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The Waking Fire

(The Draconis Memoria #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  11,688 ratings  ·  986 reviews
The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria...

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published July 7th 2016 by Orbit (first published July 5th 2016)
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Naomi I completely agree. I mean look at the UK cover of Strange the Dreamer compared to the US one. The UK one is 10x more gorgeous!
Sarah B I would say yes, it's clean. There's really no foul language and no sex. There is one or two minor kiss. The book does suggest that a couple spent the…moreI would say yes, it's clean. There's really no foul language and no sex. There is one or two minor kiss. The book does suggest that a couple spent the night together but nothing is actually described; it's more hinted at. There is lots of violence and death. Including people getting sliced open and the guts coming out. Or death by dragon fire. I would say it's very similar to what you see in Pirates of the Caribbean except it's with dragons. The book does use the word "whore" but it's not a swear word. (less)

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Mark Lawrence
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hooray! I've finished!

I've been reading this book for 16 weeks!

I'm a sloooooow reader. And it's a long book. At 220,000 words it's longer than any book I've written and almost three times as long as Prince of Thorns! Still, it's only half a George Martin doorstop.

But mostly, I had an electronic copy and I don't get on with reading from my laptop - I keep nipping off to the internet!

So - to the book.

First off, it's really well written. Anthony Ryan can write! In fact he's annoyingly good.

There ar
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

A decent foundational start to a steampunk epic fantasy and also a far departure from Blood Song.

The Waking Fire is the first book in Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria trilogy and it is overall a good foundational book, which could’ve been great or amazing if it wasn’t for the weak first half. It’s practically impossible for me to do this review without mentioning Ryan’s Blood Song or Raven’s Shadow. It can’t be helped really, Blood Song is one of my favorite debut of all time and I’m s
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Have you ever read a book that felt like it was written just for you? That’s how The Waking Fire made me feel. It had everything I love in fantasy novels and then some. And it was also one of the best dragon books I’ve ever read – nice!

The Waking Fire was a cool merge of dragon-centric high fantasy and 1920s era steampunk. It was filled with an abundance of exotic settings – everything from the high seas to ancient ruins deep in the jungle. It took a while before dragons really became the champi
Petros Triantafyllou
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a signed ARC of The Waking Fire the day before my birthday. Best birthday gift ever? I'll begin by saying that The Waking Fire is nothing like the Blood Song. If you are looking for a Badass and heroic, flaming-sword-holding and ever-winning protagonist, you are searching in the wrong place.

The story is evenly divided between 3 POV characters. A naval officer, a well accomplished thief, and an Academy graduate James Bond-ish secret agent. But they are not what makes this book great. T
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A departure from his Raven’s Shadow trilogy, Anthony Ryan’s latest novel The Waking Fire is the start of a new series featuring a compelling blend of fantasy, adventure, and intrigue. And if there was one thing I learned from reading Queen of Fire, it’s that Ryan has a talent for writing amazing scenes of battle on the high seas—which are also plentiful in this new book. Then, there are the dragons. Oh, we mustn’t forget t
while different than Raven's Shadow (much more modern with guns, engines and magic) this reads superbly so far about 100 pages in, making one forget about the debut trilogy books 2 and 3 major letdown

read 200+ pages so far and I have to say that it is just awesome stuff, better even than Blood Song (at least considering my tastes) since it's considerably more imaginative; if it keeps going like this it will be #1 for the year by far

I finished the book and while it kept its page turning qualitie
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Many fans of Bloodsong have not been as impressed with The Waking Fire. However I did not like BloodSong but I did like this! The multiple POV and the world building took some getting used to: this was not a book I could read terribly quickly as there was a lot to absorb.
Action galore though from about a third of the way in. I really enjoyed the story and a new take on dragons and am looking forward to the next volume which I believe is published next summer.
Oh, by the way- do NOT try
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any book by Anthony Ryan but I can say that I am in the Anthony Ryan fan club as of December 12.

