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characters The Waking Fire

characters The Waking Fire 107 ´ 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 MemoriaThroughout the vast lands controlled by the IHarted territories in search of a creature he believes is little 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 Hile 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   Library Journ. while different than Raven's Shadow much modern with guns engines and magic this reads superbly so far about 100 pages in making one forget about the debut trilogy books 2 and 3 major letdown read 200 pages so far and I have to say that it is just awesome stuff better even than Blood Song at least considering my tastes since it's considerably imaginative; if it keeps going like this it will be #1 for the year by farI finished the book and while it kept its page turning ualities till the end the last 13 wasn't as awesome as the first 23 since the novel changed from interesting characters interesting world building discovery intrigue war to fight the all powerful dark lord well here it's a dragon but still who wants to subjugate humanity maybe for good reasons true has super dee duper powers like transforming all humans around except for the main characters of course in mindless drones which worship and obey the dark lord command legions of other dragons to attack the human cities and fleets and the desperate defense etc etcA good stopping point for the ending but I truly hope the series won't devolve into characters running around to discover how to defeat the all powerful dark lord who is just this close to subjugatedestroy the whole human civilization as the interplay between the humans a corporate 19th century like conglomeration of states with magic and guns a bloody empire with nobles magic and ruthless soldiers pirates islanders colonies etc was so much interesting than shooting dragons left right and center with and powerful guns there is a James Bond vibe too with a like inventor and his cool gadgets and the coolly named Exceptional Initiatives organization within the Ironship Protectorate to which Lizanne one of the 3 main characters is a successful agent and young shareholder as well as a magician blood blessed in this case coming from a notorious family as do the other 2 main characters Clay an unregistered blood blessed from the slums though his uncle is a respectable and honorable man and Hile a ship officer on the fastest protectorate warship whose grandfather was also a famous officer; the secondary characters are also excellent and uite a few a young girl a mentor governor and ladies academy principal a contract company with lots of eccentric characters a pirate ueen with her uite un friendly family various nobles shareholders officers explorers revolutionaries and mythic figures like the Artisan and the SeerOverall great narrative power awesome and inventive 23 conventional but still good last 13 good stopping point and hoping for the resumption of inventiveness in volume 2 rather than going the standard dark lord path

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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 MemoriaThroughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate nothing is 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 me. Have you ever read a book that felt like it was written just for you That’s how The Waking Fire made me feel It had everything I love in fantasy novels and then some And it was also one of the best dragon books I’ve ever read – niceThe Waking Fire was a cool merge of dragon centric high fantasy and 1920s era steampunk It was filled with an abundance of exotic settings – everything from the high seas to ancient ruins deep in the jungle It took a while before dragons really became the champions of the story but they were definitely integral to the plot from the very beginning The entire novel revolves around dragon blood and how each type can provide magical properties to a handful of gifted humans It read very much like Sanderson’s Mistborn saga where metals provide these properties rather than dragon blood which is why I think fans of that series would most definitely enjoyed this one and vice versaThe Waking Fire is a multiple POV story and I’d have a hard time telling you which perspective I enjoyed the most – they were all good One thing I’ve always appreciated about Ryan’s work is that his female characters are always strong harbingers of change eual to his male characters I wouldn’t say I found any of the women in The Waking Fire particularly relatable but they were all eually kickass and interestingThis book is one amazing armchair adventure that will give you one surprise after another There were many passages I reread because the content was so dang cool especially near the end This book will punch you in the gut the entire way through and make you love every momentOverall with the combination of dragons exotic settings amazing characters great writing and surprising plot The Waking Fire is officially one of my new favorite books I highly recommend it to fantasy fans especially if you loved Blood Song – the first book in Ryan’s Raven’s Shadow TrilogyOther books you might likeThe Final Empire Brandon SandersonThe Aeronaut's Windlass Jim ButcherA Natural History of Dragons Marie BrennanThe Name of the Wind Patrick RothfussThe Lies of Locke Lamora Scott LynchVia The Obsessive Bookseller at wwwnikihawkescom

