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Publisher's Summary

Armies will clash and ancient secrets will be revealed in The Empire of Ashes, the thrilling conclusion to Anthony Ryan's Draconis Memoria series.

The White Drake's army has cut a bloody swathe across the world, leaving nothing but ash in its wake. Thousands of innocents have died beneath its blades, and countless more will surely follow.

Only small-time criminal Claydon Torcreek and master spy Lizanne Lethridge - along with their ragtag band of allies - stand between the White Drake's fury and the world's end.

To save the future, they must delve into the past - and unravel a timeless mystery that might just turn the tide once and for all.

©2018 Anthony Ryan (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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great conclusion

drifted in and out through book two so I'm so glad book 3 got me hooked with epic action and interesting character moments

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  • JPA
  • 10-16-18

Excellent world building continued.

I enjoyed this series. Excellent world building, history and settings. Loved the dragons and the magic. The characters didn't grab me as much, alas, but I still enjoyed it and would read more in this setting.

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  • Mr. L. HALL
  • 10-14-18

a great ending to an enjoyable trilogy

a very good Ending to a truly enjoyable trilogy! highly recommended. have and will gladly read again!

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  • Dr. J. S. Grimwood
  • 10-09-18

Dull, boring and tedious

I was so glad when this trilogy finished. I only listened to it as I had enjoyed the tower lord series. If I had listened to this series first, then I would never have bothered listening to his other works. I am not sure why I bothered to listen to the end, as it didn't improve or pick up the pace or give any twists or turns. I found it thoroughly boring. Two stars given as I have heard worse!

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  • Nina
  • 08-27-18

Dangerous & wonderful magic in the dragons world.

A satisfying wrap up to a well-written trilogy. Anthony Ryan has done a great job.
His magic system with dragons is just astonishing. The complexity of war, politics, intrigue and the magic of dragon blood was keeping me satisfied till the very last pages. The way the author is able to draw the reader into the action at different parts of his fantasy world is terrific and makes this read so much more engaging, yet without over complicating the plot.
This book stands out from the shelf of fantasy books of a similar genre. What a great writing style!
So why four stars? Although on paper everything was there and the magic, and events were so well developed, I felt that I didn’t fall in love with the characters. The heroes have just not grown enough for me. There were emotions and hinting at what might happen next, but there could have been so much more...

Steve West does a fair job. He is is trying to give characters their own unique voices and I really wanted to loose myself in this listen, but he just doesn’t have the magic that Anthony Ryan has spread. One more time, a different narrator could make this audiobook so much more enjoyable and powerful.

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  • Matt C.
  • 08-25-18

Unreal. Amazing story and incredible narration!

Unreal. Amazing story and incredible narration! Loved the entire series from start to finish. Total must listen.

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  • Mr
  • 07-25-18

Not quite what I was hoping for

Unlike the last trilogy, I found Anthony Ryan spending far too much time on dull plot lines and elements that made no sense.

I also cannot understand the switch from Steven Brand who I think is excellent. I see there were plenty who agreed with the change so maybe I am in the minority but I thought he was excellent.

A Spoiler alert here so I will seem a bit of space for you:










The endless quest to finally get the blacks to agree to join, to then see the thousands drop to 50 to then 1. What on earth was the point. What a complete waste of time. I simply do not get it.

I found myself wanting to skip forward.

The magic element was great and Anthony Ryan is truly a great author but I think there were some big plot holes in this one.

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  • Stuart Kennedy
  • 07-11-18

Brilliant

A brilliant conclusion to the trilogy. I can't wait for A. Ryan"s next set of novels.

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  • Malisa
  • 09-03-18

Yassss

Loved everything about this book, I really loved Steve’s performance in this book, much better than the previous. Wish there were 10 more books.