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'Fabulous . . . Sure to be another fantasy classic' Huffington Post UK
'The world Ryan has created for his new dragon adventure is a joy to visualise' SciFiNow
Claydon Torcreek is a Blood-blessed, able to channel the powers contained in the blood of wild drakes. While his brethren serve as elite spies and assassins, Clay prefers the life of a small-time criminal in the dangerous slums of Carvenport.
Yet war is coming, and it seems Clay is going to end up on the losing side - unless he can track down a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just be enough to achieve victory. Clay has handled many things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation's future.
Anthony Ryan - bestselling author of fantasy sensation Blood Song - delivers an action-packed epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the furious battle to forge an empire.
'A fascinating world packed with dragons, pirates, political machinations and an interesting magic system to boot' Fantasy Faction
'A marvellous piece of imagination with plenty of twists, a refreshingly different setting, and excellent world-building' Mark Lawrence
'Memorable characters and great action' Django Wexler
'Excellent epic fantasy' BookBag
Books by Anthony Ryan:
The Draconis Memoria
The Waking Fire
The Legion of Flame
The Empire of Ashes
Queen of Fire
The Wolf's Call
The Black Song
The Covenant of Steel
Ryan's steampunk-driven and magic-laden Draconis Memoria series opener features Pirates of the Caribbean esque swashbuckling adventure against a fantasy backdrop that resembles India at the end of the British Raj. Only one in a thousand per generation is born Blood-blessed, able to consume the blood, or "product," of the four distinct types of Arradsian dragons blue, red, green, and black without burning. Those who quaff the product receive near-superhuman powers. Representatives of the Ironship Trading Syndicate face off against the Corvantine Empire's agents, each vying for access to the dwindling supply of dragons on the Araddsian continent. As the conflict between the two nations grows, a group of intrepid explorers heads out in search of a mythical white drake. Ryan handily juggles draconic fantasy, espionage, and steampunk naval fiction with realism and effortless skill.