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The Dinosaur Knights

(The Dinosaur Lords #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  99 reviews
"It's like a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones." --George R. R. Martin

Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often cruel world. There are humans on Paradise but dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden, and of war. Armored knights ride dinosaurs to battle legions of war-trained Triceratops and their upstart peasant crews.

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Tor Books
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The Shayne-Train It was a rip off of A Song of Ice and Fire the way that series is a rip off of Tolkien's work. As in, one came before the other, and paved the way. Da…moreIt was a rip off of A Song of Ice and Fire the way that series is a rip off of Tolkien's work. As in, one came before the other, and paved the way. Dat's it, yo.(less)

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Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is 3.5 stars.

While The Dinosaur Lords had a few problems, overall, I felt Victor Milán did a very competent job of introducing readers to his creation, the world of Paradise, with its dinosaur knights, political intrigues, and shadowy origins, so I couldn’t wait to read book two. And, now that I have, I can honestly say two things. One, The Dinosaur Knights is a fitting sequel, filled with more action, more deaths, and more shocking moments. And, tw
I enjoyed the first volume, The Dinosaur Lords, but the second volume The Dinosaur Knights is better. The world is already established, the reader knows the main characters, and the action is already underway. The dinosaurs continue to be awesome and the “rules” of their behaviour in Paradise (our non-Earth setting) are refined a bit. Now it is clear to me why the Tyrannosaurs don’t run amok. What is less clear (and may be fodder for future installments) is who exactly the Creators are and what ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic, review-copy
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

After my wonderful time with Victor Milán’s The Dinosaur Lords last year, I was understandably quite anxious to take on the sequel The Dinosaur Knights. However, there were some aspects with this follow-up that made me think the honeymoon period might be coming to an end. While I still love the epic-fantasy-meets-dinosaurs premise behind this series, admittedly the magic has faded somewhat due to this book’s uneven pacing
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Review for The Dinosaur Lords here

This book was a marked improvement over the first on the series. I think the reason for this is two fold. First, we just know more about the world this takes place in now, so less of the text has to be dedicated to explaining the world and cultures. Not that it doesn't take time to further expand on it, just that these passages are a bit less forced:
All the Towers of Nuevaropa, Mayor y Menor, were equal before Imperial law. But the Spañoles were, as the sayin
The Shayne-Train
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aye Dios mio, this was such a rollicking and epic book! And not 'epic' in the dumb, ubiquitously thrown around frat-boy way. No. No no no. Look up the definition. THAT. That right there.

I was worried it would take me a while to remember characters and their arcs, since it had been a while since I read the first book. Nope. Came right back. Huzzah.

There isn't a POV character in this amazing and dinosaur-filled book that I wasn't glad to spend time with. Even the "villain," as it were, was too bus
after a long introduction in the Dinosaur Lords (see my two reviews of that one, on publication and now - -) and until about half way here, the book gets really, really good and makes it worth getting there; don't want to spoil too much as the "real" story only starts around page 200 of this one, but when it does the series goes up a notch to top level in today's fantasy, the book is impossible to put down, dinosaurs finally become really important and no ...more
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Marc Jentzsch
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dinosaurs
I am still really torn on this.

1) I love dinosaurs. Always have. As a kid I could name anything you could point at. While my skills are greatly diminished these days, I will always love them. Apatasaurs will always be Brontosaurs in my heart.

2) I love fantasy books, particularly ones that include a nice big epic battle sequence that isn't just blown off. I love the magic, the monsters, the bravery and heroism, the strength of will and sense of wonder. I really like when there is no chosen one cr
I actually enjoyed this one far less than the first. Have no fear, I intend to read the third book, and there are parts of this book that are great.

As many other reviewers have pointed, this book does pass the Bechel test. When the women talk to each other, they do not talk about men.

