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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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    D. Fyler 08-24-16
    D. Fyler 08-24-16 Member Since 2014

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Poor performance"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-15-16
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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.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Smokey 07-07-16
    Smokey 07-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Monotone"
    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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    Amazon Customer 01-24-17
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    "Narration killed the story for me"
    What disappointed you about The Waking Fire?

    The narration was terrible.


    Has The Waking Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will still read other books of this genre of course.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Brand’s performance?

    It was far too sedate and morose. He never changed his tone or pitch between characters. It was very hard to follow who was talking most of the time.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Thoroughly disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I specifically chose this author and narrator combination when looking for a new book. I had previously enjoyed the collaboration and was expecting the same here. Unfortunately I was nearly 10 minutes into the book before I realized the initial character talking was supposed to be a woman. And things like this continued throughout the 15 chapters I managed to slog through. I kept rewinding passages because I had lost the train of the conversation between individuals as there was nothing to determine it.
    Even through fights and falls and numerous action scenes, murders and escapes there was little more to differentiate it beyond raising his voice. Not changing it.. just speaking a little bit louder and one occasion a little faster. I'm sure the book may be well written, but having to listen to it was almost unbearable. I am very disappointed as again, I specifically sought out this narrator and author. I'm not sure why he took a sedative prior to recording but I hope they redo it one day, perhaps then I will try again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel N. Matustik Studio City, CA USA 09-18-16
    Pavel N. Matustik Studio City, CA USA 09-18-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Story - Awful Performance"

    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.

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    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 01-31-17
    J. Bly Minneapolis, MN USA 01-31-17 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.

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    "Spoiler alert! Or...maybe not?"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    So there's a guy, and he gets kinda screwed. And then there's this girl, and she's a spy? Or ... an assassin? Or a thief? All of that perhaps? Things happen at a place. Actually I think it's a few different places. There's different countries... or empires... and dragons. Don't forget them. Some of them fly. Maybe they all fly? I'm not really clear on that.

    Truth is I'm not really clear on a lot and I've restarted this book 4 times now. I really want to like it. It has all the elements but I keep losing track of who is who and who they are aligned with.It's like I'm reading that malazan empire series again. I know something important is happening but I just ... can't... quite figure out what.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so close! Maybe a different editor? Someone should have stood up anyway and said "Uh, this is confusing."

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    Carl 10-09-16
    Carl 10-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    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.

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    Rochelle 07-28-16
    Rochelle 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't get into it:("

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Huzzah"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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