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Memory of Flames #01: The Adamantine Palaceby Stephen Deas
Synopses & Reviews
As various factions fight for control of the Adamantine Palace, those very dragons theaten a fiery apocalypse for all humankind...
Having survived Jehal's betrayal, former Queen Zafir is determined to take back control of the kingdom. To that end, she seizes Jehal's wife and son as hostages. Jehal, desperate to save his queen and his heir, makes a tentative peace with the dragons of the north, and prepares to fly against his enemies.
But as politics throw the realms of men into turmoil, a far greater danger threatens. The dragons are awakening from the spells cast upon them, and returning to their native fury. They can remember why they were created--and they now recall what humans did to them. They are out for revenge. And that revenge will be brutal.
As hundreds of untamed dragons prepare to attack, only the Adamantine Guard stand between humanity and extinction. Now, Jehal must not only fight for his family, he must then unite his former enemies to wage an epic battle between man and beast...
"Deas's dragon-riding fantasy debut lumbers along as sinister Prince Jehal, called the Viper, connives, seduces, poisons, and murders his way to the throne of the Kingdom of the Endless Sea. The story only leaves well-trodden fictional ground when unique white dragon Snow begins to communicate telepathically with her handler, Kailin. Neither cuddly or companionable, dragons in this world are violent fire-breathers who have been tranquilized by alchemists and forced to serve aristocrats for war and hunting. Snow's dreams of freedom ignite her urge to incinerate humans and all their works, and she brings other dragons into her quest to destroy the alchemists forever. Played off against villainous Jehal and repetitive palace intrigues, Deas's dragons provide fitful shuddery glimpses into alien minds, a few brief fireworks in an otherwise commonplace performance." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The power of the Realms depends on its dragons. With their terrifying natures tempered by a mysterious liquid, they are ridden by the aristocracy and bred for hunting and war. But as dangerous political maneuverings threaten the empire, a single dragon has gone missing. And even one dragon-returned to its full intelligence and fury-could spell disaster for the Realms...
About the Author
Stephen Deas is the author of the short story "The Snow Fox". The Adamantine Palace is his first novel.
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