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The Waking Fire: Book One of Draconis Memoria (The Draconis Memoria) (original 2016; edição 2017)

por Anthony Ryan (Autor)

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"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 the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them--known as the blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it. Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world. As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake. *Library Journal"--… (mais)
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Título:The Waking Fire: Book One of Draconis Memoria (The Draconis Memoria)
Autores:Anthony Ryan (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2017), Edition: 01, 720 pages
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I am not sure why I did not like this book more. Perhaps because the world building was not sufficiently developed. Also, there are three POVs in the story, and I was frustrated in the choices Ryan made to switch stories: several times, I flipped ahead by two chapters to read what happens in the first page or two before going back to the correct page. I liked the four dragon (drake) types: red, green, blue, black, each with its own power, but the mysterious white drake was not developed well.

I liked Lizanne Lethridge as a character, but was less enthralled with Clay, who was a bit too bumbling, and Hilemore. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Mar 22, 2021 |
There are a few things I love to read about in fantasy but I rarely get. First is fantasy set outside the usual medieval timeline. This is being remedied recently by the gunpowder fantasy books by authors like Django Wexler. Secondly I like fantasy focussing on naval themes, naval voyages and naval warfare. This is very rare and hard to find. Thirdly I like exploration themed fantasy with exploring unknown uncharted areas and making new discoveries. This too is not very prominent in popular fantasy books.

So imagine my pleasure and surprise at discovering a book that has all three of these elements! Its set quite forward in time, a rough analogue being late 19th century Europe. Only Sanderson's second Mistborn series has been set in a time like that. (I am excluding steampunk from this categorisation)Plus, this book has dragons. I am a huge dragon fan. And the name of this series is very cool. Draconis Memoria. Safe to say I was hooked from beginning.

Now the world is fairly simple in terms of political alignments - there are two very large continental masses - one ruled by an old-fashioned empire another by a corporate state. But the really important continent - the site of the story is a smaller one to the south. This mostly unexplored wilderness contains drakes - not-quite-dragons. These are immensely valuable because of their blood. Their blood known as the Product is poisonous and corrosive to all except a very few, who are the Blood Blessed. Blood Blessed can temporarily gain powers by drinking Product - powers which are crucial in political and economic struggle. Naturally Drake blood and its control is the principal focus of the competing states.

Mark Lawrence stated in his review that this is an idea and story focussed book and I agree. The world-building is excellent. What is shown is described and built up in great detail. There are also tantalizing hints about entire vistas of world builing that may yet be revealed. The story itself is a slow burn. The book is a long one and its takes its time going through the personal journeys of the three PoV characters. At least two of these PoVs are very enjoyable. The third one is less so, probably due to comparatively lesser storytime which is a pity. I hope this will be remedied in later books.

But the best part of the book is the storytelling. I found the slowburn style to work very well. It allowed the author to work in plot points and develop them gradually. But what is really enjoyable and what grabbed me is the escalation of the story. The last part of this book is increasingly breathless as certain root assumptions are questioned

Overall its an epic story and the further implications of it left my head spinning. The second book can't come soon enough ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Q whole lot happens in this book, so much so that it felt like a complete novel, but it isn't. Dragon blood is the key to magic in this world, but dragons are becoming harder and harder to find. An expedition is put together to go deep into the continent to find the legendary white dragon - the ultimate source of power. That likely sounds kind of familiar and it should, but this is fairly well done with good characters and a decent set of sub-plots. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 25, 2021 |
FYI Disclosure - I recieved a free copy of this book through a GoodReads Giveaway.

TL;DR: The book is solid, but ponderous.

Pros:
-I love the setting. A hyper-capitalist steampunk world in which dragons are hunted nearly to extinction to harvest their blood, which fuels not only mage spells, but the economy at large. The parallels to oil and sustainability are obvious, but it doesn't feel too preachy. (I know they are called drakes but they are clearly dragons, don't @ me)
-The three different POVs are clearly labeled and each POV has a unique voice, perspective, and experience.
-The different types of dragons feel different from each other and each feels like part of an actual world. The world feels big.
-The way the blood is used, the spells and equipment derived from it, is really clever and creative at times.
-There's some really great action sequences.
-The twist at the end totally got me. (Even if it was a bit of a cheat.)

Cons:
-The mechanics of the magic system make writing about it clunky. They drink the blood, they spend the blood. They drink the blood, they spend the blood. The rate of expenditure and the amounts consumed/spent are often ambiguous, so there's no tension. It is just dry and repetitive, which is a shame since it most often occurs during otherwise tense and exciting scenes.
-It is very, very slow.
-By the end of the book I still didn't feel like the relationships between different nations were well fleshed out.
-I'm not a huge fan of mute love interests or mute villains. Silverpin's reveal at the end got me, but it felt like she was mute only because it made it easier to hide who/what she was rather than something organic within the story itself. It feels kinda sketch to have a character basically say he was happy to marry a woman he banged a lot but never really had a conversation with (because she also lacks the ability to write or sign). I would have liked to see her using actual signing, perhaps with Clay picking more up over time, to develop her more as a character rather than having her spend 90% of the book as a fuckpiece and then opps-I'm-Palpatine! at the end. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
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"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 the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them--known as the blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it. Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world. As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake. *Library Journal"--

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