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The third book of epic conflicts and arcane intrigue in New York Times best-selling author Anthony Ryan's Draconis Memoria series.

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, spread to disparate corners of the world, must rely upon the new powers and knowledge they have gained at great price to halt its forces - or face the end of all they know.

©2018 Anthony Ryan (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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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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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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You will not be disappointed!

Loved it... An excellent book of prime calibur and the best dramatic production ...well acted. I highly recommend it

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Alright, but the Blood Song trilogy was better

the narrator does a decent job. I found that the story itself, while possessing some decent characters and devices, lacked the cohesion of the Blood Song trilogy.

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Excellent Steampunk fueled by dragon blood!

Complex plot filled with interesting characters. Great world building. Top this all off with a top notch narration.

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Awesome Development but still..............

I really enjoyed getting more information and the various developments of the characters. It was still as frustrating as ever with the cutting of perspectives from one character to the next but I must say it was really riding the edge of being tolerable or annoying...I think Mr. Ryan has no problem whatsoever writing the beginning and middle of a book but the endings usually leave something to be desired. I am not sure if this was a trilogy but I really really hope it isnt because simply was "for lack of better words" a shit ending..please don't be a trilogy!!

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Good but frustrating narration

It’s a great series, definitely worth your credits. Sort of a gentler zombie apocalypse with dragons and magic tale.

Although I think the narrator is skilled, I found his inability to not speak like an upper class English gentleman frustrating. There are main characters who are from the streets and who use corresponding language, yet he chooses to do their voices like King George is reading their lines. I found that forever distracting.

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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.