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The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames 1) - Stephen Deas

The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames 1) - Stephen Deas
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 The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames 1) - Stephen DeasThe Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames 1) - Stephen Deas 

This is № 64 of an exclusive edition of only 150 copies

Title: The Adamantine Palace

Author:  Stephen Deas

ISBN:  9780575083738

Weight:  990g

Delivery:  Extra £1.00 [heavy book]

Numbered and publication dated signed first edition, first printing with slipcase

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The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas

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.

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 alchemically 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 unknown 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…

Peer & Press Reviews

Giving the book its edgier, more contemporary look meanwhile, are the characters and plot.  At first glance, a cast of scheming princes and queens, over the hill kings, and money-hungry sell-swords may seem overly familiar, but Stephen does a great job of constantly surprising the reader.  It’s a fun and entertaining debut that will appeal to fans of both classic and contemporary fantasy.  In short, Gollancz has discovered another winner.

Fantasy Book Critic

It is a difficult thing to write a novel that uses many of the icons of High Fantasy and make it enjoyable; this is something though that Stephen has done here.  The book is an entertaining mix of Pern and Westeros, with the knowing characterisation of Abercrombie and the endearment of Novik.

SFF World

Deas does scary dragons very well.  The plot moves along briskly and surprises occur.  Promising enough and neatly set up for a sequel.

Jonathan Wright, SFX

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Adamantine Palace
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 150 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signature page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a first edition signed by the author and issued with a slipcase.

Also printed on this page is the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Book number 64 of 150
Series Memory of Flames – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature page
Dated 19/3/09 [publication day] on the signature page
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Gollancz
Publication date
Printed by CPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 13 9780575083738
ISBN 10 0575083735
Format Hardcover with dust jacket and slipcase
Pages 369
Size (h x w x d) 249 x 164 x 40mm [slipcase]
Packed weight 1.133kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Sidonie Beresford-Browne
Jacket image Dominic Harman (dragon)

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