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The Legion of Flame – Anthony Ryan

Synopsis:

For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood–and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed–to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen–a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.

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Review:

I sat down to read this novel directly on the heels of the first. I fully expected to love this novel because I had fallen in love with the characters the first-go-round. However, Anthony Ryan gave these characters even more depth and an even bigger story than I had anticipated. 

In book one, we are left with Claydon’s vision as our map for coming events. He meets up with Hilemore and they set off on a journey to save the world. Without giving spoilers, I love how the endings of both novels paralleled each other. It gave me an elevated sense of anticipation for the next novel.

Lizanne’s story takes a seriously unanticipated turn. We get to see her use every skill she has. She proves why she has been selected for missions of highest importance. She has become one of my favorite characters of all time.

The additions of Sirus’ viewpoint was a fantastic addition. It honestly reminded me of Dragon Age’s darkspawn/Archdemon storyline, with the added benefit of seeing the story from the darkspawn’s perspective. I do have to say, I was thrown by his addition at first, but after I realized why he was added it, I truly enjoyed it.

I did not think any fantasy novel was capable of the epic scope and fantastic storyline of Vaelin’s intro novel, Blood Song, but I believe Anthony Ryan has outdone himself. I laughed. I cried. I took this book everywhere I went. 

When does the next one come out again? (Not soon enough)

Quotes:

“On behalf of those not born into a life of useless indolence, I bid you welcome to adulthood.”

– Anthony Ryan, The Legion of Flame

I sense our drake god isn’t altogether happy with today’s butcher’s bill.”

 Anthony Ryan, The Legion of Flame

Recommendations:

The Black Prism – Brent Weeks

Malice – John Gwynne

Age of Myth – Michael J. Sullivan

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Lord of Snow and Shadows – Sarah Ash

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Synopsis:

Gavril was raised by his mother and lived the quiet simple life of an artist, until one day he is snatched up by his father’s army.

The Drakhaon has died, poisoned. His legacy must live on.

Gavril arrives to the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir to find he is the decedent of a King with dragon blood running through his veins. Upon his arrival he can feel the changes beginning in him. He is haunted by his dead father and is told a blood debt must be paid for his death. Gavril has no desire to bloody his hands but he cannot rid himself of this phantom.

As war wages, Gavril must find the darkness inside and either embrace it or find some way not be taken over by the power.

Review:

I could not finish this book. I have been trying for two months. There was no plot, no character development, no real story. I have no idea how I pushed through half of it.

Her imagery is truly well done. She is able to set a beautiful/horrifying scene but it just wasn’t enough.

I loved the idea of this story so much that I purchased the trilogy all at once. I am completely bummed that it didn’t work out.

(No quotes because nothing stuck out to me :/ )

Recommendations:

Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)  by Anne Bishop

Dragon Champion (Age of Fire #1)  by E.E. Knight

Magic’s Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)  by Mercedes Lackey

Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy, #1)  by Jacqueline Carey

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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