The Empire of Ashes

The Draconis Memoria, Book 3
Narrated by: Steve West
Series: Draconis Memoria, Book 3
Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
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In the White Drake's war, the price of freedom is paid in blood and fire....

For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood - and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it. A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. 

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore have been spread to disparate corners of the world, but they are united in their desire to defeat the White Drake and the Spoiled who follow it.

Humanity itself is at stake, but with the aid of ancient knowledge, revolutionary technology, and unexpected allies, all hope is not lost. Saving the world will require sacrifice, as Clay, Lizanne, and Hilemore will see all they know either consumed by flames or reborn from the ashes. 

©2018 Anthony Ryan (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Good work!

The story is well written and there are no ex machina like events. Narrator has shown considerable improvement on the quality of the narration. I did not regret the purchase.

For me personally Anthony Ryan is one of the great authors of my time. I haven’t been so completely riveted to an epic since JRR Tolkien, and Ryan’s writing style is much more succinct than Tolkien’s anyway.


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Gather Your Notes Beforehand

While the reader is excellent, you’ll nonetheless want to assemble a printed list of the characters, and all relevant maps to really appreciate, nay, FOLLOW, the action. These books should bring particular pleasure to those who love both fantasy and military history.

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Fantastic conclusion to a wonderful book series!

I cannot say enough good things about this book series. It is everything a Flintlock fantasy / steampunk / dieselpunk enthusiast could ever ask for. I love every minute of this audiobook and love the story arcs converging into an incredible climax. I would gladly revisit this setting with a prequel or sequel series of follow-on literature. Bravo.

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Doesn’t make any sense

The author explains that the bad guys are limited to a set number of bad guys and then they are killed. Now that there are no more he kills them again... and again... and again.

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Less than the first two

Still good, but not up to the first two. Less character development; more battle scenes. Also less serious flow motivation. Too predictable.

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Great Conclusion

A great way to end a very interesting epic in a great world. Anthony Ryan deserves more credit in this day and age. When it comes to world building, he's right up there with the best today.

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Wonderful series

It was a great series and performed wonderfully. Anthony Ryan is one of the best modern fantasy writers and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him. His work needs to be on the screens in our houses soon. My only complaint is the audible changed narrator for the 2nd book then back to Steve for the last. It’s the biggest complaint I have with audible in general. Please keep the same reader for a whole series. You get tied to voices and characters and changing that can mess up the whole dynamic of a book

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Lots of battle, little plot or character dev

This could have been 5 hours shorter and been way more satisfying. The battle detail, while well-written, became depressing and tedious. The pacing was choppy. It didn't make the characters or situations more interesting or gripping. I FF-ed. The first two books were better.

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Cringe-inducingly Terrible American Accents

For some reason, I'm not much of a fan of dragon motifs in fantasy, but Ryan is good at what he does and the story is worth reading. However, I just cannot get past the gratingly awful American accents the narrator uses. Dude makes Kevin Costner's Robin of Locksly look like Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher. I bet he's actually trolling. I made it through the first volumes, but it's so distracting I just can't finish this one.

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great series

Loved every minute of it. while story ties really well together. watch the volume thou. the reader gets a little loud during some of the "shouting" parts of the story.