Sunday, 16 September 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: THe Black Mausoleum - Stephen Deas

Release Date: 25/08/12


Two years have passed since the events of the Order of the Scales. Across the realms, dragons are still hatching. Hatching, and hatching free. Skorl is an Ember, a soldier trained from birth to fight dragons. He is a living weapon, one-shot only, saturated with enough dragon-poison to bring down a monster all on his own. Misanthrope, violent and a drunk, to fulfil his purpose and slay a dragon, means to be eaten. Now Skorl has a choice: he can hang for his crimes, or he can go with the last of the Adamantine Men, fighting against an enemy he was born to face. Rat is an Outsider. He's on the run and he's stumbled onto something that's going to make him rich beyond all his dreams. It's just a shame that the end of the world has started without him. Kataros is an alchemist, one of the order responsible for keeping the dragons in check. One of the order that has just failed, and disastrously so. Two men, one woman. One chance to save the world from a storm of dragons ...


As a fan of Stephen’s writing I’m always on the look-out for the next book be it something in his YA series or this title set in his highly imaginative and of course double dealing fantasy world where a wrong word can send many a person to their death. It has high action, some cracking politics and of course characters that step from the page into the readers mind with such a vivid presence that you’ll form attachments with them all whether you love or loath them.

Add to this a solid pace, great action sequences backed up with an author who knows how to deliver what the reader wants whilst playing for keeps and all round its another cracker from Stephen’s mind. Great stuff.

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