The Waking Fire

The Waking Fire

Book - 2016
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The 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 Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women 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 Syndicate's 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 lands 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 cruiser 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.

*Library Journal
Publisher: New York :, Ace Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101987858
Branch Call Number: FIC Ryan
Characteristics: 582 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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May 10, 2017

A departure from his previous series, the Ravens Shadow series. But really cool. Almost a steam punk feel. Lots of fun. Dragons and guns and great characters. At first I was kinda what the heck is this, but once you're in I was hooked. Can't wait for the next one!

KHCPL_Mikayla Jan 06, 2017

WOAH. Lots of questing and danger and dragons- I'm sorry, DRAKES (that are really dragons) - especially once you get past the character intros and world intros and all that good stuff. This one was definitely a monster of a book, and the detail that went into the planning and writing can't be overlooked. An epic fantasy novel, to be sure, and a series that I'm going to follow. Although this was an enormous book and I struggled to keep my interest going at times (SO MANY PEOPLE. SO MANY PLACES) I did enjoy this, and the ending was AMAZING. SO GOOD. My only other complaint is that I wish the drakes had gotten better names. Like, even How to Train Your Dragon gave the dragon types names. It's like Ryan put so much work into giving these 1000 characters crazy names that when he got to the drakes he was like, 'Nah. Red, Green, Black. That's good.' How boring though. Come on.

Anyway, I did still like it, and I would like to see where the next installment takes us. Because this was definitely epic.

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