The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan – Review & Giveaway
The Legion of the Flame
The Draconis Memoria series – Book #2
by Anthony Ryan
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.
For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood—and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed—to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen—a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.
Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.
The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan is the second book in his The Draconis Memoria series. The Legion of Flame picks up after The Waking Fire left off. Being an epic fantasy there is a lot of detailed information, as the story line progresses. In this intense world, the humans and blood blessed (humans who drink the blood harvested from dead dragons), are in a fight for survival in a war against the onslaught of all dragons (blue, black, green, red and the new ultra powerful white). It is also a world filled with magic, war, danger, destruction, ships, and dragons.
Lizanne and Clay, who are both blood blessed, continue as the main characters with POV’s in this series. Hilemore, the captain of one of the fleets, also has some POV;s, and Sirius, who has been captured by a white drake (dragon) now has his own POV, as he has been changed into a human-spoiled controlled by the White. With the danger escalating, and the world very much in danger of being destroyed by the attacking Drakes; Lizanne, Clay and Hiemore take on various assignments to stop the enemy before it’s too late.
Lizanne, after being successful in her last mission, will now go undercover to a city that is a prison for rough tough mean prisoners that survive in the city of undesirables. Lizanne, who is an agent and assassin for the syndicate, is determined to find someone who has the ability to build items that could help fight the Drakes. Clay follows a vision to also discover more about the Drakes, and someone who might be able to help them win this war. Hilemore must push his men on the ship to fight the continued attacks by the Drakes. Each of them faces terrible odds of survival, especially Lizanne and Clay.
What follows is an exciting, dangerous, intense storyline filled with non-stop action. All three of our heroes are on their own, with no contact; and as the tension grows, we fear for their lives. The journey for each will take them to depths of hell. To tell too much more is difficult, as in fantasies there are many details that need to be read to understand. I loved Lizanne, as she was some tough heroine, who refused to ever give up. I liked Clay too, but to me Lizanne stood out the most.
Anthony Ryan does a masterful job in writing this complex story that intensifies the further we delve into the horrors we witness in a world that is falling apart. As in most fantasies, this is a big book, just under 600 pages. If you enjoy epic fantasies, in a sort of sci-fi dystopian world, with lots of action, then you should be reading this series.
Reviewed by Barb
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