[The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF

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Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download The Adamantine Palace review ó 103 Ligence and fury it could wreak havoc Also actions of an unscrupulous mercenary may loose hundreds of drago. 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 subseuent books but none of the characters redeem themselves even a little bit by the end of the first book The bad guy or perhaps the slightly worse guy since there don t seem to be any good guys winsThe plot centres around the election of a new Speaker a kind of king of kings who reigns in the Adamantine Palace for a ten year term It should be a foregone conclusion Hyram the outgoing speaker is ill and according to an ancient pact ueen Shazira will be his successor but Prince Jezal whose own father seems to be afflicted with the same illness as Hyram but much advanced has other ideas We know he seems to be up to something devious but the detail of his actual intent is hidden until the end I checked the author s website This is the start of a trilogy but I won t read on sorry This is not like Joe Abercrombie whose characters might be a bunch of twisted evil bastards but they are ones you can care about The Lost Lupin redemption may yet come in subseuent books but none of the characters Chrysanthemum redeem themselves even a little bit by the end of the first book The bad guy or perhaps the slightly worse guy since there don t seem to be any good guys winsThe plot centres around the election of a new Speaker a kind of king of kings who After the Falls reigns in the Adamantine Palace for a ten year term It should be a foregone conclusion Hyram the outgoing speaker is ill and according to an ancient pact ueen Shazira will be his successor but Prince Jezal whose own father seems to be afflicted with the same illness as Hyram but much advanced has other ideas We know he seems to be up to something devious but the detail of his actual intent is hidden until the end I checked the author s website This is the start of a trilogy but I won t Then the Americans Came Voices from Vietnam read on sorry This is not like Joe Abercrombie whose characters might be a bunch of twisted evil bastards but they are ones you can care about

