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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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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.

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Narrator change

The narrator change is suicidal to the story , especially when he adopts totally new condescending accents to already established characters... I didn’t get past an hour! The story lost all appeal.

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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.

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Bring back Steven Brand

rubbish narrator ruins a great book Bring back Steven Brand please i would buy it again

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surprising little gem

I'm really enjoying this series - it has a Malazan feel to it - no where near as large or complicated but a nice flavour non the less. I will certainly be getting the 3rd audio book.
my only complaint is the Narrator. the 1st book has a different narrator to the 2nd. both had lively English accents but the narrator of the 2nd book decided to give some of the main characters an American Southern drawl. it was just bearable with the male characters, but went through me when it was the female characters sounding like southern bells.

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A Good Story but somewhat Gory

Industrial evolution via sentient species blood leaves the reader with little sympathy for the endangered humanity 's plight however I shall read the series provided it's no more than 3 -4 books

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better than the last book.

a vast improvement especially in the narrator as the story becomes slightly more interesting than the last book.

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Book 2, even better than the first,

Loved this book, carrying on from the story in book 1, enjoy the way it focusses on the perspective of a few different characters

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great atory

great story, good pace, cant wait for book 3. cant recommend enough to fantasy readers. well written and the characters feel brilliantly portrayed.

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Enjoyed the first book and it’s reader . The reader of this book tries too hard with accents. I’ll listen to it but hard going with the mixture of British and American accents .

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  • 03-08-17

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.

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  • 09-05-18

Wait until book 3 is out

The author ends almost all chapters on a cliffhanger, including the last ones. So wished I'd waited until the series was done.