Rating: I'M OBSESSED
Series: The Draconis Memoria #2
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Published by: Penguin
Publication Date: June 27th 2017
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Book Blurb: 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.
First of all, I got a lovely ARC copy of this book so early on in the process that it doesn’t have a cover yet. I squealed with delight when it showed up in the mail. I loved The Waking Fire, and I couldn’t wait to get started!
Now, I will say those who come right off The Waking Fire and loved it are going to slip into this book effortlessly. It picks right up where its prequel left off. Problem for me is, it’s been a while since I read The Waking Fire, and I’ve read enough between them that I forgot some stuff, which did make it harder for me to read. Ryan did little to no recapping, which I must say I usually love. But this time I couldn’t remember everything. However, I charged onward and found that I understood enough of the basics to continue unhindered, but I missed retaining those details.
I still loved my favorite characters from the last book and found that Lizanne and Hilemore are still intriguing and wonderful. Of course, Clay continued to be my number one, but in this book, Hilemore gave him a serious run for his money. I think the reason is how fast their sections move. Clay is always in trouble, so when those chapters come along, I know I’m in for a serious ride. Lizanne’s crazy action comes in waves. The slower ones I struggle with, not because she’s not an amazing character—because she is—but because her storyline can be a bit more political.
We’ve got a new PoV I found quite interesting. It’s from a Spoiled perspective and how the White controls them. I won’t say more for fear of giving too much away, which I’m hoping I haven’t done already, but it’s a great addition.
As always with Ryan, he’s got an amazing cast of characters, all unique, all playing important roles. His prose is wonderfully addicting, his descriptions breathtaking, and the pace delivers heart-stopping chapters of action as well as calmer, more intricate storylines. However, my favorite part of Ryan’s writing is his actions scenes. Hot Damn!, they are amazing! At sea, with guns, running, fighting, it’s all drawn out in beautiful descriptions that make it so easy to follow. I love it!
The world continues to grow in this book, which should make those who love world building happy. For me, the first book had done plenty, so this one was just icing on the already ten-tier cake. We got a hefty dose of dragons, which I loved, and we continued to learn more and more about them. I must say, Ryan’s imagination really shines in this book. I had no idea how he pulled it off, but the ending and what was discovered fits effortlessly into this world while giving me a feeling of light steampunk.
Overall, I found this to be an amazing sequel! Oh, and it ends on a total cliffhanger!!