Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review 'The Waking Fire' by Anthony Ryan
The Waking Fire is set in a vibrant new world where the blood of drakes—creatures similar to dragons—is valued beyond reckoning, and can be distilled into elixirs that grant fearsome powers to those who are “blood-blessed.” The novel follows an unregistered blood-blessed as he searches for an elusive variety of drake so potent, its capture would mean unrivalled riches; the second in command of a blood-burning ironclad ship; and a young woman in a lifelong contract to a trading syndicate, whose espionage mission places her on the front lines of a newly declared war. As empires clash and arcane mysteries reveal themselves, these characters are tested again and again and soon discover that the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

The Draconis Memoria is a remarkable new epic fantasy series with steampunk flavor, full of the phenomenal worldbuilding and non-stop action that have gained Anthony Ryan a global fan base.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 7th, 2016
The Draconis Memoria #1
eBook, Hardcover
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I was approached to read ‘The Waking Fire’ by Anthony Ryan. I heard some good things about this author but hadn’t read anything by him before. I also hadn’t read a lot of fantasy novels lately, so I was excited when ‘The Waking Fire’ arrived and I could start reading.

The first thing I have to say about ‘The Waking Fire’ is that the writing was very good. Although it took me a while to really get into the story, the writing was something that will stay with me. I loved reading the point of views of the three main characters and their story kept me hooked. There was a lot happening and above all I really loved reading about the dragons. I just love dragons!
But at times the story was a little slow, which made it hard to really get into the story especially at the beginning.

The characters were definitely very interesting. There were three main characters; a spy, a sailor and an adventurer and I loved reading about them. Although I loved reading the point of views of these three characters, it was sometimes a little frustrating how a chapter written through one point of view, would end as a cliffhanger, and you would have to wait a view chapters to read what was happening. But on the other hand, it made this read very interesting.

The other thing I really liked about this book was the world that was created. I loved reading about this new world, and the author really made it exciting to read. There was a lot of information to get through, but in the end it really felt like I knew the world ‘The Waking Fire’ was set in.

But there were definitely moments, I really found it hard to keep on reading because there were a view ‘slow’ parts in this book. This book is 592 pages long, so it isn’t strange that it felt like it would never end at times. Thankfully, the characters, the writing and the world this book was set in made this read a very good one for me. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.

For more information about Anthony Ryan please visit his website. Or visit Anthony on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I hadn't heard of this one before. The world building sounds incredible and the story a good one, even despite the slow parts.

    1. The world building definitely was one of the best thing about this read. It totally made up for the slow parts. ;)


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