The Standing Dead

The Standing Dead The Barnes Noble ReviewThe second book in Ricardo Pinto s dark fantasy trilogy the Stone Dance of the Chameleon begins right where the first book The Chosen left off Masters Carnelian and Obsidian w

  • Title: The Standing Dead
  • Author: Ricardo Pinto
  • ISBN: 9780312872090
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Barnes Noble ReviewThe second book in Ricardo Pinto s dark fantasy trilogy, the Stone Dance of the Chameleon, begins right where the first book The Chosen left off Masters Carnelian and Obsidian who is the God Emperor elect are drugged and trapped in urns, about to be buried alive The two lovers are then kidnapped out of the imperial capital of Osrakum by sThe Barnes Noble ReviewThe second book in Ricardo Pinto s dark fantasy trilogy, the Stone Dance of the Chameleon, begins right where the first book The Chosen left off Masters Carnelian and Obsidian who is the God Emperor elect are drugged and trapped in urns, about to be buried alive The two lovers are then kidnapped out of the imperial capital of Osrakum by slavers and end up with a band of Plainsmen out on the wild Earthsky, an endless expanse filled with nomadic tribes of barbarians and deadly carnivorous creatures Once healed, Obsidian begins plotting revenge on the people who betrayed him in Osrakum, but Carnelian wants to forsake those plans and live with the Plainsmen in peace Most noteworthy about this series is Pinto s skill at creating a richly detailed, truly unique world powered by a complex political and social caste system Masters have evolved into unfeeling, godlike beings that rule over all other races through fear and violence When Carnelian and Obsidian see firsthand how the other races exist, their responses couldn t be different As is the case with most fantasy trilogies, The Standing Dead suffers from middle child syndrome Newcomers to the series will be lost reading The Chosen beforehand is a must , and fans who have already read the first book will be frustrated because this middle novel ends just as events are coming to a head The level of my frustration, however, only goes to show how emotionally invested in this brilliant saga I am I can t wait to get my hands on the concluding volume of this trilogy, which promises to be as stunning as it will be brutal Paul Goat Allen

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    1. Acabei de reler Os Guardiães dos Mortos.Enquanto no primeiro livro vemos Carmellian conhecer os hábitos de seu próprio povo, encontrar o amor e cair com ele; neste segundo volume vemo-lo do lado de fora do paraíso, sofrendo as mesmas desigualdades provocadas pelos seus iguais.O livro é um caminho rumo ao renascimento. Carmellian começa junto com os mais baixos dentre todos os seres, os Sartlar, para depois tornar-se um dos homens das planícies e, por fim, perceber que não importando seus [...]

    2. The Standing Dead is the second book in Ricardo Pinto's The Stone Dance of the Chameleon series, published by Bantam in 2002. In the first book, The Chosen, Pinto created an amazing, complex, and wonderous world complete with an intricate society, intriguing politics and a facinating history. As such, there is a lot of assumed knowledge that the reader should possess in order to fully appreciate what has been offered in The Standing Dead.The story picks up immediately after the events of The Cho [...]

    3. Much better than the first book of the series (The Chosen), in that the plot moves rapidly along, and the text not burdened by endless scene and clothing descriptions. The cosmology, political/social history and timeline of this world are very original and impressive in their depth. The characters continue to be compelling and complex, a beacon that draws one through the constant erosion of everything sacred as depicted in the beginning.The first part of the book paints a lifestyle on the plains [...]

    4. Found a copy from a secondhand bookshop, so I've no idea what's happening when I started this, since it's book2 already. Concrete worlding, a promise of dragons, a sympathetic father, some interesting characters, homo-erotic romanceI should love this book already.But I didn't. The social structure turns me off: this picks up where the first book left off and previous knowledge is required for the reader not to get lost in Mr Pinto's carefully made world. There are just so many social niceties an [...]

    5. Wow. Hard reading. This volume was unremitting angst. The main character never gets a break (half due to his naivety and idealism, which was somewhat frustrating, and half due to the violent and uncompromising world he inhabits) and horrible things happen almost without relief. There isn't even any love to lighten the journey. It was just pain and struggle and heartache and loss. I certainly hope that the character comes into his own in the third (and last) book, because I really don't want to h [...]

    6. This installment of the The Stone Dance of the Chameleon rises above the first as a much stronger, much more effective tale than the first. Its violence and horror stem from the plot, its strong characterizations believably intensifying with the thousand twists and turns of its lengthy story. The passivity of the narrator still galls as he repeatedly fails to do anything to change the course of terrifying events. Is it his love for Osidian that keeps him from thwarting his crazy plans? Or is it [...]

    7. Some of the fight scenes were difficult to slog through, full of so very much detail. Parts of the story slogged on- it took a bit of figuring to realize that YEARS were going by and not days or months. The story is very good, quite a bit different from the typical fantasy story where we watch a child grow from normal kid into Our Epic Hero/ine. The author gives so much detail for everything- yet most of the time I had to continue reading through to (hopefully) get to the explanations. I know th [...]

    8. Ricardo Pinto does it again! I’ve read this book before and reading it again proved how much incredible detail of the visual spectacle that sends Carnelian from the luxuriously cruel lands of his people into the barbaric world where the slaves are tithed. It is there that his gentle and caring heart binds him to the Ocher, a tribe that lives in the Earthsky. To save the people he has come to love he must find his way out of the machinations of his former lover, Osidian, who was banished with h [...]

    9. I should have read this one earlier. I read book 1 7 YEARS AGO! The reason why I never read on was because book 1 was crap. But I had book 2 and 3 sitting in my shelf. SIGH. So I tried, was confused and gave up. At least I try, now I can get rid of them

    10. I can't say if the book deviated from the first, if something in me changed, or if I was just having a bad day, but the first book in this series is spectacular and this, the second book, depressed me. I never finished it.

    11. I actually haven't read this one 'cause the first one was disgusting. However since I have it on my shelf, I decided to add it. However I don't intend to neither read it and even less buy the 3rd book.

    12. The first book in the series was amazing and a cliffhanger. However this book was too weird and dark and just plain odd for my tastes.

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