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Publisher's Summary

The Legion of Flame is the action-packed second audiobook in the Draconis Memoria series - an enthralling epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire.

Claydon Torcreek has survived drake-infested jungles, hostile tribes and the cold touch of betrayal - yet his troubles have only just begun.

The legendary white drake - believed to be nothing more than a myth - has awoken from its long slumber, with a thirst to reduce the world of men to ashes. One city has already fallen to the drake's formidable legions.

More will follow unless Clay can uncover an ancient secret that lies buried beneath the southern ice. Once again Clay must face unthinkable danger, and this time he carries not just the hopes of his own nation but the fate of the entire world.

©2017 Anthony Ryan (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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Wait until book 3 is out

The author ends almost all chapters on a cliffhanger, including the last ones. So wished I'd waited until the series was done.

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Good, but ends in a huge cliffhanger

Good, but ends in a huge cliffhanger, hence my rating.
The narrator is too mellow, he cuts away any sense of rush and excitement.

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  • Simon
  • 07-08-17

A Contemporary Fantasy Tour de Force

Anthony Ryan is making quite a name for himself now. After the Raven’s Shadow he set his sights on a veritable fantasy opera of epic scale in the Draconis Memoria. Steampunk, big, powerful and greedy corporations, a magic system based on dragon’s blood and a breath-taking world of epic proportions. In amongst that there are vividly drawn characters that lead us on various adventures with everything from epic quests to Prison Break style tales being brought to life. Despite its length this is fast-paced and breathlessly full of action and adventure.

When I finished The Waking Fire audiobook I had two concerns for the future of the series. Firstly, the narration by a strangely and unusually subdued Steven Brand washed out this colourful world and its swashbuckling characters a little making if feel like I was listening in monochrome. Steve West is definitely an upgrade in that regard, he adds more variety and injects variety into the voices and personalities. My second concern was that having seemingly put everything but the kitchen sink into the first book Ryan would struggle for inspiration to fill the second and third. As it turns out he obviously had plenty left in the tank and he steampunks this through fabulous scenarios such as a prison city and the frozen southern wastes. It really is an amazing tour held together by the highly detailed world building.

One thing that I wish I had done is re-visit The Waking Fire or at least the last few chapters just to get my head around the story and characters again as there is an awful lot going on. If you look on the author’s official website there are actually some resources there including maps, character descriptions, a chronology of the corporate age and a list of the main trading companies that might help anyone similarly challenged between the ears as myself. It’s not necessary but if you like to feel you’re keeping a strong track of things they could be useful.

In short, this is a great continuation that promises much for the concluding episode of the series.

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  • Nina
  • 07-16-17

What a ride! A page-turner.

The series just gets better and better!

Anthony Ryan wows again with a graceful storytelling, exciting adventures and likeable characters, who stand up against the world of drakes. This book is so fast-paced, it will keep you awake at nights until you absorb it all.

As the story progresses the magic system grows and a new established world full of history, intrigue and politics opens up even further, and invites heroes to discover the unknown. There are so many side stories, it's great!

If you think that this is another book about dragons, well... it is, but the author breathes a fresh breath of air to the genre and introduces new twists to the dragons and their world. Their importance to the human race and magic really stands out, I shall say no more so as not to spoil the plot.

It is difficult to compare the style of these books to the other acclaimed fantasy writers, as the book has a Branderson-sequel magic system, George Martin's feeling of discovery, Joe Abercrombie's strong characters and its own well-crafted plot with Ryan's chapter structure and tension build up. Despite throwing it all into one book, it works fantastically and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Steve West does a fair job performing this book and it is a big improvement from the previous narrator. He is trying to give characters a unique personality and voice, however is it believable? I'm not convinced... though I have enjoyed this book a lot.

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  • Tom Hamilton
  • 07-06-17

Great book, terrible narrator

A really great novel as expected with Anthony Ryan; however, narrator can't pronounce simple words right which is really aggregating. Bring back Steven Brand.

