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The Waking Fire Audiobook

The Waking Fire: The Draconis Memoria, Book 1

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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

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    "Narrator does not do the story Justice"

    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.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    D. Fyler 08-24-16
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    "A promising beginning"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Smokey 07-07-16
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    What disappointed you about The Waking Fire?

    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


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    Desirae Waters Las Vegas, NV 01-26-17
    Desirae Waters Las Vegas, NV 01-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    I think the narrator would be a fantastic nonfiction narrator but it is very hard to distinguish who is who in the first half of the book. I think I lost a lot due to the lack of variety in the narrators performance. Great story though. Unfortunately I may avoid Anthony Ryan in the future if he maintains this narrator

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    Rob 05-17-17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it"

    It's a neat fantasy book, with a cool premise and good writing. I pick up the second when it's written.

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    Debra 05-01-17
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    "wonderful"

    great story, well read, good dialogue. i thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next one.

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    Tracy 04-02-17
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    I don't want to give too much away but the book is fantastic, the world building is good and interesting and the new take on the whole dragon,corporate greed ,save the world type story.

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    Jacob Klinger 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good start, slow burner"

    Is a good start to a world building saga. Not sure where it's going to go which is the same as the others from Anthony Ryan and the characters are well fleshed out.

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    sherry Rockingham, NC, United States 12-27-16
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    "Great book!!"

    This book was a wonderful read took me a minute to get everything straight but after that it was wonderful a new way to look at things a new kind of story interesting from front to back can't wait for the next edition

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chr1sH4ll Lithia,FL 12-17-16
    Chr1sH4ll Lithia,FL 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome! can't wait for the next one!"

    Stephen Brand makes Anthony Ryan's books come alive. The waking fire is no different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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