This book is just a majestic combination of several fantasy elements in a 16th century setting (primarily for the weapons being used) rather than medieval.
Magic, dragons (and the cover is just an amazing visual of the book and, as for covers, is just a great selling cover for me!), adventure which also includes the Renaissance financing of companies and adventures (such as https://en
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The three main POV's were well thought out and each storyline was distinct from the other two. The mix of espionage, naval battles, and adventure kept the pace up for most of the story. It does slow down a little near the end, but there are a couple of twists that keep things interesting. Hopefully, you can spot these better than I did.

The setting was done really well also. Mr. Ryan uses an industrial age type setting with steam engines and other machines, while usin
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
I decided to dnf the Waking Fire. Second book I dnf this year. I just couldn't care any less about the plot, the characters, and everything else. The writing style doesn't help. I really tried.. but I couldn't even reach half of it. I rated it 2 stars for the benefit of the doubt. I was really excited to read it but it didn't meet my expectations (at all). ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Waking Fire is a fairly hard book to assess. Mostly because I cannot read it without thinking of Anthony Ryan's first series. The first book in the Raven's Shadow series, Blood Song, was absolutely fantastic and as a result Waking Fire suffered a little bit by comparison. I also found that my memories of the flop that was Queen of Fire, the final book in the Raven's Shadow series, had left me wary and slightly untrustful of Anthony Ryan as an author and that effected my enjoyment of this story. ...more
James Tivendale
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy

DNF at 64%. It just wasn't gripping me and 300 or so pages is enough time to give a book a chance. I didn't have too many issues with it and may come back to it sometime as I've already got all 3 books. The characters were semi-interesting but didn't jump out of the page enough. Pretty well written but this is a pass for the moment but may be liked by others. The Drakes, The Spoiled and magic system were pretty interesting though x
Michael Britt
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really, REALLY loved this book. The main reason is a lot of the content felt very fresh. When reading a ton of Fantasy it can start to feel like most stories are the same. Not this one. For one, I hate books with multiple POV's, but this one made me love it. Each character's story was extremely interesting and I never once thought "Ugh, just move on to the next character already" like I do with most multiple POV books. I also loved the magic system. I personally can't recall any book where the ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars 🌟

I'm a little nervous, because normally I don't write reviews (especially not in english), but I feel like sharing my thoughts on this one.

This book was on my wishlist for ages, I absolutely love the cover and the blurb sounds good, too. And there're dragons or rather drakes... yeah, you got me, that was the main reason I finally picked this one up.
As I bought it last month I was very excited to finally start and share my feelings with some of the lovely Ladies from Fantasy Buddy Rea
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fantasy fans
Wow, I loved this! I felt like it was a refreshing and original story that just hit all the right buttons for my love of the fantasy genre - Exciting action, dragons, great characters, dragons, detailed and diverse settings, dragons, plot twists, dragons and great battles. Did I mention the dragons? 😁 I loved them in this. A natural force of their own. I'm excited to continue this series. Easily 5.0/5.0, and added to my favorites shelf already. ...more
Mark Halse
Apr 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
I still feel pretty burnt by QUEEN OF FIRE. Don't know if my pride can let me give Anthony Ryan anymore money... ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing world revealed through the perspectives of three strong and interesting characters. The scale is epic and Ryan is capable of casting his various threads out and drawing them together in a satisfying way. The next book has been well set up and I am thoroughly looking forward to diving in as soon as it is released.

The Waking Fire had a lot going on that I enjoyed - I was particularly in the mood for something epic in scale and this book delivered in that respect. The main plot is wo
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
SOOOOOOOO cool:):):) A mixture of steampunk with fantasy and Sandersonlike magic system which is awesome. A great beginning to the trilogy. The characters where solid, action scenes well written and lots of tchem and the backstory slowly reveals itself and THE DRAGONS:D:D:D although i wish there was more page time with tchem but iam sure well get that in later books. Loved it so much. 5 stars:D
While I picked up a paperback copy of Blood Song late last year, I hadn't yet had a chance to give it a read before landing an ARC of The Waking Fire. Fortunately, it being a new series, I wasn't at all hesitant about making it my first literary foray into Anthony Ryan's world. Despite that, I still let the ARC linger for a couple of months, always intending for it to be my proverbial 'next' read.