And yet, there is something off about the women in the book. We are given several characters to follow, of those, the only woman is Melodia, who was wonderful in the first book but seems to have been dosed with stup
Jun 28, 2017 marked it as dnf
George R. R. Martin succeeded where Victor Milán failed. Introducing families/houses and their relationship/conflict with one and another isn't that easy and it shows in Milán's writing.When he introduces a character through the eyes of one of his MC's he'll go way overboard with the information drop.
Same goes for the description of his "artillery" and army. When he doesn't go into the teeny-tiniest detail, he falls into repetitiveness to show said character's pride in his or her accomplishments
Cassandra L. Manna
Somehow this book was worse than the first. Don’t bother reading it. It’s confusing. There are paragraphs that contradict themselves from beginning to end and huge parts of the plot line are to be assumed apparently: girl hates old man leader, three chapters about other people later, girl idolizes old man leader because he’s so great right? WHEN did that happen? HOW did that happen? That’s against human nature without a catalyst for change in opinion that was never written about. Don’t read it.


DNF’ed at 33%. This really underwhelmed me after The Dinosaur Lords. While TDL also had a slow first half and notable Male Fantasy Writer issues vis á vis the female characters, it still kept me engaged and I finished the book.

In TDK, the pacing and male gaze and characterization issues were so bad I put the book down. The characters were my breaking point. Most remain aggressively static or even go backward. Melodía is still a whiny teenager despite the potential for growth we saw in the last
Because duh. This author better not have screwed up the idea though. Gotta read the first one first.
Mike Thompson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very bad. Couldn't get through it ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Dinosaur Knights is a strong sequel to its predecessor, and many of the issues like pacing, world-building, and character development has some improvement. I enjoyed this more than The Dinosaur Lords. There is sufficient action and a delayed amount of suspense running through the story.

The novel begins right after Princess Melodia's escape, and Karyl and Rob going to Providence. Here, we get a detailed view of the Garden of Beauty and Truth, and its philosophy which so much upsets the Pope a
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish; The way the women characters are written is too disgusting. ...more
I wanted to like this book; at least a 3-star. It is just that I do not remember ever feeling defiled, debased, or dirty while reading a book in the past. This book has good moments; it has "incredible" moments in it, but the amount of sewage one has to wade through to find the "good moments" is crazy. There are moments when I thought it had good/decent character development. Some of the "action scenes" were pretty good. I loved the Triceratopses and how they were utilized in the book (after the ...more
The Critiquing Chemist
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Back in May when I was reading Milan’s first book in this series, The Dinosaur Lords, I had lamented that through the first half of the story it felt as though I had found myself mid series in a complex world, in which I didn’t know enough of the finer details to fully immerse as a reader. Regardless, this grievance was alleviated by the end of this inaugural book in the series, resulting in an eager and curious anticipation for the release of the follow-up novel, The Dinosaur Knights. Having th ...more
4.6 Stars

Alright, I finished this book a bit ago and I haven't been working on a stable review, so this is gonna be messy. I had more things I liked about this book than things I disliked, so I'll start with the things I liked.

Things I Liked:
Melodia's character development. At first, she was a whiny princess who couldn't do anything on her own. Now she's stable, intelligent (street-smart wise), and understandable. I was a bit frustrated when Melodia started to become the overall 'main charact
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Significantly better than the first volume. The comparison I see all the time is "Game of Thrones meets Jurassic Park!" but the only thing it has in common with Jurassic Park is the presence of dinosaurs; there's no actual, significant content or subtext similarities. (Its almost like people don't analyze any deeper than OMG THERE'S A T-REX.) To me, its more similar to Pern meets Westeros - what seems to be a low-fantasy setting is actually a futuristic sci-fi setting, with an alien outside forc ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
I found out mid-book that the author to this book series died after finishing the third book in a planned six book series. RIP Victor Milán.

