- Series: The Draconis Memoria (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Ace (July 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101987855
- ISBN-13: 978-1101987858
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 197 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria) Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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Praise for The Waking Fire
"A marvelous piece of imagination with plenty of twists, a refreshingly different setting, and excellent world-building. A great read."—Mark Lawrence, international bestselling author of The Wheel of Osheim
"The Waking Fire is part Indiana Jones, part Pirates of the Caribbean, and part Mistborn. It's got wonderful, memorable characters and great action...I loved it."—Django Wexler, author of The Guns of Empire
"A fascinating world run mostly by corporations, where much of the power comes from dragon blood, provides a compelling backdrop for this sprawling epic fantasy...Breakneck pacing and sheer wonder keep the story compelling."—Locus
"Ryan handily juggles draconic fantasy, espionage, and steampunk naval fiction with realism and effortless skill."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Raven’s Shadow trilogy
“All fantasy readers should rejoice.”—Michael J. Sullivan, author of Age of Myth
“Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly
“A powerful epic.”—SFFWorld.com
“Heroic epic fantasy.”—Fantasy Book Critic
About the Author
Anthony Ryan is the author of the Raven’s Shadow novels, including Blood Song, Tower Lord and Queen of Fire. The Waking Fire is the first novel in the Draconis Memoria series. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book.
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Well thought out magic system, battles that kept me awake past the time I wanted to go to sleep, and characters that kept me wanting more...what else could I ask for?
The world created by Ryan in this novel is properly constructed and the "magic" system if it could be termed as such is very much jn keeping with the "dawn of the industrial age" dynamic of the story.
Good characters, developed sufficiently to allow one to root for them.
The book is a good read and I am on to the next in the series with no hesitation.
Society herein is built on an unsophisticated form of government (basically corporations), with two primary "companies" warring for ascendancy and control of more of the planet, all against a complex backdrop including colored dragons, harvesting of dragon blood, and a frontier-like society. Certain gifted people are able to use dragon blood to briefly acquire extraordinary powers. In addition, the development of their technologies and its impact on the wars is fascinating, much as in a real war, as well as the role played by the gifted, the dragons and the Spoiled. The story builds to a powerful climax, as seen by the main characters aligned with the losing company, but the dragons play a major role including the mythical white dragon. I also enjoyed the evolution of the characters as they mature in response to the stresses of war.
I enjoyed the read and it was not easy to put down even briefly. I would happily have given this novel 5 stars except for one thing - the author has an unusual and sometimes stilted vocabulary by using the second and third definition of some words, sometimes misapplying entirely in my opinion. One example is the extreme overuse of 'besmirched' to mean 'dirtied or soiled', technically correct but a second definition more used in poetry.