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Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download The Adamantine Palace review ó 103 One man wants to rule the wealthy Empire He is ready to poison the king as he did his father murder his lov. How can you love fantasy and not like dragons They re kind of like vampires everybody uses them everybody who wants to make their mark on the genre tries to come up with a clever new way to use them and usually they fail so as a fantasy reader you re inclined to roll your eyes at any book with a dragon on the cover And yet dragons are still pretty damn cool when they re done right The Adamantine Palace is a mediocre effort in the field It s not awful like anything with Dragonlance in the title but it s not great like the first few books in some series that were pretty good until the author descended into hackdom and just started churning them out as reconstituted work product What s McCaffrey s latest Housecats of PernThe author s description on John Scalzi s Big Idea is what sold it to meThe dragons in these books are monsters They re not cute they re not cuddly and the only reason anyone gets to ride around on the back of them is because they are forcibly subdued by alchemical potions that are fed to them from birth In fact these dragons are so dangerous that for even one to break free could spell disaster for pretty much the entire civilisation no prizes for guessing what happens pretty close to page oneSo you can and probably should read it as a straight epic fantasy with a cast of shady characters and a rampaging dragon that s pretty ticked off about having been kept in a drugged stupor I had no pretensions to anything than a story about kick ass dragons that ran on rocket fuel when I set out to write these books but sometimes when you sit down and write you don t get uite what you asked forWell that sounded pretty cool The idea of an escaped dragon being kind of like a missing nuclear warhead except the nuclear warhead is sentient and pissed off appeals to me and I was in the mood for a story that s rocket fueled adventure with dragonsDid Deas deliver A little yes a little no but mostly not so muchThe book is pretty fast paced as promised There is a lot of action there is much carnage and burning and dragons eating people though it stays pretty limited in scope no Reign of Fire level apocalypseyetThe dragons were indeed interesting or at least the handful who get free of their drug induced servility were Yup any sympathy you might have had for the poor beasts who ve been drugged and enslaved as a species and used as riding beasts goes away once it turns out that freed from their alchemical shackles they re bloodthirsty predators who will happily burn human civilization to the ground and hunt the survivors like rabbits Okay if you were an escaped dragon just waking up to the fact that you re an intelligent being who s been turned into a riding animal you might want a little fiery retribution too but from what we learn in the book that s how the dragons treated humans before they were enslavedNone of the human characters are particularly interesting or likeable Non nobles in this world are nothing but spear carriers That s how both the nobles and the author treats them Where the humans come on stage it s mostly just a bunch of scheming backstabbing nobles playing their reindeer games and since they re all eually scheming backstabbing and non sympathetic and none of them will do anything different from the others if they wind up on the throne we don t care who wins The protagonist inasmuch as this book has one Prince Jehal is clever but whenever his cleverness isn t uite enough to make his schemes work one of his opponents conveniently makes a mistake so that he wins anyway He s an arrogant bastard but none of his adversaries are any better and most of them are worseThe action packed parts of the book are a decent read but the worldbuilding is weak Like so many epic fantasy novels The Adamantine Palace starts with charts showing the genealogies of all the various royal families with lofty names like The ueen of Sand and Stone but all this means is that ueen Shezira lives in a desert There are a bunch of royal families with rival kingdoms making up an essentially indistinguishable mob of kings ueens princes and princesses all of whom have dragons and dragon knights and castles The one foreign element is the Teitaykei a bunch of vaguely Oriental traders who come from across the sea and whom I assume will probably show up again in the next two books of the trilogy but in this book they existed solely to hand Prince Jehal a magical plot deviceThe double and triple crossing is entertaining enough but I would have liked dragon action Also Deas uses an amateurish multiple POV writing style throughout the book shifting from one character to another in each chapter and focusing on none of them Some of the POV characters end up dying unceremoniously without ever having contributed much to the plotThis is a book that people who still think ADD novels are cool will probably like Anyone else who really likes dragons will probably find it worth reading but the Great Dragon Novel it is not Burning Attraction rule the wealthy Empire He is The Numbers Game Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics ready to poison the king as he did his father murder his lov. How can you love fantasy and not like dragons They Tall Man Riding re kind of like vampires everybody uses them everybody who wants to make their mark on the genre tries to come up with a clever new way to use them and usually they fail so as a fantasy The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory reader you Wild Man Creek re inclined to Tremors of Fury The Days of Ash and Fury #2 roll your eyes at any book with a dragon on the cover And yet dragons are still pretty damn cool when they Illustrated Workbook for Self Therapy for Your Inner Critic re done A daddy for Christmas reconstituted work product What s McCaffrey s latest Housecats of PernThe author s description on John Scalzi s Big Idea is what sold it to meThe dragons in these books are monsters They Banned in Britain re not cute they Hour of the Beast re not cuddly and the only Dictionary Of Dreams reason anyone gets to The Love of a Latino ride around on the back of them is because they are forcibly subdued by alchemical potions that are fed to them from birth In fact these dragons are so dangerous that for even one to break free could spell disaster for pretty much the entire civilisation no prizes for guessing what happens pretty close to page oneSo you can and probably should Other Days Other Eyes read it as a straight epic fantasy with a cast of shady characters and a Deception Island rampaging dragon that s pretty ticked off about having been kept in a drugged stupor I had no pretensions to anything than a story about kick ass dragons that The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power ran on The First Partition of Poland rocket fuel when I set out to write these books but sometimes when you sit down and write you don t get uite what you asked forWell that sounded pretty cool The idea of an escaped dragon being kind of like a missing nuclear warhead except the nuclear warhead is sentient and pissed off appeals to me and I was in the mood for a story that s The Hero of Varay Varyan Memoir rocket fueled adventure with dragonsDid Deas deliver A little yes a little no but mostly not so muchThe book is pretty fast paced as promised There is a lot of action there is much carnage and burning and dragons eating people though it stays pretty limited in scope no Reign of Fire level apocalypseyetThe dragons were indeed interesting or at least the handful who get free of their drug induced servility were Yup any sympathy you might have had for the poor beasts who ve been drugged and enslaved as a species and used as Blackmailed By Daddy riding beasts goes away once it turns out that freed from their alchemical shackles they उरलं सुरलं re bloodthirsty predators who will happily burn human civilization to the ground and hunt the survivors like Cock Tales rabbits Okay if you were an escaped dragon just waking up to the fact that you Son of the Hero Varyan Memoir re an intelligent being who s been turned into a The Alien Jigsaw riding animal you might want a little fiery Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society retribution too but from what we learn in the book that s how the dragons treated humans before they were enslavedNone of the human characters are particularly interesting or likeable Non nobles in this world are nothing but spear carriers That s how both the nobles and the author treats them Where the humans come on stage it s mostly just a bunch of scheming backstabbing nobles playing their The Illusion of Gods Presence reindeer games and since they Folk Tales from the Soviet Union Central Asia and Kazakhstan re all eually scheming backstabbing and non sympathetic and none of them will do anything different from the others if they wind up on the throne we don t care who wins The protagonist inasmuch as this book has one Prince Jehal is clever but whenever his cleverness isn t uite enough to make his schemes work one of his opponents conveniently makes a mistake so that he wins anyway He s an arrogant bastard but none of his adversaries are any better and most of them are worseThe action packed parts of the book are a decent Not The Hot Chick read but the worldbuilding is weak Like so many epic fantasy novels The Adamantine Palace starts with charts showing the genealogies of all the various Pegged and Plugged at the Club royal families with lofty names like The ueen of Sand and Stone but all this means is that ueen Shezira lives in a desert There are a bunch of Tunnel Through Time royal families with Game of Bimbofication Part 3 rival kingdoms making up an essentially indistinguishable mob of kings ueens princes and princesses all of whom have dragons and dragon knights and castles The one foreign element is the Teitaykei a bunch of vaguely Oriental traders who come from across the sea and whom I assume will probably show up again in the next two books of the trilogy but in this book they existed solely to hand Prince Jehal a magical plot deviceThe double and triple crossing is entertaining enough but I would have liked dragon action Also Deas uses an amateurish multiple POV writing style throughout the book shifting from one character to another in each chapter and focusing on none of them Some of the POV characters end up dying unceremoniously without ever having contributed much to the plotThis is a book that people who still think ADD novels are cool will probably like Anyone else who Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions Vol 1 of 5 really likes dragons will probably find it worth The Fatima Century reading but the Great Dragon Novel it is not