And then I saw that Django Wexler called it, “part Indiana Jones, part Pirates of the Caribbean, and
J.P. Ashman
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well well well, what a surprisingly, refreshingly different fantasy setting and story. Blew me away!

It's safe to say I am now an Anthony Ryan fan! This story took my out of my medieval set comfort zone, but kept me within reach of my beloved dragons - including greeeeeeens, which is awesome (those who know me will chortle, no doubt).

Think Australia as an early British colony, or the Americas for that matter... or perhaps an amalgamation of the two, with mutated tribes, corporate dragon hunters a

I finally managed to finish this beast of 600 pages and I'm glad I did!
The author's writing is complex, rich and filled with interesting twists and turns.
I think the most interesting thing about the book is definitely its steampunk world that revolves around the exploitation of drakes aka dragons. The reasons why drakes are sought after lies in their blood, but not many people can use it and those that can are called the Blood-blessed. Drakes are differentiated one from another according to
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/26/16 - WE HAVE A COVER:


Why, Anthony Ryan? WHY?

Why did you have to sign with Orbit? They bloody (and inexplicably) HATE me. *kicks aluminum can*
Nils | nilsreviewsit
4.5 ⭐️

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan is the first book in The Draconis Memoria series, and what a gripping start it was. Ryan created a complex, rich and compelling story in this book which sets the scene on a high for the rest of the series.
From the very start of the book, Ryan places the reader knee deep in the middle of events and doesn’t really give us much of a backstory or much explanation about the world we’re presented with. Personally, I really enjoyed this, I found myself so intrigue
Althea Ann
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Fantasy with a steampunk flavor.

In this world, society has become invested in the blood of drakes - the rare and dangerous dragons are hunted down and rendered into different potions that imbue human users with different abilities: super-strength, or the ability to communicate telepathically in a trance, or what seems like telekinesis, &c.
Each color of drake is used for a different kind of potion - but no one knows what abilities a potion made from the blood of the elusive and possibly-legendar
Scott  Hitchcock
The world and the overall story were good. My issue is that I lacked any connection to the characters and there was no charm or charisma in the telling. No humor. Even the action was a cursory telling from afar. Pretty much the same complaints I had with Blood Song and Tower Lord. It's too bad because steampunk and dragons together had an interesting aspect. ...more
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Christ on a bike, that was amazing!

I'm not really sure what I could say about this book that hasn't already been said?

I listened to the audio book and it was bloody brilliant. And I can't wait for book 2. And you must all go and read/listen to it.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Just a fantastic, we'll rounded book. Plain and simple.

Full review to come =].
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a step up from the Raven's Shadow series, imo. Hope it doesn't get marketed incorrectly but I think it already is.... (Jesus Christ, are Wheel of Time, Sanderson, and GoT the only fantasy ppl can compare to??)

This should also have much wider appeal than Ryan's previous series. Naomi Novik and Marie Brennan fans will probably like this a lot. There was a lot more/better female characterization in this too. More accurate comparisons besides the two above: Golden Compass with dragons! In
The Waking Fire is the first book I've read by Anthony Ryan and I must say that I really enjoyed it. The world building was good and the magic system was interesting. It reminded me a bit of Mistborn with the whole ingesting a substance to gain the magical ability thing. I liked the combination of magic and steam with guns thrown in as well, and of course the dragons. It kind of had an old west feel to it at times.

The book is broken down into three different character points of view, and it alt
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
* I was sent this book for free from the publisher and on audible, in exchange for an honest review *

This book is the first one in a new fantasy series by Anthony Ryan, set in a world where drakes (dragons) have been hunted near to extinction for their blood. The Drakes that do remain are extremely volatile and nasty, and they are often killed by hunting parties in order to gain their blood which, when drunk by a blood-blessed, will grant various 'powers'. We have green, blue, red, black...and m
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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.

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