The Adamantine Palace

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Gollancz, 2009 - Dragons - 369 pages
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The Adamantine Palace lies at the centre of an empire that grew out of ashes. Once dragons ruled the world and man was little more than prey. Then a way of subduing the dragons alchemicly was discovered and now the dragons are bred to be little more than mounts for knights and highly valued tokens in the diplomatic power-players that underpin the rule of the competing aristocratic houses. The Empire has grown fat.And now one man wants it for himself. A man prepared to poison the king just as he has poisoned his own father. A man prepared to murder his lover and bed her daughter. A man fit to be king?But uknown to him there are flames on the way. A single dragon has gone missing. And even one dragon on the loose, unsubdued, returned to its full intelligence, its full fury, could spell disaster for the Empire. But because of the actions of one unscrupulous mercenary the rivals for the throne could soon be facing hundreds of dragons . . .Stephen Deas has written a fast moving and action-fuelled fantasy laced with irony, a razor sharp way with characters, dialogue to die for and dragons to die by.

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Review: The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames #1)

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In this novel, Stephen Deas attempts to spin two plot threads along side by side. The first: Machiavellian intrigue abounds at the Adamantine court, complete with scheming princes, powerful women ... Read full review

Review: The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames #1)

User Review  - Jacey - Goodreads

I expected to like this a lot and I was disappointed to find that I didn't. I appreciate that redemption may yet come in subsequent books, but none of the characters redeem themselves - even a little ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Stephen Deas was born in 1968. He once set fire to Wales. Well one bit of Wales. Twice. When not burning principalities he played too much D&D. Despite this he managed to study theoretical physics at Cambridge, get a job at BAE, marry and have two children. He now lives in Essex. With THE ADAMANTINE PALACE he plans to return to his first love; of setting fire to things.

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