review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Stephen Deas

Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download The Adamantine Palace review ó 103 Er and bed her daughter Is he fit to be king Unknown to him a dragon is on the loose Returned to full intel. It s been many years since I last read a book featuring dragons because for some reason dragons just don t appeal to me now as much as they did when I was younger But after reading The Adamantine Palace I found myself wondering what I might have been missing out on over the years because this books was really fantastic The Adamantine Palace is one of those books that remind me of why I was attracted to fantasy in the first place though it is rather sophisticated than those fantasy books of my youthIn addition to the engaging writing style the wonderful world building and the steady pacing which kept me completely hooked all the way through the book I was particularly impressed by the way the characters are presented The story is told from the perspective of each character so the reader comes to intimately understand and sympathize with each one even though many of them are enemies of one anotherThe dragons receive similar treatment as well At first we only view them through the eyes of the humans but eventually we get into the head of the one of the dragons and receive a new perspective of the unfolding events Initially I had felt sympathetic for the plight of the dragons for their having been drugged and enslaved by humans for the past hundred years but once it becomes clear what the dragons are like in their natural form I felt my sympathy shift to their human captors There is no black and white in The Adamantine Palace no clear lines separating villains from heroes which is part of what makes this story a complex and deeply satisfying readThe only complaint I have is that none of the various story lines are actually resolved by the conclusion of the book and in fact the book ends just as events get even heated This means that you will want to have the seuel The King of the Crags close by so that you can immediately delve into it once you finish The Adamantine Palace I certainly wish I had been properly prepared as now I have to wait impatiently for the week or so that it will take The King of the Crags to be delivered to my mailboxI highly recommend The Admantine Palace to all readers of fantasy Even if it has been years since you last read a book about dragons don t hesitate to give this one a try You will not be disappointed


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    read & download The Adamantine Palace Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF I'll keep this brief as I am waiting for a plane to take off 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 adultsThe 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 t

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    read & download The Adamantine Palace [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download I loved this book I adored itThis 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 deliversThre is definitely 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

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    read & download The Adamantine Palace [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Stephen Deas How can you love fantasy and not like dragons? They're kind of like vampires everybody uses them everybody who wants to make their mark on the genre tries to come up with a clever new way to use them and usually

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    [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF The Adamantine Palace is the prize that one prince seeks and through all manner of realm craft diabolical planning love craft cruelty potions and poisons he schemes his way throughout the novel to seize his price Meanwhile Snow a dragon which was to be a gift for the prince from ueen Shakiza was attacked by a party of dragonriders and escaped into the wilderness with her Scale a man charged with watching over her from birth Unknown to bot

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    read & download The Adamantine Palace Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Stephen Deas I have mixed feelings regarding this book While there are a lot of interesting concepts and it's written well I really didn't care about any of the characters The book isn't too long yet it took me awhile to read it as it really wasn

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    [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF It’s been many years since I last read a book featuring dragons because for some reason dragons just don’t appeal to me now as much as they did when I was younger But after reading The Adamantine Palace I found myself wondering what I might

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    [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF I can’t tell if this is a compliment or criticism so I’ll just put it out here and let you decide I spent most of this book trying to cast different actors from Game of Thrones to play the characters in this book The similarities

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    read & download The Adamantine Palace Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Stephen Deas 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 subseuent books but none of the characters redeem themselves even a little bit by the end of the first book The bad guy or perhaps the slightly worse guy since there don't seem to be any good guys winsThe plot centres around the election of a new Speaker a kind of king of kings who reigns in the Adam

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    Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF The Adamantine Palace by Stephen DeasPublished by Gollancz March 2009 ARC copy received350 pagesISBN 9780575083738Ah Dragons Otherworldly yet surprisingly comfortingSo 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 uirky in that the title of the book d

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    [The Adamantine Palace] EBOOK / PDF Stephen Deas Ï 3 read & download review Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Stephen Deas The Realms are a manipulative place Dragons are being manipulated through the form of potions to serve humans as glorified war horses Speakers are manipulated to pick their successor Sell swords are manipulated into embroiling themselves in wars that will easily cause their deaths The Realms are not a soft place to live in this the first of a trilogy written by Stephen DeasLet's say this right off the bat some fantasy novels currently foo

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  • Paperback
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  • The Adamantine Palace
  • Stephen Deas
  • English
  • 11 February 2019
  • 9780575083745