The Adamantine Palace
A pretty good read really. For easy to follow and the characters are fun for the most part. It's like 'how to train your Dragon' for adults.
The main character is but if a self centred git, A princess who is a tomboy dragon loving tough girl who you just know is going to end up with the Prince Git.
Basically Dragons are raised from the egg and given secret potions to keep them docile and subservient. But one escapes and goes rogue and ...more
This is the kind of book that I’m always searching for. A book with awesome badass sentient dragons. That’s all I need in a book and this one definitely delivers.
Thre is definitely more politics in this novel than action scenes but that is not a bad thing. There are very few likeable characters in this book but Stephen Deas has the ability to ensure you do not need to like them to want to read about them. In fact I found that the morally corrupt characters were far ...more
The Adamantine Palace is a mediocre effort in the field. It's not awful, like anything with "Dragonlance" i ...more
Published by Gollancz, March 2009 (ARC copy received)
Ah, Dragons! Otherworldly, yet surprisingly comforting.
So here we have a new book from a new writer that is pretty much about a medieval-style world with dragons. It’s probably a little quirky in that the title of the book doesn’t really reveal it is about dragons (though I suspect the cover will.) Although the Palace and its many eyries are an important setting for the novel, it ...more
Let's say this right off the bat: some fantasy novels currently fool themselves into being serious literary fiction. ...more
The Daily Telegraph's comment of "Dragons are restored to all their scaly, fire-breathing glory" just makes me wonder if anyone who writes for that paper has actually read much fantasy at all. The dragons are indeed fearsome and their actions and appearances are fairly well-done...albeit in a rather pri ...more
Prince Jehal is thinking of other things. Of pow ...more
Though all of the characters had logical reasons for their actions, I found it hard to like any of them and cheer them towards their goals. There was no 'good' character. Just a bunch of people trying to achieve something. Normally that would kill a bo ...more
After a somewhat slow start, the book took an exciting turn when one of the dragons starts communicating with the humans. The story really picks up here, and I thoroughly enjoyed the drama, conflict and the sec ...more
Fun and page turner where the main heroes are a traitorous and murderous Prince who has a way with Queens and Princesses and a mercenary who is willing to help a renegade dragon "liberate" the drugged dragons at the possible cost of civilization itself.
The seemingly straight-up characters - though with dark secrets of their own - are an easy target for manipulations, but it's just book one.
With an extra hundred pages this novel would have stood very high among the fantasies of 09; this way it ...more
The Adamantine Palace is a great set-up for an pocket court intrigue with enough characters to keep track of in your working-memory. Let's see, we've got Jehal (in no way similar to his doppleganger from the First Law series Jezzle), who is the obligatory tyrannical schemer. "'How could anyone not covet it? I simply don't understand.'" Then there's his conspirator-cum-nemesis ...more
The nobles' actual power in the world is based on their control of dragons. They breed dragons, ride dragons, fight on dragons, and decide who else gets to use dragons. The "B" plot of the story focuses on a growing threat to their exclusive access to dragons, and ...more
Fantasy readers can be a bit, well, snooty about how they take their dragons (fans are rarely ambivalent about the works of George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, and Naomi Novik, for instance), and Stephen Deas takes a chance by making those most misunderstood of fantasy elements the focus of his debut novel. Although Deas gives his imagination free rein in The Adamantine Palace and his short chapters (70 in a relatively brief book) keep things moving, critics call into question his world-buildin...more
Kind of sad, given all the glowing praise, but reading a few of the not-so-glowing reviews makes me think I made ...more
I might have continued despite all that, but i can't forgive a book about dragons that doesn't provide the imagery. They are not even described, it's just dragon.
Rating: 4 stars
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