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The Legion of Flame

(The Draconis Memoria #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,669 ratings  ·  383 reviews
Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven's Shadow Trilogy.

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 drak
Kindle Edition, 592 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Ace
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Johan The sexual content is not explicit, at all, and the violence is not terribly graphic, there's just a lot of warring going on. A 12 year old could read…moreThe sexual content is not explicit, at all, and the violence is not terribly graphic, there's just a lot of warring going on. A 12 year old could read it if they're not terribly sensitive.


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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong middle book in the Draconis Memoria trilogy.

The Legion of Flame is the second book in Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria trilogy and in my opinion, it’s a much better book in comparison to its predecessor. The story picked up immediately after the end of the first book and almost everything about this book was much more compelling to read; probably because it felt more like it’s an epic or military fantasy in comparison to the previous book, where it was a mix of Indiana Jones, James Bond,
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
If you start only one new fantasy series this year, make it Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan! I thought The Waking Fire was one of the best books I’d ever read, but Legion of Flame was even better!

Legion of Flame was the ultimate armchair adventure! Each chapter was so good, I had a difficult time finding decent stopping points (and as such, stayed up way too late on too many occasions to finish it). Ryan ended each of his chapters with an aggravatingly brilliant hook that just begged you to kee
Petros Triantafyllou
Anthony Ryan is, without a doubt, one of the greatest fantasy writers of our time.

Despite the immense efforts of the mercenary band Longrifles, the White Drake, bringer of doom and once slaver of mankind, is now released back in the world. The Ironship Trading Syndicate has no other option than sending their best agent, Lizzanne Lethridge, to a suicide mission, in the hope of finding a single man who, by all accounts, should have died some hundred years ago. Claydon Torcreek, on the other side
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed The Legion of Flame. It had a good mix of action, intrigue, adventure, and cool magic. It also had good world building and benefits from the fact that Ryan is a good writer who knows how to write an engaging story.

The Draconis Memoria series ticks most of the boxes a fantasy fan could desire:

It has a fascinating world. Two political superpowers jostle for dominance in the form of the Corvantine Empire and The IronShip Trading Syndicate. The Corvantine Empire is an Imperial Empure and
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the first one but this was better! The first book now seems like a stage setter for the world and characters which took me a while to get my head round in the first book. So, I was far more able to kick back and enjoy the story in this one.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is the kind of legion never seen before. A legion of flame, with which our monster-god will burn the world to cinders."

The Legion of Flame was a very respectable sequel in Anthony Ryan's The Draconis Memoria trilogy. After pondering my initial view when finishing the book, I do believe this was a solid 4 star read for me. Yes, there were a couple of sections that did seem to drag a little, but overall it was well done for a middle book. I've really grown fond of these character
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely loved it.

The world building is just impressive - and this book even adds additional layers that were missing in the first one.
I found the book a bit slower than book #1 though - yet, this is an incredible story and I cannot wait to read book #3.

I will go into greater detail later but, as fantasy-story lover, this is a must in your TBR!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like evil dragons
If you're looking for an exceptionally beautiful prose then this book should be on your list.

What can I say, Mr Ryan did it again. His writing is really good, rich with descriptions and complex enough to provide the substance that is needed in this genre. There are also many scenes filled with action and drama to keep you on the edge of your seat.

And just like in Waking Fire, Lizanne is the outstanding character. She is a true badass, both capable and amusing with a touch of vulnerability.

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.

What? No!!! No no no! That ending is killing me! To say that I didn't see that coming would be an understatement. And the way we leave Clay at the end of the previous chapter...Ugh! Anthony Ryan has definitely mastered th
Wow. What a rush.

As good as Waking Fire was, this is even better, which isn't a guarantee in the world of fantasy series. The narrative finally comes to full fruition and the epic scale of this tale becomes clear. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's a rollercoaster ride all the way to the end. Bring on the next one!

5 stars, easy.
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Second books have a tendency of being a bit of fillers and just generally the least interesting part of a series. Mr. Ryan was like "fuck that, Imma do this". Maybe he didn't say that, maybe he doesn't swear, but after a book this badass I imagine him being like that. If I'm totally wrong, contact me or whatever.

We go on with the story. The White dragon and Co. is still insistent on taking over the world with Spoiled and all. The human are less enthu
Dyrk Ashton
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An incredibly immersive world I didn't want to leave.

First, a confession - I have not read The Waking Fire, the first in The Draconis Memoria series. Crazy, I know. Second, and this surprised me, it didn't matter. That's how deftly Ryan weaves in the story of the first book.

This is an enormous tome, but the story moves, and I mean moves, even during the very few sections when there's nothing actually "happening." An incredible feat of imagination, with land battles, sea battles, sky ba
Second read: Still four stars. Great prison city arc.

First read: An enjoyable yet flawed sequel that is better than its predecessor.
S A M | The Book in Hand
Good Evening Bookish Folk!

Fuck! It has been a while…I don’t really have an excuse other than LIFE! Lets just say I needed a break, I have had a break and now I’M BACK!

And what a return review…The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan. This is the second book in the Draconis Memoria series and I think it is easily one of my favourite seconds in a series. Lets be honest many can fall flat. Not all, don’t shoot me.

Anywho, onto the book..

