Het Vuur van de Draak
Het Vuur van de Draak is het eerste deel van Anthony Ryans trilogie Draconis Memoria.
Al decennialang worden de landen van de IJzerschip Handelsmaatschappij verdedigd door Bloedgezegenden – mannen en vrouwen die in staat zijn de krachten uit het bloed van wilde draken te sturen. De loyaliteit van elitespionnen en huurmoordenaars hebben ervoor gezorgd dat de Handelsmaatschap...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The setting was done really well also. Mr. Ryan uses an industrial age type setting with steam engines and other machines, while usin ...more
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 ...more
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
If asked before reading this I would have said that Steampunk held no interest for me. Well, I was so very very wrong.
A great story. Great characters. Fantastic writing.
This is his best book yet. Can't wait for book two!
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 ...more
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 ...more
And then I saw that Django Wexler called it, “part Indiana Jones, part Pirates of the Caribbean, and ...more
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 ...more
Why, Anthony Ryan? WHY?
Why did you have to sign with Orbit? They bloody (and inexplicably) HATE me. *kicks aluminum can*
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 ...more
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 intrigued ...more
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 ...more
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.
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-lege ...more
The book is broken down into three different character points of view, and it alt ...more
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