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Collected here are all ten of Stephen Deas' epic fantasy novels about a world ruled by dragons. Blood, fire, sex, politics and betrayal combine in this masterful and wide-ranging series.Contains THE ADAMANTINE PALACE, THE KING OF THE CRAGS, THE ORDER OF THE SCALES, THE THIEF-TAKER'S APPRENTICE, THE WARLOCK'S SHADOW, THE KING'S ASSASSIN, THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM, DRAGON QUEEN, T Collected here are all ten of Stephen Deas' epic fantasy novels about a world ruled by dragons. Blood, fire, sex, politics and betrayal combine in this masterful and wide-ranging series.Contains THE ADAMANTINE PALACE, THE KING OF THE CRAGS, THE ORDER OF THE SCALES, THE THIEF-TAKER'S APPRENTICE, THE WARLOCK'S SHADOW, THE KING'S ASSASSIN, THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM, DRAGON QUEEN, THE SPLINTERED GODS, THE SILVER KINGS


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Collected here are all ten of Stephen Deas' epic fantasy novels about a world ruled by dragons. Blood, fire, sex, politics and betrayal combine in this masterful and wide-ranging series.Contains THE ADAMANTINE PALACE, THE KING OF THE CRAGS, THE ORDER OF THE SCALES, THE THIEF-TAKER'S APPRENTICE, THE WARLOCK'S SHADOW, THE KING'S ASSASSIN, THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM, DRAGON QUEEN, T Collected here are all ten of Stephen Deas' epic fantasy novels about a world ruled by dragons. Blood, fire, sex, politics and betrayal combine in this masterful and wide-ranging series.Contains THE ADAMANTINE PALACE, THE KING OF THE CRAGS, THE ORDER OF THE SCALES, THE THIEF-TAKER'S APPRENTICE, THE WARLOCK'S SHADOW, THE KING'S ASSASSIN, THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM, DRAGON QUEEN, THE SPLINTERED GODS, THE SILVER KINGS

27 review for A Memory of Flames Complete eBook Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    When I first read AP, KotC and OftS I enjoyed the books, loved the dragons, and found the characters well drawn out but pretty irritating especially Zafir. And the teaser ending just annoyed the heck out of me; I even made a stroppy comment that Stephen was gracious enough to respond to. But the series just stuck in my mind. BM was a little too grim dark for my taste, but I loved the tantalising info about the Silver Kings. Then we got DQ and I was totally sold on the new Zafir. In fact the whole When I first read AP, KotC and OftS I enjoyed the books, loved the dragons, and found the characters well drawn out but pretty irritating especially Zafir. And the teaser ending just annoyed the heck out of me; I even made a stroppy comment that Stephen was gracious enough to respond to. But the series just stuck in my mind. BM was a little too grim dark for my taste, but I loved the tantalising info about the Silver Kings. Then we got DQ and I was totally sold on the new Zafir. In fact the whole book was just perfect: the action, the humour, the characters new and old, the dragons, the new expansion on the mythology. SG and SK just cemented my love of all of the above, although Silence came close to stealing the show from Zafir on a few occasions (particularly when she interacted with Baros Tsen). The ending of the series was pretty much perfect as was the epilogue that I managed to miss out because I thought it was just a repeat of the introduction doh! TBF the books do suffer from chunks being dropped from one book into another to get readers back up to speed so I did have some grounds for thinking that. And I still don't know who was behind the plot to steal Snow in the first place (although my money is on that female Knight Marshall who finds the mercury)! I try and pin down what I love about it. The first three can be read almost as an analogy about climate change; we are well aware of what might happen to us but it all seems so unlikely, improbable, difficult to change and really we'd rather be backstabbing and shagging while the world burns (literally in this case). Another author might have made the heroic Vale Tassan the mc, and whilst he is certainly heroic, Jehal and Zafir - spoilt and murderous millennials - are, if not relatable, certainly sympathetic and understandable and yes, even tragic heroes like Hamlet, and get top billing. In my head Jehal is the hot one from Brave New World, Sen Mitsuji, but I haven't cast Zafir to my satisfaction. I'm torn between The Rock for Vale or for Tuuran. Baros can only be Chiwetel Ejiofor as he specialises in sympathetic characters who can't help sabotaging themselves. The final three are just pure fun, like a video game. They can be summed up as 'be careful what you wish for' or 'these violent delights bring violent ends'. Once again under the action we can read several messages. Zafir tries to change and mainly succeeds but struggles to change people's prior ideas about her which is sadly true to life. Chay Liang can't relate to Zafir's anger and genuine rage because slavery is just how the world works and she just can't overcome that to empathise with someone who should be an ally, again sadly realistic. Baros can't bring himself to be effective and hides behind his sense of humour and irony. Zafir (again) takes her rage and accepts sexual humiliation in order to revenge herself on her tormentors and (I would say unwittingly, but really she just doesn't really care enough) unleashes a plague on the world that is a bit uncomfortably close to current events. Although we could say that that is really all Silence's fault for infecting Zafir, and dragons don't care about humans anyway and why should they? If you've read this far, then you should go and read the books, one of my all-time top reads, forget Sanderson (quite fun but hasn't been so good on his women until the latest book), GRRM (started well but honestly will never finish), and Rothfuss (ditto), give this series a go. And it would make an amazing TV show.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    "It will end in flames ..." This is an inventive, immersive series which sees dragons elevated to a fiercer intelligence and a raw ferocious strength that sears Snow and Diamond Eye into the reader's imagination. The constant, failing battle between the alchemists pulling the last ichor of a dead half-god to keep the dragons blunted from their true telepathic glory is rapid, brutal and compelling. Human characters pulse with vitality and are snuffed out quickly and ignominiously, unless they forg "It will end in flames ..." This is an inventive, immersive series which sees dragons elevated to a fiercer intelligence and a raw ferocious strength that sears Snow and Diamond Eye into the reader's imagination. The constant, failing battle between the alchemists pulling the last ichor of a dead half-god to keep the dragons blunted from their true telepathic glory is rapid, brutal and compelling. Human characters pulse with vitality and are snuffed out quickly and ignominiously, unless they forge themselves in the image of the dragons. Across a tumultuous division between worlds, there is a gorgeously-crafted archetypal story of a young boy apprenticed to a proud and honourable thief-taker, a gentle and familiar story until he has his heart ripped out as the two people he has come to love and admire destroy one another. The Thief-Taker's Apprentice series is bare and breath-taking in its emotional scope. By far my favourite of the three linked trilogies which make up this collection. The final trilogy which draws together the splinters of the dragon reals, the sorcery of The Thief-Taker's Apprentice and a glass wielding civilisation paying homage to the heights of Islamic Arabic scholarship fizz with many more interesting ideas. However, this concluding trilogy is plagued by odd pacing, weird chronology that suck a lot of the tension out of the action scenes, that leave me wondering what was the author's design and what was the clashing hand of an editor. The happy "ending" was a bit unbelievable, and I think that the attempt to leave the world open for another series lacked in subtlety. A thoroughly entertaining series throughout, but with many changes in structure and style which tell me that Deas is still finding his voice as a fantasy author. When he does, I really hope that that voice breathes fire into all it touches.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elysheba

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Nilsson

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joakim Nordström

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Percy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Nilsson

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaligolo

  9. 5 out of 5

    Antoine

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frances Weekes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aisha

  12. 5 out of 5

    Winnie Soderholm

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Muckles

  14. 4 out of 5

    DZMM

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phil

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Lehane

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fredrik Lindlöf

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vega

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Teal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Morris

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina Browne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Xavier

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adamk959

  24. 5 out of 5

    ZADOK DEAN

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin House

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