A few facts about this book:

Title: The Legion of Flame
Author: Anthon
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Well shit. That was fun. Like, if chocolate pudding was a river and I got to ride it on a raft of whipping cream with oars made of pretzel sticks...this book was that level of fun.

My main takeaway, after finishing, was thinking about how the story just never let up. It was one thing after another, after another, and the pacing just bulldogged you through the pages until you got to the end and it felt like you just didn't really want to stop reading.

It was a high octane adventure and the perfect
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avoid the audiobook. While he has a pleasant voice, the narrator is too mellow, his reading too even, which takes away any sense of rush and excitement the book has to offer, and there is plenty of it.

The writing is excellent, the story engaging, and there are thousands of dragons of different colours in it.

However, it ends in a HUGE cliffhanger. To say I do not appreciate that is an understatement, I hate it, and it is reflected in my rating. For the same reason I will not bother to write an ac
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I sure do like books with dragons in them! My review of book one of this trilogy, The Waking Fire may have hinted at that a little... 😁. So, this was a good follow up to the first and one that I enjoyed very much. I really like our three main characters, each for their own reasons - Lizanne being my favorite badass of the group! The storylines are very good, the excitement is engrossing, and the steampunk world is vivid and real. So far, the two books in this series have a real unique feel ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed book and nearly gave it 5 stars. I felt a little confused with this book 2. The author added a 4th POV which wasnt a bif problem, Im just not sure it really was necessary. Action was ok but the political scheming is where Ryan is at his best. Although I felt a large level of confusion from Book 1 ( having been away from the world for a while now) and alot of waffle that didnt feel like it contributed to the story. Clay is by far my favourite character. I feel like he is worth in ...more
Jan 21, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Didn’t quite hit the heights of the first book but still an interesting and enjoyable read.

All of the fun from the first book was back. We still have the 3 separate storylines with separate tones, though my least favorite from the first book, the naval adventures of Captain Hilemore, seemed to take more of a backseat.

The scale of the story exploded. The events of the first book were pretty momentous, but things were ratcheted up even more. Nations fell as the world was reshaped.

I think what kep
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Really good second book in this crazy world:) I was glad to see a lot more dragon stuff. The plot moves on and I cant wait to see how all this plays out in the end. The characters grow more in this one and we get to see them in different situations. Really interesting to see how the act and react.
solid 4 stars:)
Tim Martin
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed, dragons
This was a very well written, fast-reading sequel to _The Waking Fire_, one that kept me up late night after night as I plowed through it. The action scenes were well done, the world building continued at an astonishing rate (some of the best world building of any fantasy series I have ever read), and the main characters continued to get further developed with a great deal of nuance. The scale of the conflict widened considerably, with surprisingly the fight against the White Drake not the only ...more
while a clear middle book Legion of flame is another page turner that mostly keeps the structure of waking fire though it adds one more pov to cover the all important white drake slave army of the title

fast moving, with some interesting twists, the novel moves the action quite well along and it definitely met my very high expectations
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read, a really enjoyable storyline. Mr Ryan really is at the top of his game, can’t wait for the third book in this series.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This book definitely doesn't suffer from second book syndrome. It got to the meat of the action quicker than book one and there was no unnecessary filler content at all. I'm just relieved that book 3 is already out so that I don't have to wait to find out how everything concludes.
Trevor Sherman
Well I got this on Friday or Saturday and finished it early (like 4:00am) Monday. So that kind of speaks for how much I liked it. Not perfect but pretty darn good. I need sleep now. I will write a real review on the blog and here soon.
Flying Monkey
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2019
4 Stars!

Solid middle book of Anthony Ryan's 'The Draconis Memoria Trilogy'. There are 4 character POV's in this novel. My favorite are Claydon Torcreek and Lizanne Lethridge. I also loved the perspective of Sirus. Looking forward to starting the final book this week.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To tell you the truth, I am a bit disappointed here. Maybe I read it a bit too quickly, but I don't think this is the Author's best work.

The Legion of Flame starts fairly soon after the ending of The Waking Fire. As in the first book, we get point of views from Clay, Lizanne and Hilemore, with the addition of a new point of view.Lizanne takes the majority of the novel with Clay and Hilemore splitting the rest.

Clay and Hilemore's story wasn't as developed as it could be and quite frankly, I was
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in The Draconis Memoria Series comes very close to its predecessor in regards to my enjoyment. The author took the story to a different level and added some unexpected elements that I mostly liked, though I also mourned the constructs in my head that did not turn out as I expected. I guess the most interesting turn was the Legion of Flame giving this book a slight (view spoiler) flavour and a very apt title!
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Feb 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"They might feel they've scored a great victory, but all they've won is the right to stand against the White's onslaught, and it is coming. Make sure they know that."

The second book in the Draconis Memoria trilogy improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. We had familiar POV characters that allowed for a quick and seamless immersion into the story but this is not to say that there were no surprises among our guides into the story. There is the addition of an unexpected POV character
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining sequel with fresh settings that suffered slightly from being the middle book

This and other reviews can be found on my blog

Lizanne and her fellow survivors have made it out alive of Arradsia after the White and his army overran Carvenport. But in her former hometown Feros, she is confronted with a new contract that will bring her to the Corvantine Empire to find allies among enemies. Clay and Hilemore sail to the southern pole hoping to find answers to win the war against the White
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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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