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The Adamantine Palace

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by Stephen Deas
 

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A "remarkable debut" (Locus) from the "new Dragon Lord in town" (Gareth Wilson, Falcata Times).

The power of the Realms depends on its dragons. With their terrifying natures, they are ridden by the aristocracy and bred for hunting and war. But as dangerous political maneuverings threaten the complacency of the empire, a single dragon has gone

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A "remarkable debut" (Locus) from the "new Dragon Lord in town" (Gareth Wilson, Falcata Times).

The power of the Realms depends on its dragons. With their terrifying natures, they are ridden by the aristocracy and bred for hunting and war. But as dangerous political maneuverings threaten the complacency of the empire, a single dragon has gone missing. And even that one dragon-returned to its full intelligence and fury-could spell disaster for the Realms...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Deas’s dragon-riding fantasy debut lumbers along as sinister Prince Jehal, called the Viper, connives, seduces, poisons, and murders his way to the throne of the Kingdom of the Endless Sea. The story only leaves well-trodden fictional ground when unique white dragon Snow begins to communicate telepathically with her handler, Kailin. Neither cuddly or companionable, dragons in this world are violent fire-breathers who have been tranquilized by alchemists and forced to serve aristocrats for war and hunting. Snow’s dreams of freedom ignite her urge to incinerate humans and all their works, and she brings other dragons into her quest to destroy the alchemists forever. Played off against villainous Jehal and repetitive palace intrigues, Deas’s dragons provide fitful shuddery glimpses into alien minds, a few brief fireworks in an otherwise commonplace performance. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Controlled by an alchemical potion that blunts their ferocity, the dragons of the Realms serve as hunting beasts and war mounts as well as valuable tokens of wealth in the game of politics. Both Prince Jehal and Queen Shezira desire power and seek it through murder or marriage until a missing white dragon signals the onset of serious trouble in the Realms. Deas's debut fantasy features dragons that are wild and powerful when left to their own devices, and his characters are both diverse and complex. VERDICT Dragon-based fiction is popular, and fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, and other dragon tales should enjoy this well-written fantasy debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451463135
Publisher:
Roc Hardcover
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
MEMORY OF FLAMES Series , #1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 6.42(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Deas is the author of the short story "The Snow Fox". The Adamantine Palace is his first novel.

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The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A written masterpiece, this book is complex, has many different parts to the story, and a bit of romance and drama. It is a very good storyline and will have you caught in it, even though the first chapters may be confusing. Some of the characters are good and evil, and you will be picking sides as if the story was real. I am very sarisfied and I cant wait to read the second one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Prince Jehal is known as the Viper because of his vicious march to sit on the throne of the Kingdom of the Endless Sea. He poisoned potential rivals and tortured those reluctant to support his claim. The Viper allowed no opposition to survive his reign of terror. At the same time that the Viper murders his way to the crown, the white dragon Snow telepathically communicates with her handler Kailin. Snow wants freedom for herself and her dragon compatriots. However, alchemists know the damage these fire exhaling beasts can cause if allowed to soar drugless. Snow rebels and gains supporters with her plan to burn their enemy alchemists and other human supporters to include a viperous monarch who use them as weapons of war. To the trepidation of everyone in the realm she escapes captivity as her dream begins to gel into reality. This is an interesting fantasy when the story line focuses on the dragons especially Snow as the readers obtain a different mindset yet a thirst for freedom that rings similar to the humans who hold them captured through drugs. When Jehal is on the center stage, the plot feels like a zillion others before it and slows down comparatively speaking. Still with Snow soaring the skies over the Kingdom of the Endless Sea, fans will want to fly with her; just avoid her flame throwing. Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. The story is more of the political side with how their dragons became enslaved...and how they start to fight back. But first you have to deal with all the Royalty and who is number one.im excited to read book 2, but dont know if i will spend $8 or go to library tomorrow for books 2&3.
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vwhis More than 1 year ago
The story was a little confusing in the beginning, but I preservered and I am especially glad that I did. Mystery, intrigue and a really good romp into a realm of dragons. I haven't finished the first book yet, but I am on pins and needles knowing I have to wait until Feb. to get the second book then a third. Stephen Deas is very gifted at story-telling. He has stretched his magic and in my opinion, he is gifted in the magic of telling a good story. Thank you, Mr Deas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only complaint with this book is that I started reading it before the third book in the trilogy was released. I quickly read the first two and am now stuck waiting for the third. Extremely good read, I would highly recommend.
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Loved it
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