THE WAKING FIRE
Series: The Draconis Memoria #1
Release date: July 5th 2016
The Waking Fire is set in a vibrant new world where the blood of drakes—creatures similar to dragons—is valued beyond reckoning, and can be distilled into elixirs that grant fearsome powers to those who are “blood-blessed.” The novel follows an unregistered blood-blessed as he searches for an elusive variety of drake so potent, its capture would mean unrivalled riches; the second in command of a blood-burning ironclad ship; and a young woman in a lifelong contract to a trading syndicate, whose espionage mission places her on the front lines of a newly declared war. As empires clash and arcane mysteries reveal themselves, these characters are tested again and again and soon discover that the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
“…the notion of impossibility has little meaning.”
The Waking Fire is a slow paced and incredibly complex Fantasy novel, with lots of action, layered characters, and exotic settings! Told in multiple POVs, the story focuses mainly on dragons and the special properties of their blood, but also deals with prophecies, quests, and has some pretty shocking twists.
Anthony Ryan creates a fascinating world in this book. The writing is engaging and grasps your attention right away, and the slow pace lets the readers immerse themselves in the story. The shifts in POV are expertly done, and all characters have a unique voice and sense of self. And the new take on dragons? Amazing.
I actually bought The Waking Fire on a whim, solely because of the cover. So I’m very happy to say that I fell in love with the story as well! This is a long book, with my copy capping at over 670 pages, and it tells a complex and engrossing story about a Fantasy world where blood from different types of dragons gives people some really cool abilities. 😛
This is very much a quest novel, where the main characters are in search of something Important. With it comes a lot of action, which is written so well it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. Each different POV reveals a little something about the puzzle piece that is the main arc. They are all interesting in their own way, as the characters’ unique voices and personalities make it so, and I loved each and every one of them.
The pace picks up at the beginning of the second part of the novel. Then it’s really one twist after the other from there. It’s very difficult to put the book down once things get going, especially as the reveals keep coming. I was blindsided by a lot of developments, but in the best of ways. And the more you learn about the world-building, the more you fall in love with it.
In the end, The Waking Fire turns out to be a wonderful introduction to a new Fantasy series! It has dragons, great characters, amazing plot development, and explosions! The ending also packs quite a punch, and leaves you wanting more. Definitely recommend it to all Fantasy fans who love dragon stories and books with a complex and interesting world-building.