Friday, 31 December 2010


The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
Book 1 of The Memory Of Flames series

Genre: epic fantasy

Book Description:
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 through alchemy was discovered and now the dragons are bred to be mere 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 own lover and then bed her daughter. A man fit to be king?
But unknown to him there are flames on the way. A single dragon has gone missing. And even one dragon on the loose, unsubdued and 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.

Betrayal, deceit, savage power-plays, brutal politics and dragons. The arrival of an exciting new talent on the fantasy scene.
Source: Info in the Book Description was taken from the publisher's website at on 05/12/2010.

FTC Declaration: This book was purchased with my personal money.

A good start to a promising new series!

I picked this book up simply because it got dragons in it and glad that I did! The story telling quality is not bad. Quite compelling. The author has a very good "voice". What I didn't like is the way the author kills off characters I like!! The ending is also not very satisfying... it was not a cliffhanger, but it wasn't a satifying resolution. It was just sort of so so. Overall though, I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in the series, King Of The Crags.

Emperically translated, I would rate this book as:
World building = 5
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3
Ending = 3
Pace = 4
Plot = 4

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

All Things Dragons Challenge

Now, being a dragon fantasy reader (obviously!), here is a challenge I couldn't pass up! :)

How It Works:
*Books must be related to dragons but can include other mythical/paranormal creatures.
*Reading should begin Jan 1st 2011 through Dec 31st 2011.
*All are welcome to join. (You don't have to have a blog or website).
*All books published and/or coming soon (before the end date) are acceptable.
*Any format is good. Whether you reading from a kindle or straight from a physical book, doesn't matter.
*Grab the All things Dragons Challenge button and post it (if you have one) to your blog/site. Post the books you'll be reading as well (you can gradually add/change to your list as the days go by).
*If in the future you write a review, please display the link to that post HERE.

This reading challenge is hosted by Meghan of Midnight Fumes.

Here is the the tentative first few of my "challenge list" of books which  I am thinking of reading this year, in no particular order... will add on or change as the year wears on :)

The Dragon Whisperer by Lucinda Hare

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo by Adam Roberts

The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas (Already read in 2010.) [updated 02/01/2011]

(Update: 10/01/2011)

Touched By Venom by Janine CrossBook 1 of the Dragon Temple Saga

Shadowed By Wings by Janine Cross
Book 2 of the Dragon Temple Saga

Forged By Fire by Janine Cross
Book 3 of the Dragon Temple Saga

Jennifer Scales And The Ancient Furnace by Mary Janice Davidson and Anthony Alongi
Book 1 of the Jennifer Scales series

Updated: 18/04/2011

Love In The Time Of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
Book 1 of the Light Dragons series