The Legion of Flame

Narrated by: Steve West
Series: Draconis Memoria, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (908 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Empires clash, and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times best-selling author of the Raven's Shadow Trilogy.

For centuries the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood - and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed - to fuel and protect its empire. But now a fearsome power has arisen - a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.

©2017 Anthony Ryan (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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A good continuation of the series

If you could sum up The Legion of Flame in three words, what would they be?

I'm not going to do that.

It's still the 3 main characters from the first book, with an addition of one other perspective which really is telling towards the story and the point of view of the 'other side'

Lizanne's story line drags a little bit because it's a lot more political than the rest, which makes sense for her, but for me it was like OK GET TO THE POINT. Luckily by the end, they did.
Clay and Hilemoore(I don't know if this is how you spell it, since I just listened to it) have grown in their own ways.
The new character is someone we know but his side of the story and his direction is very interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Legion of Flame?

uhhh

SPOILER***

When they find ''her'' and figure out where the white comes from.

Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

Hilemoore. He sounds as he should.

Now. He is getting A LOT of hate here in the reviews because of the changed narrator. Now I will say this, the previous narrator is a very good narrator, but the issue with him is that he has no character depth. All his characters sounded the exact same, there was no diversity, there wasn't a difference between any of the males, any of the dialects, and the women sounded exactly like the other women and wasn't even trying very hard.
He would be excellent as a single or maybe 2 POV book, but not in one that has multiple.
Now Steve West,
He has a different voice for everyone, a different dialect depending where that character is from, and the Corventines(sp?) all sounded similar

So for people who are hating on Steve West, think again- he is a very good narrator, so is Steven Brand..but honestly he just wasn't up to snuff for this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it for many hours at once but in no way could listen to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Give this book a go, if you haven't listened to the first book, please do for a lot of the things will not make sense.
Don't let the old narrator or new narrator discourage you- they are both VERY GOOD narrators, and the story really is worth the switch of voices.

Can't wait for the 3rd book, I hope it comes out in a year instead of 5 years later or something

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Is it just me or are the chapters out of order?

I listened to the first chapter and it made no sense. It didnt seem like it should be the first chapter. I am going to have to search thru the chapters and see if I can find the correct first chapter that matches the printed book. Maybe after all that it will get better

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Get ready for disappointment.

Short version, I recommend people buy the print version and not purchase the audio book. Narration sounds like an elderly man from BBC news radio.

Did you love The Ravens Shadow series, did you gape in wonder when the blue drakes destroyed the corventine fleet. Have you waited in excited anticipation for the release of this book?

If you said yes to the above then get ready to have a wonderful story nearly ruined by barely passable narration. Steve West merely tells a story, while Steven Brand could transport you into another reality. I used to think Anthony Ryan's book made Steven Brand a great Narrator, however the reality is Steven Brand narrative made Anthony Ryan's books great.

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CHAPTERS ARE OUT OF ORDER

Beware; this audiobook starts in the middle of the book; then jumps back to the first chapter half way through! Don’t listen to this audiobook until this is fixed (buy the paper copy instead).

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Couldn't stand the new narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Keeping Steven Brand as the narrator.
I've long since gotten accustomed to Steven Brand's narrations of Anthony Ryan books.
His lower monotone type voice just goes well with the books.
I tried multiple times to get into the new guy, but its just not the same. I couldn't make it past the first chapter. I was really looking forward to this book, the first one was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clay.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

-Voice doesn't match the tone of the book.
-Very slow reader.
-Not Steven Brand

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

Disappointment in the production

Any additional comments?

Switching narrators mid ALWAYS sucks, sometimes its forgivable and you can move on. This was absolutely not one of those instances.

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App SUCKS!!!

the book is great but the audible app sucks i am listening to this third time and all the chapters are out of syncs for example chapter 1 heading tells you the story of chapter 16. Terrible terrible app. And i am stuck with it. If i would be able to transfer the books at different platform i would have done it now i am stuck with this app because of books.

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STOP CHANGING NARRATORS - NEVER DO IT AGAIN, EVER

What would have made The Legion of Flame better?

If they had rehired the previous narrator. They should have better scheduled the release or paid more or whatever it took. This change is completely unacceptable.

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New Narrator same great story!

Many of the complaints about this book was of the change in narrators, but the new narrator did an excellent job. If I have any compliant it is the slow start. And the fact that we are well into the third act before we get the explanation we been waiting for since the first book. Ryan does a fantastic job however of tying the four storylines together in the final act and leaves the reader wanting more. Top notch steampunk fiction and excellent world building.

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I didn't enjoy this very much

I really struggled through this one. The narrator has changed from the first book and while he is fine, it's not the same for me. The story seemed to have so much unimportant content that I kept drifting off and sometimes I would rewind, but usually I just kept going, knowing I hadn't missed anything important. I'm still going to try the third book and hope I enjoy more, as this one ended on a cliff hanger.

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poorly organized

It's difficult to truly get into the story when chapters are being skipped. At the very beginning of the book for instance, it starts at chapter 1 but then changes to chapter 17 and 18. I'm unsure if I will continue this series or not.

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