The King of the Crags Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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With excellent and realistic characters, the plot races along with more action and intrigue then you can shake a stick at (British Fantasy Society)
The empire is falling, the dragons are on the rise - a superb new fantasy series for all fans of George R.R. Martin.See all Product Description
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The King of the Crags is the follow-up to last year's Adamantine Palace. In my review of the first book, I cited the author's furious pace as being a major plus, but it might have come at the expense of the more detailed worldbuilding required to make an epic fantasy novel really shine (although there are plenty of other fantasy books where such worldbuilding takes over and bogs down the narrative, so it's a difficult balancing act). Also, with 70 chapters in 350 pages, the pace was a little too fast and furious at times.
The sequel is a stronger work. 50 chapters in 370 pages means events are given more weight, characters have more time to develop and the world is able to come through a lot more. The addition of a map helps the reader place the various locations and work out the significance of one realm's power and allegiances over another, whilst characters are more fully fleshed-out and developed. Deas even has time for some metatextual commentary on how dragons are treated in other fantasy novels (the line about the docile dragons being ponies with wings was quite amusing, and a common criticism of other fantasy novels), which works better when we get to see the wild dragons, who are considerably more alien in thought and deed, in action.Read more ›
And then it's straight into new characters, new directions, a new religion even, and the fallout from book one, and - hmm, suddenly it's all a bit dull. Whenever the dragons are around, it's terrific, but I'm just not that into the humans. Trouble is, they're either very mad or very shallow, and all of them are slightly flat, and when it's just the same old deviousness as in book one, it feels a bit repetitious.
The fast pace of the first book is much more uneven here, so that there are moments of breathtaking action interspersed with long passages of quite dull description ('To the north, he could see... And to the east...'). Yawn. Especially when a lot of it seemed to contradict the map (and I don't think I had the map upside down). And quite a lot of the backstory came out by means of one character explaining it at length to another, or, worse, soliloquising (or, as often seemed to happen, talking to himself in a dream - lots of dreams in this series). It's not that it was uninteresting, in fact some of it was fascinating (the bits about dragons - the family history was just laundry lists of names), but it did slow the action down.Read more ›
Beautifully written, excellently plotted and above all a descriptiveness for the world that is almost photographic. Bind that with a passion for the scope of the tale and you really will not go far wrong. As a now firmly established fan of the series, I really cannot wait to see where it goes. If you like political manipulation, cracking combat and a massacres worth of blood with solid storytelling then few do it like Deas. A real pleasure.
Well, what a great read this one was! I thought The Adamantine Palace an excellent first novel but found the list of family trees indispensable as there were SO MANY CHARACTERS thrown at me at once. Unlike many others, I felt no real need for a map but I do like the `Mappa Mundi' touch with East at the top - wonderfully confusing.
It's quite rare for me to enjoy a sequel more than the first in a series but perhaps it was because I now have the main characters fixed in my ageing brain. The pace slows a little but there is still plenty of action; we have more time for conjecture and learn a few secrets. Prince Jehal has matured a great deal and we get to spend so much time right in his head that I have really warmed to him now. He was already my favourite in the first book [a lovely `Alan Rickman' type of villain] so I was pleased to see him again in KOC. I felt Jaslyn could have played a more prominent part. OK, she was understandably grief stricken on losing her favourite dragon but she spends too much of the book in the background. However, she's certainly improving her knowledge of dragon history so perhaps she's saving herself for Book 3. Zafir continues to be Zafir in this book. I dislike her and am probably meant too but, at the same time, it's always intriguing to try and work out exactly what she's up to. We're not let in on her thoughts so it's sometimes difficult to see the method in her madness. She's obviously thoroughly enjoying herself manipulating and inflicting a great deal of unnecessary suffering on others like a female Vlad the Impaler.Read more ›
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Whilst definitely epic, in multiple definitions of the word, anyone will find this book enjoyable and a good follow up to the Adamantine Palace, regardless of its pace.Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by HWhiskeyFoxtrot
So happy that I found these novels! I highly recommend them, they are written to a high standard and are VERY dynamic!Published on 13 July 2013 by Laura
The pace of the story is carefully measured, never too slow, often fast and always keeping you reading all the way through. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by CaroleHeidi
The first book had potential, but the realization didn't quite hold up. I was hoping that was because it was a debut and that the second book would become better, i.e. Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by Katharina Danielski
I found this second book a little harder to get into than the first. But once into the swing of it, it was another 'cant put down'. Read morePublished on 23 May 2012 by LB555
The King of the Crags has interesting characters, a detailed and well worked-out setting, and a plot that kept me turning the pages to the end and wanting more once I had reached... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2012 by Dr. A. R. Jones