Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin)

Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin)

by Matthew D. Ryan

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A Vampire Does Not Make For Easy Prey …
Wizards have their magic, warriors their brawn, but a vampire lacks for nothing; he is the true ruler of the night and the last foe any sane man would choose to face. My name is Lucian, and I have no fear. Not the fabled magic used by wizards, nor the swords of lesser men; my strength is timeless, drawn from darkness. I am vampire, with no master save my own unending hunger. I long for blood, your blood, and neither blade nor magic spell can keep me long from my prize.

In Drisdak, the magic of the wizards is strong, but a true vampire will hunt them all the same … Unease and foreboding have always been associated with the local wizards guild; peasants have an innate distrust of magic and those who use it. But now, a mysterious fire at the guild has left two men dead and a third missing. And one of those men was the guild master, one of the most powerful wizards in the city, and his successor wants to know what happened to him. Enter Coragan of Esperia, the renowned bounty hunter and his comrades: Borak the warrior, and Galladrin the rogue. If anyone can unravel this mess they can. But are even they prepared to challenge the horrible evil lurking at the heart of the mystery? An ancient, pitiless vampire named Lucian val Drasmyr. See if Coragan and the wizards can defeat the terrible vampire, Drasmyr, buy Drasmyr now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940033064731
Publisher: Matthew D. Ryan
Publication date: 02/09/2012
Series: From the Ashes of Ruin
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 517,116
File size: 484 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once during a nighttime adventure with his brother canoeing to Valcour Island. His work has been featured on-line at Aphelion.com and YesteryearFiction.com. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines as well as gaming systems for role-playing games. He has played a motley assortment of characters in RPG worlds, and digested the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and others. As a result, he is quite comfortable in the fantasy genre and feels it was a natural shift for him to move into fantasy writing. Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novels "Drasmyr," "The Children of Lubrochius," and "The Sceptre of Morgulan," as well as a growing number of short stories. His first novel, "Drasmyr," won the book of the month award on Long and Short Reviews: Young Adult for the month of September 2012. The story features a traditional Dracula type vampire in a Middle-Earth type setting. It is a dark fantasy geared toward teens and adults that has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range. Drasmyr serves as the prequel to the series "From the Ashes of Ruin." In addition to this series, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur”(published at the now defunct Pegasus On-line), “The River’s Eye”(published at YesteryearFiction.com) , “Escape”(published at Aphelion.com), and the three-story collection "Of Dragons, Love, and Poison." He has also spoken on the topic of “World-Building” utilizing his considerable experience as an author and game-designer. When not engrossed in his fantasy worlds, Mr. Ryan can be found volunteering at the local food shelf or playing with his cat, Confucius, who is as wise and wily as his name suggests.

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Drasmyr 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Initially I was a bit confused as the book moves back and forth between the minds of Coragan and Drasymr. Once I got used to the voice used for each character it was fairly easy to tell when the author moved from one character to the other. But initially I was a bit confused when the bounty hunter started talking about being hunted and having a girl trying to shoot him. Eventually I realized it was Drasymr, the vampire. That helped clear a lot of things up. The book is a different take on the vampire story, a much darker and more evil vampire. This book was much more along the lines of Frankenstein or what I think Dracula would be like, with the creepy evil guy and the twist making you look over your shoulder. When my kids were little we took my daughter on the haunted house ride at Disneyland. It scared her to death and she was convinced the ghost followed her home; I’m going to be looking over my shoulder for vampire for a while. That’s the sign of a good book. I happily give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
By no means is Drasmyr 'just' a vampire book, although Lucian is at the heart of its story. He is not a 'sparkly' vampire, and this is not a book for readers who are looking for a love story! Lucian is cruel, cold and takes pleasure in taking human life, although at the beginning of Drasmyr we see him take a bride in the form of Clarissa, this is more for her beauty and as a method of revenge on those who have sent her. Matthew D Ryan has cleverly combined the paranormal elements with the fantasy world of the Mages who are searching for the Sceptre of Morgulan. he writes in such detail that the city of Drisdak is alive from the smells to the food, clothes and imagery. Although I was distrustful of the Mages I liked the Bounty Hunters Galladrin, Corragan and Borak, however despite their experience and bravery there are times that even they show fear and "terror" on their journey and for them nothing is as it seems. Drasmyr is a book full of action, a sophisticated plot and the reader meets many characters during the story; at times I admit I became confused about plotlines. However, this is a book I would recommend.
Dalene_65 More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author Matthew D. Ryan for giving me this book for review. This book is really good. Drasmyr is a very old evil deadly vampire, who is betrayed by a wizard guild master who came to his home and he spared through a deal they had made. The wizard guild master sends two warriors to kill him. That sets him off and he kills the wizard. The story is very strong, I like the characters they are each very well written. There is a mysterious fire and two men dead and one missing. The new guild master hires a bounty hunter and his two companions to investigate the fire and find out what happened and if they can find the missing guild master. The story kept me hooked to the end. I look forward to reading more of his work
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Drasmyr effectively returns us to the days when vampires were evil (not sparkly) and something to be feared. Truth: I almost didn't choose to read this. I wasn't impressed by the blurb (really, it tells us nothing of the story) and didn't love the cover (and I've been known to buy--or not buy--a book for the cover alone). But I gave it a try, skeptically started the first page and was completely hooked. This author has mad writing skills! The story is told from various points-of-view: a mage, a thief, a bounty hunter and, of course, from the vampire's himself. He's evil to the core and has all the vampire traits of old: he's a shape-shifting, coffin sleeping, blood-thirsty, immortal. It's surprisingly refreshing to return to this type of vampire after reading so many romanticized versions of the creature. The writing is deeply descriptive, interesting, complex. This isn't a fluffy read, but it's oh-so good. The characters are so real and we become truly and completely invested in them. Though the author is marketing this a YA dark fantasy, it's a book that will appeal to any and all fantasy lovers. And, thankfully, it's just the beginning. I checked: he's writing more! I, for one, am thrilled. Folks, if you're looking for a story that will grab you and hang on tight, for a story that enthralls and leaves you wanting more, then look no farther than Drasmyr. It's really that good. ~~~~Originally posted at Long and Short YA Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very weird book. I really did not like this book. Read it and see if you like it. Maybe you will. J..... :(