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The Empire of Ashes

(The Draconis Memoria #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,200 ratings  ·  138 reviews
The Empire of Ashes is the action-packed conclusion to the Draconis Memoria series - a sweeping epic fantasy of magic, adventure and the furious battle to forge an empire, from international bestselling author Anthony Ryan.

The White Drake's army has cut a bloody swathe across the world, leaving nothing but ash in its wake. Thousands of innocents have died beneath its blade
Paperback, 576 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Orbit (first published July 3rd 2018)
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Trevor Sherman Yes it is. There might be more novellas or something but this ends the main story line.
Warren So the author replied back to me on his website. Looks like it will be around June, 2019.
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ARC provided by the author and the publisher—Ace—in exchange for an honest review.

A decent conclusion for the Draconis Memoria trilogy, although it admittedly fell a bit short of my expectations.

The Empire of Ashes is the last book in the Draconis Memoria trilogy. I will let you know immediately that I really wanted to love this more than I did; I liked it but I didn’t love it. Please note that even though I had some problems reading through this trilogy, that doesn’t mean you will feel the same
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars!] Empire of Ashes solidified Draconius Memoria as one of the best series I’ve ever read!

For me this book started out with a bang and didn’t let up until the whirlwind finale. So much action and conflicts coming to a head that I wouldn’t recommend venturing into the last 25% if you have to get up early the next morning. This isn’t the kind of book easily set aside.

My favorite part was the convergence of storylines. This multiple POV series is unique for me because I feel equally draw
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For me The Draconis Memoria series will forever remain in the shadow of Ryan's other great fantasy series the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. Raven's Shadow was fantastic for two books, good enough to match any of the other great fantasy series, and then Ryan botched things badly on the finale. The good news is that while The Draconis Memoria trilogy cannot match the heights of the Raven's Shadow trilogy it did not suffer from the same botched ending. The quality of this series remained solid throughout ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Empire of Ashes is Anthony Ryan's final installment in The Draconis Memoria trilogy. One of my favorite things about this series is the diversity Ryan demonstrates; industrial type setting, modern weapons, great characters, magic system, dragons, espionage, revolution. He used all of these very well, and to great effect. These were all crucial elements of the story and affected the outcome. Some directly and others indirectly.

This was pretty much one big adventure from book 1 all the way to
This was a solid ending to a good trilogy. I liked the magic system, and I've always loved dragons. The action scenes were well done, and the characters were many and varied.

My personal preference is for not quite so many point of views - I think the multiple outlooks kept me from getting emotionally involved to an extent. However, I think they were justified, because there was a lot to wrap up, and I don't know that it could have been done without seeing what was happening in so many places.
Jon Adams
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He did it. He finished the trilogy as well as he started it.

The ending did seem a bit abrupt though.
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the final part of this trilogy, the army of the white dragon army continues its horrific campaign by destroying one city after another and killing or enslave their inhabitants. At the same time, revolutions that break out divide people into political camps, making it impossible for them to understand that they must unite to deal with the threat that threatens the whole of mankind. Our heroes try to stop the destruction in every way by risking their lives but above all using their minds to fin ...more
very good ending to the trilogy - while a bit too pat on occasion, the book kept me interested and entertained till the end and it's definitely worth reading
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it's been a while since I've read the previous 2 books it took me a while to get into this one and remember everything that has happened in those 2. But the memory easily came back while reading.
I'm not very much into Pirates and all the description of the machinery sometimes confused me more than it helped (also in book 1 and 2). But I really enjoyed reading this book. Of course my two favourite characters are Lizanne and Clay but I also grew fond of Tekela and the Sirus too. The world Anth
For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood--and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it.

3.5 stars. This is the conclusion to The Draconis Memoria trilogy and I liked it quite a bit. I gave the first two books in the trilogy 4 stars each, but this time around I didn't enjoy the reading journey quite as much. I think some of it had
Michael Fletcher
Scored an ARC of this and then got caught up in writing/editing and now...finally...

God DAYAM this dude can write!

Loved the setting and the world-building.
Loved the dragon's blood magic system.
Loved the characters.

Can't wait to see what he does next!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
3.5 stars.

Whilst this was a slow burn, it was a good book. I did thoroughly enjoy the story of this whole trilogy.
Trevor Sherman
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come, but a pretty damn good ending
Executive Summary: Another solid book. I thought this was a much better ending to this series than Queen of Fire was to his previous series.

Audiobook: Steve West once again does a great job. I wish they would have just used him for the whole series rather than switching after one book. He does a variety of voices that adds that little something extra to the audio to make it worth listening over reading in my opinion.

