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The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames Book 1) by [Deas, Stephen]
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The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Memory of Flames (6 Book Series)

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Deas does scary dragons very well. The plot moves along briskly and surprises occur. Promising enough and neatly set up for a sequel. (Jonathan Wright SFX)

[Dragons] are restored to all their scaly, fire-breathing glory. The tale rattles along at a nifty pace with action and intrigue. (Peter Ingham THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

With the dragon's destructive abilities never far from his mind [Deas] puts on a good show. The story runs like a whippet, while its politics keep up the amusement with Jehal's relentless treachery. This is a better first book than many, and good fun. (Francis Smallfield DEATHRAY)

The Adamantine Palace is a fast, furious and entertaining book that grabs hold of the reader and whisks them off like a rollercoaster. The dragons, as promised, indeed kick ass and the book's ending is enticing enough to make the year-long-wait for the second volume feel irritating. (THE WERTZONE)

"In short: dragons, intrigue, poison, mercenaries and a Big Dark History. If you like that sort of thing then this is definitely worth a look. (SANDSTORM REVIEWS)

Full of everything that I like about fantasy right now; strong characters, a complex plot and loads of dragons. These dragons are brutal and vicious predators that are only held in check by human ingenuity, Deas does a great job of showing the reader just what these animals are capable of and that's before they are freed from captivity... When that happens, Deas ramps things up to a completely different level with awesome displays of draconic power and cunning. (GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)

It is a difficult thing to write a novel that uses many of the icons of High Fantasy and make it enjoyable; this is something though that Stephen has done here. The book is an entertaining mix of Pern and Westeros, with the knowing characterisation of Abercrombie and the endearment of Novik. (SFF WORLD)

Giving the book its edgier, more contemporary look meanwhile, are the characters and plot. At first glance, a cast of scheming princes and queens, over the hill kings, and money-hungry sell-swords may seem overly familiar, but Stephen does a great job of constantly surprising the reader. It's a fun and entertaining debut that will appeal to fans of both classic and contemporary fantasy. In short, Gollancz has discovered another winner. (FANTASY BOOK CRITIC)

"Roll over McCaffrey, there's a new Dragon Lord in town." (Gareth Wilson FALCATTA TIMES)

....a busy, fast-paced narrative. (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)

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Betrayal, deceit, savage power-plays, brutal politics and dragons. The arrival of an exciting new talent on the fantasy scene.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575083751
  • Publisher: Gollancz; UK ed. edition (19 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VBV1L8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: 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.Read more ›
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Format: Kindle Edition
I generally like the idea of the story and the world that has been created. the dragons are nice as well and their history too. however, the humans and their world are a massive letdown. the whole story turns around a handfull of humans and their power play; the rest of the world is forgotten. you learn nothing of the common people, what the world looks like "on the ground". all you hear about are castles, fortresses, the sky and clouds. the politics that are taking place are meaningless because they have no impact on the world, it's all about personal gain of a few people. the alliances are not explored in depth, the links between the main characters are too weak, the politics don't draw you in, the characters are too shallow.

i like the concept and the idea behind the story, but it would have been nicer to explore the story in more depth. i was hoping that this issue was because this book was a debut and the sequel might be better. so I read the second book as well, but it doesn't get better, unfortunately. this book is not for me.
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Format: Hardcover
With Dragons having been done to death in the fantasy world, a new author always has to come up with something new to thrill and fascinate the reader. After all we've been treated to the mythical beast in many forms from the Dragon Riders of Pern to the Napoleonic War with dragons in Temeraire. So what has Stephen brought to the fore that changes this from the typical formulaic approach?

Firstly the dragons are enslaved to mankind and then only to the nobility who use them shamelessly more as horses than beasts of intelligence, yet it isn't until one of the beasts shakes off the effects of millennia of human drugs that we get to see the creature in all its glory as a small band of humans aid the White Dragon in seeking freedom for all.

Secondly we have a tale that blends mystery, intrigue and above all politic double dealing that will confuse and surprise any readers as the intricate politics of court twist and turn more than a snake doing the Twist with a whole host of fully formed three dimensional characters. Top it off with a Spartan descriptive style so the reader can jump straight into the main course (and a side dish of revenge) and you've got a book to thrill the readers of numerous ages.

The books fun, the books lively and above all it's a different take that allows the readers to get behind the underdog (in this case the dragons) as well as fulfilling the needs and wants of a modern reader. Roll over McCaffrey, there's a new Dragon Lord in town.
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Format: Paperback
There is a lot of promise in this book. A truly malevolent and ruthless cast list. A fast moving story with a twisting and turning plot line...and yet the author somehow fails to harness all this potential and something was missing. I never quite got those feverish page turning attacks that keep the bedside light glowing late into the night. Also I never really cared that much when cast members died and I was never sure who's side I was on.

I felt the dialogue was a little stilted and predictable and the characterisation a little flacid when compared to masters like Abercrombie and GRR Martin.

I would normally groan a bit at the use of Dragons, but they here, the best part of the story and I liked the idea of them awakening from their drugged state and discovering their true nature. The story ended with enough going on to finally kindle my interest just as it was ending. I have the next book in the series and will definately read it in the not too distant future, but I will be hoping for a bit more colour and excitement.
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