Sunday, 20 July 2014

FANTASY REVIEW: Dragon Queen - Stephen Deas

Release Date: 15/08/13
Publisher:  Gollancz


Praised by the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks, Stephen Deas has made dragons his own. In the years before the Dragons laid waste to man's empire, the fearsome monsters were used for war and as gifts of surpassing wealth to buy favour in the constant political battles that tore at the kingdoms. Notorious in these battles was the Dragon Queen. And now she is a prisoner. But no-one is more dangerous than when caged...The critics, fellow authors and readers alike are agreed - if you love dragons and epic fantasy, Stephen Deas is the writer for you. The man who brought dragons back to their full glory, might and terror. Dragon Queen is a companion volume to the Memory of Flames trilogy and to THE BLACK MAUSOLEUM.


Ah, returning to a magical world that has danger not only from dragonkind but also from those who pursue them as Stephen Deas deftly mixes political machination, treacherous dealings and bloodshed in a new epic volume in what for me is one of the premiere modern dragon series out there.

The writing is intelligent, the combat when it comes hard and fast and when you add in cracking prose and a pace that will set the world alight all round generates a story that I’m more than happy to while a few hours away on. I can’t wait to read the next outing and see what else he has in store for us.

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