Book Review: Waking the Fire by Anthony Ryan (Four Stars)

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Book Review: Waking the Fire (The Draconis Memoria #1) by Anthony Ryan

Four Stars

“Overreliance on your ingrained gifts can be deadly.”

Steampunk with dragons! What fun. Excellent world and character building. Enough double-crossing (of the reader) to keep our attention. Literary, musical, costume and historical references gives depth to various cultures. Excellent storytelling.

“… like all choices it involves consequences.”

Quibbles: The principal river of the focus continent has two outlets and seems to flow uphill. Glorifying smoking? How quaint. (Odd that this culture had not developed blood-augments flying/floating machines.)

“The great commander is nothing more than a pig fat on the blood of wasted youth.”

Even though the climax was what the reader comes to expect, it seems contrived. Too obviously a setup for the next book, rather than the logical end to this one.

“Overconfidence is frequently fatal.”

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Waking the Fire by Anthony Ryan (Four Stars)

  1. I started his Tower Lord trilogy but while I enjoyed the first book, I didn’t enjoy it enough to make the leap to the over books. I had them on my tbr, but just never “wanted” to read them.
    How does this stack up to that series?

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