a whole new scale. Dragon lovers, this one is, without a doubt, for you.

The Order of the Scales is, broadly, the epic clash that has been foreseeable since the first moment we set foot in the Dragon Realms. On top of rogue dragons, the previous two tomes have established a harsh political climate between the Dragon Kings and Queens as well as other mounting problems which means a final `venting' or the pressure that has built up across this world. On the political side, Jehal and Zafir are still in the forefront, but others continue to play significant parts in the scheming, back-stabbing and bickering. Hinted at mysteries which Deas has been holding back until now finally see the light of day in this third installment.

There is a discernible shift in this third novel, away from the court-side intrigue in favor of observing the consequences of the first two novels' actions on the characters. Kemir's dire condition is, perhaps, the best example of Deas's care for the characters, though his storyline did end - and appear to become insignificant - a bit too abruptly for my tastes. As mentioned, Jehal features prominently once again, and he exhibits the some of the greatest amounts of growth amongst all of the characters.
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