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  • The Waking Fire

  • Book One of Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, book one of the Draconis Memoria series, a thrilling new epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire. For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Times for heroes are back!

  • By Nina on 08-07-17

generally hard work!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-19

I had to force myself to listen, poor writing and poor narration. The synopsis appeared to spark an interest (otherwise why would I download!?) and normally I pluck good reads out but either this was made so awful by the narration or just the narration made it hard work. I think the actual book maybe palatable when read rather than listened to but fails to stand the transfer to be listened to as the descriptions and character building is limited.

  • The Elvenbane

  • By: Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mildly Entertaining

  • By Miss DePlume on 31-08-16

Enjoyable story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Really enjoyed the story, whay could go wrong with having dragons and elves in a world with humans! The narrator took a lot of getting used to and her inflections on words made it difficult at times to work out character names.