The New York Times best-selling Raven's Shadow Trilogy was a perfect listen for "fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels". Now Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria....
Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed.
But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.
Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered Blood-blessed who finds himself pressed into service by the Protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted lands in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an Ironship cruiser whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.
As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war - or drown in its wake.
©2016 Anthony Ryan (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Mr. Brand was reading the story with such a speed that there was no time to really enjoy otherwise a very good story. I feel like I should probably buy a Kindle version so I can enjoy the writings. Please pick someone else for the second book.
Waking Fire starts off a bit awkwardly. But after your about a third of the way through the book is very entertaining. I believe alot of the bad reviews stem from the monotone narration. Steven Brand did not do this book any favors. But he did not ruin the book, as I have seen poor narration do with other decent books. I personally am looking forward to the next book in this series.
This story is very inventive; without giving to much away, I don't think that dragons have been used in quite this way. And it is exciting to see Anthony Ryan's growth as a writer. This is probably his most complex novel to date. But the early promise is ruined by a trite story that develops late. And Steven Brand is barely tolerable. In a book with multiple POV narrating in a monotone without differentiation between characters leads to confusion.
3 strikes and your out.
Blood Song was epic
Tower Lord was a good/decent read
Queen of Fire was almost terrible
the Waking Fire....not good. Boring. No discerning voices between characters. Found myself stopping the book and doing other things. Had to force myself thru chapters
After Blood song, Anthony Ryan was on my buy immediately list.
After Waking Fire, Anthony Ryan will only be purchased if on sale
Yes, this is nothing like the Raven Series but still this is a very creative imaginative story. The whole idea of being Blood Blessed and the power behind that, is cool.
The internal power behind being Blood Blessed. The poverty and easy death in the story is not very realistic.
Steven Brand is my favorite narrator out of everybody else! His voice makes a story come alive. The addition of Steven Brand makes any story better.
There were a couple of moments that excited me. The Dragon fight scenes were good.
I enjoyed listening to this Audiobook! I enjoyed the Raven series more but Ryan is without doubt still one of my favorite authors!
I enjoyed other books by this author, but I couldn't get into this one. I tried several times, but couldn't get past the dialogue or perhaps the society and its form of dialogue. Maybe its a British thing.
I'm having a lot of trouble getting into this book. It doesn't do a very good job with context in the beginning, the language is unnecessarily dense, and I keep having to restart the book only to find myself not paying attention again. I really want to like this book because there are so many good reviews. I probably won't be purchasing the sequel.
I am a fan of Anthony Ryan and enjoyed his previous efforts and I am not disappointed with this new book.
There seems to be a concerted effort by some reviewing to malign the narrator Mr. Brand. Mr. Brand has as he has before done a great job narrating. I would appreciate it if Audible looked at these reviews to make sure they are legitimate. One review was written the day it came out maligning Mr. Brand.
This was very hard to listen. The narration could not have been worse. The speaker was very mono tone, no change in voice between characters, which makes it difficult to follow. The story line has multiple characters and it was difficult to follow the story line.
The book is 20+ hours long , I wanted to quit this book many times. I am very happy that I did finish it. The story is good and I am anxiously waiting the next book. I will be done with this series if it has the same narrator.
Ryan puts more imagery and content into one sentence than most authors in this genre put into entire paragraphs. Some will find it slow or boring. It is neither. If you liked his bloodsong trilogy you'll like this. It's read by the same narrator as his other series and Brand does as superb a job here as on the other.
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