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Strong dragons, weak humans,
This review is from: The Adamantine Palace (Paperback)
The dragons in this book are great! The idea that they really are dangerous beasts, safely drugged into submission, works well and there is a growing sense of menace as one dragon regains her intelligence.
Sadly the humans are not as interesting as the dragons. The blurb claims "Machiavellian politics" at work here; but no. Instead we have loads of kings and queens, who seem to have no idea what even the word "politics" means, behaving very stupidly. Time and time again someone has an advantage, and carelessy throws it away, because they have no idea what to do next. Not one of the humans is a fully rounded character; they are all cardboard puppets, posturing unconvincingly. And no matter how strong the dragons are, these weak humans drag the novel down.