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An outstanding debut novel that will take your breath away, as Dragons are brought vividly to life as never before,
This review is from: The Adamantine Palace (Paperback)
Stephen Deas is a master of fantasy writing and is one of the greatest authors of Dragon's in literature, from the deadly and fearsome to the magnificent and majestic. Once I began to read this incredible debut novel there was no turning back for I had lost myself forever in his world of magic, myth and horror that was like nothing I had ever encountered before. Great Knights and Kings of powerful kingdoms, politics and battling for power and supremacy over all this is an epic tale that is on such a grand scale as to impress. Within these lands Dragons rule over the skies seen in all their scaly, fire-breathing glory; magnificent beasts that are both looked upon with fear and awe. This is a novel that will astonish its originality and brilliance that overwhelms you entirely, as any immense epic would do. As fantastical as Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin or Paolini but in a completely different league that I personally feel is unmatchable and most distinctive. Action packed one is taken on the most thrilling journey that is wrought with fear for these impressive beasts, as well as letting the mind wander and explore all the possibilities of this amazing new world that is brought so clearly to life before your very eyes. With all the ingredients of an impressive fantasy work (from magic to battles, myth and conflict in addition to unique, unusual creatures), Stephen Deas has produced something that is so impressive. This book I can honestly say will appeal to all fans of this genre, whether you enjoy older works of fantasy such as Tolkien, Robin Hobb or Raymond E Feist's or more contemporary fantasy that is current as just as relevant in today's modern world. I was unable to put this book down as it kept me sat on the edge of my seat in suspense throughout, hence afterwards I sought out other books by Deas, including those other novels not connected to Dragons. I urge you to read this and be amazed for you will be stunned after only the first few pages, with language and storyline both as deep and complex as to make an impression on any reader.
There was a time when Dragons ruled the world and were considered deadly predators to all human prey, but not anymore as they have now been controlled and restrained. They are the mounts for great Knights and prized possessions that fortify every aristocratic family within the new kingdom. The empire is wealthy, greedy and full of unsatisfied men who are prepared to do the most dreadful and unspeakable things to fulfill their desire, yearning for more. One such man murders the king; he murders his father, his own lover and then beds his dead lover's daughter. With a Dragon roaming freely the corresponding threats of man and beast could spell disaster for the entire kingdom, its people and the Dragons. With rivals queuing up to claim the sought after throne and position of ruling monarch over the kingdom, all the pieces soon fall into place and the greatest adventure of all begins...
I would also recommend the breathtaking sequel to The Adamantine Palace, which is also a truly remarkable read (The King of Crags).