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The Standing Dead (The Stone Dance of the Chameleon #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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The second book in Ricardo Pinto's dark fantasy trilogy, the Stone Dance of the Chameleon, begins right where the first book (The Chosen) left off. Masters Carnelian and Obsidian (who is the God Emperor elect) are drugged and trapped in urns, about to be buried alive. The two lovers are then kidnapped out of the imperial capital of Osrakum by s
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Tor Books (first published 2002)
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Eduardo Fernandes
Acabei de reler Os Guardiães dos Mortos.

Enquanto no primeiro livro vemos Carmellian conhecer os hábitos de seu próprio povo, encontrar o amor e cair com ele; neste segundo volume vemo-lo do lado de fora do paraíso, sofrendo as mesmas desigualdades provocadas pelos seus iguais.

O livro é um caminho rumo ao renascimento. Carmellian começa junto com os mais baixos dentre todos os seres, os Sartlar, para depois tornar-se um dos homens das planícies e, por fim, perceber que não importando seus desejos
John Eich
Apr 18, 2011 John Eich rated it liked it
Much better than the first book of the series (The Chosen), in that the plot moves rapidly along, and the text not burdened by endless scene and clothing descriptions. The cosmology, political/social history and timeline of this world are very original and impressive in their depth. The characters continue to be compelling and complex, a beacon that draws one through the constant erosion of everything sacred as depicted in the beginning.

The first part of the book paints a lifestyle on the plains
Ryan Lawler
Apr 08, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it
The Standing Dead is the second book in Ricardo Pinto's The Stone Dance of the Chameleon series, published by Bantam in 2002. In the first book, The Chosen, Pinto created an amazing, complex, and wonderous world complete with an intricate society, intriguing politics and a facinating history. As such, there is a lot of assumed knowledge that the reader should possess in order to fully appreciate what has been offered in The Standing Dead.

The story picks up immediately after the events of The Cho
Found a copy from a secondhand bookshop, so I've no idea what's happening when I started this, since it's book2 already. Concrete worlding, a promise of dragons, a sympathetic father, some interesting characters, homo-erotic romance...I should love this book already.

But I didn't. The social structure turns me off: this picks up where the first book left off and previous knowledge is required for the reader not to get lost in Mr Pinto's carefully made world. There are just so many social niceties
Jun 03, 2011 Devi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Hard reading. This volume was unremitting angst. The main character never gets a break (half due to his naivety and idealism, which was somewhat frustrating, and half due to the violent and uncompromising world he inhabits) and horrible things happen almost without relief. There isn't even any love to lighten the journey. It was just pain and struggle and heartache and loss. I certainly hope that the character comes into his own in the third (and last) book, because I really don't want to h ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
This installment of the The Stone Dance of the Chameleon rises above the first as a much stronger, much more effective tale than the first. Its violence and horror stem from the plot, its strong characterizations believably intensifying with the thousand twists and turns of its lengthy story. The passivity of the narrator still galls as he repeatedly fails to do anything to change the course of terrifying events. Is it his love for Osidian that keeps him from thwarting his crazy plans? Or is it ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Shanna rated it really liked it
Some of the fight scenes were difficult to slog through, full of so very much detail. Parts of the story slogged on- it took a bit of figuring to realize that YEARS were going by and not days or months. The story is very good, quite a bit different from the typical fantasy story where we watch a child grow from normal kid into Our Epic Hero/ine. The author gives so much detail for everything- yet most of the time I had to continue reading through to (hopefully) get to the explanations. I know th ...more
Karen Dales
Jul 26, 2011 Karen Dales rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Ricardo Pinto does it again! I’ve read this book before and reading it again proved how much incredible detail of the visual spectacle that sends Carnelian from the luxuriously cruel lands of his people into the barbaric world where the slaves are tithed. It is there that his gentle and caring heart binds him to the Ocher, a tribe that lives in the Earthsky. To save the people he has come to love he must find his way out of the machinations of his former lover, Osidian, who was banished with him ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I should have read this one earlier. I read book 1 7 YEARS AGO! The reason why I never read on was because book 1 was crap. But I had book 2 and 3 sitting in my shelf. SIGH. So I tried, was confused and gave up. At least I try, now I can get rid of them
I can't say if the book deviated from the first, if something in me changed, or if I was just having a bad day, but the first book in this series is spectacular and this, the second book, depressed me. I never finished it.
I actually haven't read this one 'cause the first one was disgusting. However since I have it on my shelf, I decided to add it. However I don't intend to neither read it and even less buy the 3rd book.
Aug 05, 2012 Caleb rated it did not like it

The first book in the series was amazing and a cliffhanger. However this book was too weird and dark and just plain odd for my tastes.
Jul 04, 2012 Sandrus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Custou-me muito a terminar este. Duas estrelas pelo mundo em si e ideias originais que contém.
Jan 19, 2011 Neida rated it it was amazing
Very fitting continuation to The Chosen. I absolutely adored the Poppy character!
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Jul 24, 2011 Host Samurai rated it liked it
Very interesting twists and turn. Osidian's dark path is mesmerizing.
Feb 01, 2011 Shadowsword rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-star
leider erscheint der dritte Band nicht auf deutsch.
Feb 09, 2011 Francisco rated it liked it
Ao estilo do Tolkien, rico em intriga e descrição de um novo mundo.
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