Still, this is going to be my take on the book as it stands now. And, to be honest, I liked the first book more. In the first book of any series, you can rely more on world building as it's an entirely new world to show your readers. In the second book, a lot of that novelty of new things goes away. And, honestly, what was left in this book just wasn't that
M. P.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's worth mentioning that this series was supposed to be six books long, but due to the author's untimely death due to cancer, only three were published. The next part after this is, hence, the last, and only wraps up the first half of the intended storyline.

Despite there being a lot more going on, I actually didn't like this book as much as I liked the first part. Granted, I read the first part five years ago, and knights riding dinosaurs hit the dinosaur and knight loving three year old that
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Second entry and a lot of fun in this "Paradise" full of humans, dinosaurs, Angels, Creators, and conquered resistance called Fae. Most people don't know the reality behind their world, or even believe in their actual Creators, and ignore even their actual history. Much of this book is about lifting part of the veil, realizing the Grey Angels are real, and either joining in their interference or resisting it. The Garden faction in Providence has hired Karyl and Rob to lead an army to defend them ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I did it! I finally finished this book! I bought it a long time ago and then stopped reading. This year, because of the pandemic and because I had finished all my other books, I decided to give this a second chance... did not take long for me to remember why I almost gave up on it.

The characters are just strange. All of them have moments of glory, funny lines and all that, but when you stop to think, it's quite hard to find any reason to sympathise with them. The women are especially dull, and t
Zachary Waxman
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first entry. Focus is on Melodia is a constant whiner and there isn't an appearance in the book where she constantly uses her rape to define her. Sloppy character development on that part. More actions scenes which were good. More dinosaurs which was excellent. However this go around there's more focus on meaningless sex. I think some guy is killed when he's forced to go down on a massive dong.

This novel really concludes the set up in the first novel, but leaves with a mystery
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
In this second installment, things are as confusing as ever. I was a bit disappointing because the pacing is frankly weird, and there’s a lot of boring long battles. I feel like Victor Milan tried a bit too hard to be Game of Thrones with Dinosaurs instead of focusing on stuff he’s actually good at, and that’s a shame. Overall I still liked the book, because Melodia’s character gets more fleshed out and increasingly more badass, and because the ending was great and left me wanting for the third ...more
Christian Freed
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This got weird quick. The first half sort of trudged on but about halfway through it took a wild swing in the opposite direction and went into full blown action mode. I wasn't a fan of the parts where the dinosaur was the main character- seriously, seemed a bit ridiculous, but the story was good and enough to keep me reading. I only wonder how many more the publisher has lined up since the author passed away earlier this year. ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-fantasy
Still an entertaining series, and if you've come this far 'Knights Riding Dinosaurs' won't cut it anymore. The whole 'Game of Thrones' meets 'Jurassic Park' falls apart here. I would discribe this book more as: 'Codex Alera' with Dinosaurs instead of Pokemon Expies. With the whole twist and all.

Better characterisation then last time around. Writing's improving. Still mostly a simply entertaining read.
Avery LuBell
A good sequel, but for some reason not as engrossing as the first? I admit that could entirely be a Me thing. But I found that the descriptions of dinosaur-rider combat were new and exciting in the first book, and tedious repetition in this one. I found Melodia to not be treated seriously enough, for the whole book to be more vulgar than the first... Nitpicky things. And I found the central conflict to be too derivative of Game of Thrones. Can we say "White Walkers"? ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
I feel like this book would have been a better read than a listen. The narrator takes me out of the story, it may be better on a second listen but I couldn't tell you what happened in this sequel. It has been about a month since I listened to, so that mitigates it a bit. I will still continue with the series as I hope the next one will improve. ...more
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Victor Woodward Milán is an American writer known for libertarian science fiction and an interest in cybernetics. In 1986 he won the Prometheus Award for Cybernetic Samurai. He has also written several shared universe works for the Forgotten Realms, Star Trek, and Wild Cards Universes. He has also written books under the pseudonyms Keith Jarrod, Richard Austin (Jove Books The Guardians series), Ro ...more

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