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great originality and story telling,
This review is from: The Black Mausoleum (Memory of Flames 4) (Hardcover)
The first thing that strikes you about this book, and the whole series is the amazing art work. So many books sit gathering dust on the shelf in bookshops, with bland covers rehashing some old formulaic imaging. Not so the fantastic visuals on this series.
This is not your average series with dragons, this is a whole new world, with just as much imagination and skill in world building as the greats like Tolkien. Every aspect has been examined, thought about, written and brought to life. Characters as realistic as real world people you know. You come to love some hate others, a true writing talent. When a writer can bring all of this together it brings to the fore all of the senses when reading, you see the sights, feel the ground and sky, taste the air and the world and you feel all of the emotions of all the characters.
There are very few writers who can do this, and for me many less in fantasy, which has many re-imaginings/ rehashing, borrowing from other series.
So if you want great originality and story telling then buy this book, this series.
Two years have passed since the events of the Order of the Scales. Across the realms, dragons are still hatching. Hatching, and hatching free. Skorl is an Ember, a soldier trained from birth to fight dragons. He is a living weapon, one-shot only, saturated with enough dragon-poison to bring down a monster all on his own. Misanthrope, violent and a drunk, to fulfil his purpose and slay a dragon, means to be eaten. Now Skorl has a choice: he can hang for his crimes, or he can go with the last of the Adamantine Men, fighting against an enemy he was born to face. Rat is an Outsider. He's on the run and he's stumbled onto something that's going to make him rich beyond all his dreams. It's just a shame that the end of the world has started without him. Kataros is an alchemist, one of the order responsible for keeping the dragons in check. One of the order that has just failed, and disastrously so. Two men, one woman. One chance to save the world from a storm of dragons ...