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I absolutely loved Blood Song, which seems to be a fairly popular c
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed ready this book, I really enjoyed how the author wrapped up the ending with a really fast paced and enjoyable ending with also leaving a possible return to this excellent world for more books.

From the start Anthony has written and created very strong female characters throughout the series who really came alive and grew as the book ended.

A excellant highly recommend book and series.
Wow! The battle scenes were so explosive, literally and figuratively. I don't think even the Dance of the Dragons or the wars during Valyrian Freehold's heydays - sorry, A Song of Ice and Fire reference there - had these many dragons.

I am so terribly happy this does not suck like the final book of his previous trilogy. This book could use some trimming but overall it has been an exhilarating experience with so many good characters including one of my now topmost favorite female characters ever,
Sherwood Smith
I thought this was a stand-alone when I accepted it from NetGalley, but discovered it was book three in a long, complicated series.

The story throws the reader right in where the previous ones must have ended. So most of this book, until the last fifth, was preparation for an amazingly complex final battle.

I found it difficult to engage with the characters, partly because third book, but also the characters kept taking a magical drug that propelled them into the past. So it seemed as soon as the
I was struggling between 2 and 3 stars... and decided to give it 3, because I really enjoy Anthony Ryan's writing style, it is rich and flows beautifully.

Unfortunately, the last book in the Draconis Memoria series was too underwhelming, weird, and rushed for my taste. All of three books are long so let's say that the buildup has been going on for quite some time. However, it seemed to me as if the author was in a hurry to end the series? At the end, I felt no connection whatsoever to the charact
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zakończenia na 5🌟
Jednak czegoś mi tutaj zabrakło.. dlatego całość na 4..
J.P. Ashman
Review to follow...
Flying Monkey
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 Stars!

The grand finale to the Draconis Memoria Series and it left me wanting more. I loved the first book in the trilogy and enjoyed the 2nd. But the third book didn’t quite capture me. I was hoping for more. Still, a solid trilogy and I’m glad I read it.
Dyrk Ashton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sheer span and scope is mind-boggling - in a good way. In a GREAT way, in fact.

I still can't get my head wrapped around how Ryan was able to put together such an expansive story with so many characters and information and keep it fascinating page after page. To me it's like part military history text of World War II (and I love that stuff), part steampunk novel, and part grand epic fantasy, all made to work in a way I would have previously thought impossible. This series, and particularly Th
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Prawda jest taka, że od tego tomu nie mogłam się oderwać. Zdecydowanie najlepsza część całej trylogii — zdarzało się, że poprzednie momentami mnie nudziły.

Tutaj nieustannie zastanawiałam się co dalej — wstrzymywałam oddech, czytając o Splugawionych, powstrzymywałam się przed obgryzaniem skórek z nerwów o załogę kapitana Hilemore’a, zachwycałam się opisami taktyki oraz wielkich bitew — w tym miejscu pochwała dla autora — za zaznajomienie się z zasadami żeglugi, strategii, strukturami wojsk/maryn
Barry Mulvany
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good end to the series. I won't go too much into plot it being the third and final book but things start where they left off at the end of the second book, continuing with the four POV's. Clay is almost unrecognisable as the guy from the first book. Lizanne is possibly even better. Hilemore had some growth but I still sometimes feel that his POV was almost unnecessary. His overlapped with some of the others and could almost have been left out. Our fourth POV I won't name but his was great and ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid conclusion for the trilogy. I felt that the action dragged a bit at times because of the complex political system, but the pace picked up considerably towards the end.

The action/battle scenes were great. They were engaging and immersive, and this book contains a lot of them. I really enjoyed Hilemore's and Sirus' POVs, and I was glad to see they got more action time in this installment.

Overall, this is an entertaining book with plenty of action and a complex final battle. Definitely wo
Camilla Isley
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I adored this series, I burned through the pages faster than drake fire.

The third and final book in the series was as quick paced as the previous ones and the ending satisfying. I enjoyed reading about battles and military startegies even if applied in a fantastic world and with unconventional soldiers...
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No spoilers.
I have to say that Ryan did not disappoint with this final book of the trilogy, as I believe he did with his first trilogy, Raven's Shadow.
Each book builds on the last with character development and world building, and finally everything comes together in the last section of the book, making for quite an exciting conclusion.
This was a wonderful series with dragons and steampunk, heroes and villains.
Read it.
Kaelan Rhywiol
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slog throughout the whole read. I used to love Ryan for his Ravens Shadow series, but this one failed to captivate me on a fundamental level.
Its not that I don't like steam punk but the world building is one of the issues here, the setting just doesn't add up very well. The magic system and integration with its world just doesn't work very well. One of the most egregious thing about this setting is when during the story new technologies get invented in an demonstrably bad and unbeliev
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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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