The waking fire book 2
The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria, #1) by Anthony RyanThe New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria...
Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.
But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicates last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.
Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.
As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
Cancel anytime. Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles - and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. He won titles aplenty, only to cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm's northern reaches. Yet whispers have come from across the sea - rumours of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. For decades, the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amid the frozen peaks of their dominion. When word reaches the North of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains.
Dragons are hunted for their blood, which give one in every thousand amazing powers, and help power the machinery of this new world. Corporations rule, and monarchy is a ridiculed and outmoded way of governing. However, there is a lot more going on than even the largest corporate nations can imagine, and so we begin a new series which will stretch to three or four books. Firstly, I loved this book. Each POV character was mesmerising, and we never spent too much time with any of them. Their lives were fascinating, their responsibilities daunting, and Ryan writes them so well that you walk away genuinely feeling for each of them. However, despite all of this, I found this book excessively contrived.
The Waking Fire
It is Ryan's second series following the immensely popular Raven's Shadow trilogy. It was released on July 5, , Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Structurally, the novel is divided amongst three viewpoint characters: Clay, Lizanne and Hilemore. Ryan accordingly divides the larger story into three sub-genres — espionage, the lost-jungle expedition and the nautical adventure — and milks the full pulp mileage from each. The Waking Fire is a paean to the grand bygone days of exploration, adventure and scientific inquiry. Clay, for example, accompanies a group of stalwart explorers heading into the deepest jungle to brave cannibals and fearsome beasts. Hilemore embarks on a high-seas adventure, battling pirates, enemy fleets and the fearsome blue drakes of the ocean. Meanwhile, Lizanne engages in high-society espionage as she searches for arcane scientific artefacts and, in later chapters, even gets to strut her femme fatale abilities in full-blown battlefield engagements. Magic is evident but in a similar alchemical fashion as Snakewood.
Orbit UK cover. A great read. Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.