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Publisher's Summary

The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, book one of the Draconis Memoria series, a thrilling new epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire.

For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world.

Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate's only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war - if it even exists.

The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered blood blessed. He's handled many valuable things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation's future.

©2016 Anthony Ryan (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A major new talent." ( Buzzfeed)
"Anthony Ryan is a master storyteller." (Mark Lawrence)

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Terrible delivery, awesome story.

Such a great story but delivered in a monotone voice that forced me to constantly go back and listen to what was said. Almost impossible to distinguish between different people speaking and changes in scenes.
Persisted because the story is great.

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Famtastic story telling.

Lovely complicated backdrop of world politics and historical intrigue. Engaging characters and creatures.
Really enjoyed it.

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  • Jeremy
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  • 22-06-2017

Actually a really great story

This was an interesting, action packed, and enjoyable story. The three main characters developed nicely and had lots of adventures. All in all a really well rounded novel.
The only thing that let it down was the narration by Steven Brand. He did an OK job but really did just read it without much characterisation. By no means as bad as some (Tim Gerard Reynolds anyone?) but he's no Rupert Degas. Hopefully the new narrator for the second book will lend some gusto that this series deserves!

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A soild book that will keep you engaged

Good story line and read in an engaging way. The book has left me looking forward to the next installment.

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Fantastic story and excellent characters.

Loved every chapter of this riveting story. I would definitely recommend that you give it a go!

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Great Story

Let down by sub par narration. Narrator doesn't change the rythmn of speaking between narrative text or dialog, also doesn't discern which character is speaking with different accents, like some narrators. Makes it hard to keep track of who is saying what.

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Great story and well performed.

(Possible spoilers)The story is intriguing and the notion of planting the world in roughly the early 20th century greatly aids in the visualisation of the landscapes, the people, their environment and ultimately their everyday struggles.

I found the notion and theme of the key antagonist as a drake to be somewhat coy and the whole colour scheming somewhat overly simplistic. I think Anthony Ryan relies mostly on the richness of the prose and the hear and now as opposed to too much focus on the back story or the lore as it were and that can work really well but with this book I thought perhaps there wasn't enough of either.

Clay is also a bit of a poor anti-hero. He's not flawed enough. Yes he has many moments of doubt and the like but his character didn't really convey the vastly flawed and deeply self interested persona one would expect him to have after spending the majority of his life living on the streets and barely scrounging a life from a career in common crime.

In saying that, I still think this book will appeal to Anthony's fans and also more open minded and somewhat less detail oriented readers. Stephen Brand is also very good at the narration.

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Disappointed

I found this book disappointing unlike Anthony Ryan's other books of which I have enjoyed this one didn't do it for me.

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Very Dull

Struggled to get through first chapter. Doesnt pick up from there. I would not recommend

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