"It's like a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones." --George R. R. Martin
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden-and of war. Colossal plant-eaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meat-eaters like Allosaurus, and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from bat-sized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.
Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán's splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…except the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engage in battle. During the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac-and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.
About the Author
The Dinosaur Lords is the start of a sprawling epic fantasy series by VICTOR MILÀN, best known for his award winning novel Cybernetic Samurai. In previous worlds he's been a cowboy and Albuquerque's most popular all-night prog-rock DJ. He's never outgrown his childhood love of dinosaurs…and hopes you didn't either.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Dinosaur Lords" is unique. Dinosaurs and humans existing together seems completely natural and matter of fact. The characters develop well and consisently. Though the court intrigue is what one might expect there are surprises that put a refreshing new spin on old tropes. Plot lines are solid and well thought out. The reader is left wondering what will happen next. Almost anything I would say about the plot or characters would be a spoiler. If you can picture a battle with knights on allosaurs riding full tilt at each other, a paladin with a couldn't put it down and only stopped because it was 3:00AM. Buy it. I'm sure "Dinosaur Knights" will not disappoint either. I'm preordering it.
I had such high hopes for The Dinosaur Lords. While it’s marketed as Jurassic Park meets Game of Thrones, I was more excited about an “adult” version of Dinotopia. You known, dinosaurs and humans co-existing and all that (with maybe a bit of epic fantasy battle scenes thrown in for good measure). The story emerges from a place called Paradise. It’s never made clear if this is a fictional place on earth or another world entirely, or anything really. We know that the humans are there, the dinosaurs are there, and that’s that. For all the info dumps at the beginning of the book, I know next to nothing about the world, its history, or even the culture. Names are thrown around left and right (and now you have to know the dinosaur names and species and nicknames and all that ON TOP OF the characters). I contemplated keeping a list of some kind to keep it straight. It made reading the book very tedious. The Dinosaur Lords had a few good elements. It’s perfect if you’re looking for extensive fight scenes. . . with dinosaurs. I also saw the connection to A Game of Thones but mostly through the level of violence and explicit content. This book features a lot of adult language, rape, and gore (if those are triggering topics for you, I suggest avoiding this book). For me, it didn’t bother me from a reading standpoint but grew old as it seemed to be used more to get the reader’s attention than to really make an impact on the story. I was really annoyed by the lack of female characters and a further lack of page time that the ones that were included received. Of all the main characters that the story bounces between, Melodia is the only female of the bunch. A princess, she’s depicted as spoiled and headstrong, ignore by the men in her life. Her entire character growth seems to be that she’s realized that her servants are people too. That’s it. She has SO MUCH POTENTIAL and I want to see her get more time in future books because, to be honest, I didn’t care all that much about the other (male) characters. Except Karyl. He’s an odd one. A famous warrior who’s died more than once and has this very chill attitude but is super deadly? Yeah, I’m interested. Plus, his name seems to be the one that pops up with this series more and more yet he almost played a background role compared to the rest of the cast. There was also Falk and I’m not sure if he’ll get more scenes in the next book but he seemed to be just as complex as Karyl but more talkative. Frankly, I want him to rise up against mommy dearest and make decisions for himself but we shall see. As for the story. . . I didn’t really feel like a lot happened? It moved between characters so much that if the book focused on the events and just the events, it’d probably only be a quarter of the size. So the big question: would I recommend this book? It’s certainly something. Not what I was hoping for and I really need more of the few characters I did like (and who got the least about of scenes, coincidentally enough) to shine more in the next book. This was a very average read at best for me but I can’t recommend it without seeing if the sequel improves on it or not.