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The Legion of Flame Audiobook

The Legion of Flame: Book Two of the Draconis Memoria

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Publisher's Summary

The Legion of Flame is the action-packed second audiobook in the Draconis Memoria series - an enthralling epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire.

Claydon Torcreek has survived drake-infested jungles, hostile tribes and the cold touch of betrayal - yet his troubles have only just begun.

The legendary white drake - believed to be nothing more than a myth - has awoken from its long slumber, with a thirst to reduce the world of men to ashes. One city has already fallen to the drake's formidable legions.

More will follow unless Clay can uncover an ancient secret that lies buried beneath the southern ice. Once again Clay must face unthinkable danger, and this time he carries not just the hopes of his own nation but the fate of the entire world.

©2017 Anthony Ryan (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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    06/07/2017
    06/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, terrible narrator"

    A really great novel as expected with Anthony Ryan; however, narrator can't pronounce simple words right which is really aggregating. Bring back Steven Brand.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 08/07/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 08/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "A Contemporary Fantasy Tour de Force"

    Anthony Ryan is making quite a name for himself now. After the Raven’s Shadow he set his sights on a veritable fantasy opera of epic scale in the Draconis Memoria. Steampunk, big, powerful and greedy corporations, a magic system based on dragon’s blood and a breath-taking world of epic proportions. In amongst that there are vividly drawn characters that lead us on various adventures with everything from epic quests to Prison Break style tales being brought to life. Despite its length this is fast-paced and breathlessly full of action and adventure.

    When I finished The Waking Fire audiobook I had two concerns for the future of the series. Firstly, the narration by a strangely and unusually subdued Steven Brand washed out this colourful world and its swashbuckling characters a little making if feel like I was listening in monochrome. Steve West is definitely an upgrade in that regard, he adds more variety and injects variety into the voices and personalities. My second concern was that having seemingly put everything but the kitchen sink into the first book Ryan would struggle for inspiration to fill the second and third. As it turns out he obviously had plenty left in the tank and he steampunks this through fabulous scenarios such as a prison city and the frozen southern wastes. It really is an amazing tour held together by the highly detailed world building.

    One thing that I wish I had done is re-visit The Waking Fire or at least the last few chapters just to get my head around the story and characters again as there is an awful lot going on. If you look on the author’s official website there are actually some resources there including maps, character descriptions, a chronology of the corporate age and a list of the main trading companies that might help anyone similarly challenged between the ears as myself. It’s not necessary but if you like to feel you’re keeping a strong track of things they could be useful.

    In short, this is a great continuation that promises much for the concluding episode of the series.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nina UK 16/07/2017
    Nina UK 16/07/2017 Member Since 2014

    Always looking for the next rabbit hole to tumble down.

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    "What a ride! A page-turner."

    The series just gets better and better!

    Anthony Ryan wows again with a graceful storytelling, exciting adventures and likeable characters, who stand up against the world of drakes. This book is so fast-paced, it will keep you awake at nights until you absorb it all.

    As the story progresses the magic system grows and a new established world full of history, intrigue and politics opens up even further, and invites heroes to discover the unknown. There are so many side stories, it's great!

    If you think that this is another book about dragons, well... it is, but the author breathes a fresh breath of air to the genre and introduces new twists to the dragons and their world. Their importance to the human race and magic really stands out, I shall say no more so as not to spoil the plot.

    It is difficult to compare the style of these books to the other acclaimed fantasy writers, as the book has a Branderson-sequel magic system, George Martin's feeling of discovery, Joe Abercrombie's strong characters and its own well-crafted plot with Ryan's chapter structure and tension build up. Despite throwing it all into one book, it works fantastically and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    Steve West does a fair job performing this book and it is a big improvement from the previous narrator. He is trying to give characters a unique personality and voice, however is it believable? I'm not convinced... though I have enjoyed this book a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dazfuller Derby, UK 14/09/2017
    dazfuller Derby, UK 14/09/2017 Member Since 2014

    dazfuller

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    "Stop reading this and get this now!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to the first in the series and thought it was amazing, the second instalment just blew me away.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Best is dragons. Oh, and politics. And mad-men, blood-blessed, dragon-blood steam punk type innovations, and technology ahead of their time from a mysterious source.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    It took me by surprise at the change of narrator but Steve West is brilliant and really brings the characters to life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, felt disgusted, felt sad and at one point was literally sat on the edge of my seat (yes, I meant literally).


    Any additional comments?

    Anthony Ryan is some kind of magician, pulling book after book of unexpected wonder and amazement from his literary hat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    k9 24/08/2017
    k9 24/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    love this story, very imaginative and thankfully a far far better narrator than the first book. I have to say if it had the previous narrator I wouldn't have bought it thankfully that has changed would definitely recommend this book.

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    Kyle 22/08/2017
    Kyle 22/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't panic."

    The narrator change freaked me out at first. Once I got over the initial shock I came to appreciate the performance. Despite the weird pronunciation of some words. Good story, good narration. 4 stars.

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    JPA 22/08/2017
    JPA 22/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "New narrator, same great world building!"

    Took me a while to get into the new narrator. He's not at all bad, I'd just recently listened to the last and the dramatic change in accents of characters threw me for several chapters. Once I'd got used to it though, I was well underway with the story once more.

    Some story threads grab me more than others, but that's usual with multiple POV books. The adventure of the story and the scenery and word is excellent. As is the cinematic combat and action sequences, and tension.

    I look forward to the third book.

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    kyle toyne 18/08/2017
    kyle toyne 18/08/2017
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    "Bad pick of narrator!"

    the first book was narrated by Steven Brand which in my opinion was a great fit, but this one is narrated by Steve West and no offence but his voice is very dull and makes you feel like your listening to a guided tour of a historical house in stead of a world with dragons. i would more then like rate this book a 9/10 if the narrator was changed to Steven Brand. at the moment it would be a low 3/10 and this is purely because of the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Mc 15/08/2017
    Mickey Mc 15/08/2017
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    "Okay"

    Firstly I preferred Steven Brand as the narrator (He did book 1).
    Secondly I was disappointed with the story. For the first time ever with an Anthony Ryan book I was looking forward to getting to the end of it. Without getting too spoilery, I just found it to repetitious. Same scenarios with different people. There's a part in the book where they come across a second world. This to me was needless and a very boring segment. Some across drakes, fight them and escape...and repeat this process over and over. Not sure I'll come back for Book 3 which again I thought I'd never say given how much I loved the tower lord trilogy.

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    MIchael N 11/08/2017
    MIchael N 11/08/2017
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    "Change of narrator"

    I didn't like the change of narrator.

    It took a while to get going. If I hadn't of read book 1 and want to see it to the end I'm not sure I would stuck it out if the start of book 2 was the start of book 1.

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    03/08/17
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    "Good, but ends in a huge cliffhanger"

    Good, but ends in a huge cliffhanger, hence my rating.
    The narrator is too mellow, he cuts away any sense of rush and excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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