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The Waking FireN 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 Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake far 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 unc. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum departure from his Raven’s Shadow trilogy Anthony Ryan’s latest novel The Waking Fire is the start of a new series featuring a compelling blend of fantasy adventure and intrigue And if there was one thing I learned from reading ueen of Fire it’s that Ryan has a talent for writing amazing scenes of battle on the high seas—which are also plentiful in this new book Then there are the dragons Oh we mustn’t forget the dragonsIn this fascinating new world of The Draconis Memoria no other commodity is prized above what the people call “product” a deceptively innocuous term for something in fact truly magical and amazing Dragon’s blood By itself product is unremarkable—volatile and dangerous even—save for the powers it bestows to a very small slice of the population known as the blood blessed those rare men and women who are literally one in a thousand Their abilities that manifest are so advantageous and formidable that entire industries have been dedicated to the harvesting of dragon blood either from hunting the creatures or taking it from those kept in captivity Unfortunately though over exploitation has depleted their numbers in the wild and those in the Ironship Syndicate who have noticed this weakening have real fears that the ensuing shortage of product will lead to war with their neighbors in the Corvantine EmpireHowever a group in the Syndicate has been clandestinely following up on the whispers of a rare breed of drake Ancient texts tell of the White a dragon that is supposed to be far powerful than the commonplace Reds Greens Blacks and Blues By all accounts the white dragon is a myth—but there are those who believe with all their hearts that it exists and would do whatever it takes to get their hands on its blood a treasure worth beyond anything imaginedThe Waking Fire tells a story of how three disparate characters find themselves on a uest to seek this elusive creature of legend First there’s Claydon Torcreek who is not just your run of the mill slippery thief That’s because Clay is also a blood blessed albeit unregistered using his powers to give himself an advantage over his fellow criminals and scoundrels Then one day he gets arrested and pressed into his Uncle Braddon’s service As it happens Braddon is about to embark on a journey which would reuire someone of Clay’s talents Next up is Corrick Hile an officer newly assigned to an ironship whose captain is in the early stages of testing out a faster powerful engine As a character Hile didn’t really stand out for me and it was also a while before we saw his sections relate to the overall story Still I have to say his chapters were undoubtedly some of the most exciting see earlier comment about amazing ship battles filled with encounters with pirates and with Corvantine enemy forces But by far my favorite character was probably Lizanne Lethridge a spy and assassin tasked by her superior to gather intelligence which would help in the hunt for the white drake Lizanne embodies everything I love about female spy characters—disciplined and efficient but also smart and independent enough to not blindly follow orders when her gut instinct tells her something isn’t rightI also enjoyed Anthony Ryan’s dragons even though they are incidental than anything for it is their blood that is the focus on this story The power that a blood blessed can summon upon consuming product will depend on the type of dragon the blood came from A useful maxim to remember is “Blue for the mind Green for the body Red for the fire Black for the push” The idea of a “gifted” section of the populace being able to gain a variety of physical and mental enhancements or abilities from chugging certain kinds of substances is definitely not new for instance Brandon Sanderson’s magic system in Mistborn immediately comes to mind but I liked how Ryan incorporated the dragon mythos and he made it conceivable that uncanny powers can be derived from the essence of these magical creaturesThe plot pacing is a bit uneven but to be fair that’s not something uncommon for a lot of these big epic fantasy novels I liked that the book hooked me in straight away the first ten or so pages of the prologue introducing a riddle which sets the tone for the rest of the story The three character perspectives are well balanced and explores multiple facets of the story in depth as well as a great deal of what’s happening around the world If you enjoy fantasy uest narratives and all that comes along with them then you should also have a great time following Clay Lizanne and Hile on their individual trials and challenges As with any long journey the three of them will experience exciting adventures but also plenty of downtime to regroup and recuperate Always though the plot presses forward with its intrigues and character development By the time the book ended I was practically screaming at that cliffhangerOverall I really enjoyed this book I was left with a couple thoughts when I finished First of all Anthony Ryan has seriously upped his game The Waking Fire is proof that his debut trilogy Raven’s Shadow was just a taste of to come from that brilliant mind of his And the second thought on my mind of course was WHEN WILL WE GET THE SEUEL I’m definitely on board with this new series