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  • Beedge
  • 08-18-18

Good story... a shame about the narration.

Great story so far a little slow but I’m enjoying the ride. A lot of Deus ex machina but that’s expected.

The performance was ok I’m a bit of a pedant when it comes to word pronunciation so I found myself getting a little mad at some this book.

Also, I think American accents for the Blinds folk is a mistake.

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  • Bri
  • 08-04-18

Great Storyline

loved it can't wait to listen to the 3 book in this well imagined trilogy.

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  • Mr. Nm Hill
  • 07-09-18

Huge disappointment

I really don’t get it, book 1 was very good, great story with excellent narration but for some reason book 2 has a new narrator who either didn’t listen to book 1 at all or just isn’t capable of doing the voices used previously, the main characters have gone from mid to north English accents to something straight out of Gone with the wind, other characters are given broad Liverpool accents that just don’t work, the way the narrative is interpreted has changed the whole demeanours of the characters to the point that at halfway through the book I’m still struggling to work out who is who & if they were in the previous book or not.
I could go on like this for a long time but I’ll sum this up as, probably a very good story but the awful narration makes it difficult to tell & definitely one to miss

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  • John
  • 06-14-18

Blimey!

I've listened to over 150 audible titles since I joined and I have to say I've enjoyed the vast majority. It's been a while since I listened to the first volumn of The Draconis Memoria so I played that before starting on the second volumn...

Oh dear! As much as I like different actors narrating this really didn't chime well with me. The problem is that during the first book you hear the charecters and form a mental image of them, if this changes then you have to do a mental side-step to re-imagine all the different people. Unfortunately, Steve West's accents have completely ruined what was, for me, a fantastic tale set is a 'steam-punk' universe. We've gone from stiff, formal, dare I say, British accents, to some sort of south American drawl which means I have to totally reimagine each and every character, something I find hard to do. The story is good and I want to find out what happens but the change is narrator has ruined it for me.

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  • Nichola
  • 05-28-18

preferred original narrator

didn't recognise some of the characters due to the difference in pronunciation. don't like this narrator at all and only listening because I want to continue the story. spoils the experience

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  • sandra crookes
  • 01-15-18

legion of flame

I found it unpredictable which made a refreshing change! Good story lines and characterisation.
Bloke reading it does a really good job, female voices not especially irritating as they can be sometimes when a man tries to do them 😉

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-21-17

Fantastic!

I loved this book,
it gets better each listen.
am now very much looking forward to book 3

it did take getting used to the change in narrator from book one.

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  • Jim
  • 07-16-17

Steven Brand was a better choice

Overall solid storytelling as always. However, the habit of ending every single chapter with a minor cliffhanger grew tiresome.
The voice performance felt overbearing and unnecessary. Dramatic accents seemed not to fit the tone, creating cartoonish characters (Tinkerer and the Electress, for example). Accents seemed to have no correlation either, as when three people from the same city in the beginning of the book had 3 wildly different accents. Also, changing the pronunciations of names and words from the first book was confusing.
The experience was still enjoyable, although minor issues with the performance may incite some small frustrations in other pedants like myself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-18

The man is a genious

He probably gets this all the time (Anthony that is) but his use of language and vivid world building is compelling. His handle of our language is a level above what I normally listen to (military Sci Fi by many best selling authors) and I noticed that my grey matter fell in love. This was better than the first one and that was bordering on a masterpiece. To be able to write with such vision is amazing. HBO should grab this a make another "Game of Thrones" like epic series.

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  • matthew
  • 01-06-18

voice actor change

would have been a lot better if you had kept the same voice actor as in the waking fire

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  • James Corr
  • 12-07-17

Great!

I loved this book. Great narration, although i didnt care for changing voices for different characters. It was jarring.

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  • Setkeh
  • 10-27-17

Great series so far.

The series has been awesome so far the only downside is they aren't making it to audio books fast enough keep up the great work :D