In the White Drake's war, the price of freedom is paid in blood and fire . . .
For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake bloodand protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it.
A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore have been spread to disparate corners of the world, but they are united in their desire to defeat the White Drake and the Spoiled who follow it.
Humanity itself is at stake, but with the aid of ancient knowledge, revolutionary technology and unexpected allies, all hope is not lost. Saving the world will require sacrifice, as Clay, Lizanne and Hilemore will see all they know either consumed by flames or reborn from the ashes.
About the Author
Anthony Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven's Shadow novels, including Blood Song, Tower Lord and Queen of Fire, and the Draconis Memoria novels, including The Waking Fire and The Legion of Flame.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At times slow and same gore repeated over and over.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and look forward to more adventurous stories from the characters in this world setting.
Every bit as interesting as the prior two novels of the series. Ryan delivers...
The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan is the 3rd and final book in his The Draconis Memoria trilogy. This series is an epic fantasy, with an amazing amount of details and world building that includes magic, war, destruction, blood blessed and dragons. Though the dragons are a major part of the storyline, it is the blood blessed humans who drink the blood harvested from dead dragons that give them the magic to perform many amazing powerful feats. The story revolves around a war, with the Dragons (Red, Blue, Green & Black) lead by the all mighty White Dragon, who are bent on killing all humans, with the help of “spoiled” (humans mentally converted by the White to do his bidding). As the White Dragon and those enthralled build a powerful and dangerous army to take over the world, the story line continues with the POV of the three leading characters we met in the first book…Lizanne, Clay, Hilemore. There is also a Pov in the eyes of Sirus, who is spoiled, and working under the White enthrallment. This is a dark complex world created by Ryan, with the horrors of the battles, as fight they fight for survival in a war against the Dragons onslaught. Lizanne and Clay, who continue to be the main characters, are both blood blessed, which enables them to use the effects of the powers from drinking the blood to use magic to fight against the enemy and find a way to defeat them before it’s too late. I did feel early on, the complex details and the many characters throughout dragged the story a bit, especially since this was over 600 pages. The last third of the book was thrilling as we raced to the climax. What follows is an exciting, dangerous, intense storyline filled with non-stop action. All of our heroes are on their own, with no contact; and as the tension grows, we fear for their lives, as well as losing hope that this is battle they cannot win. To tell too much more would be spoilers, as this is a difficult review to write, with so many details. I will say that I loved Lizanne, as she was some tough heroine, who refused to ever give up, and I loved Clay. Anthony Ryan does a masterful job in bringing this intense and complex story to a satisfying conclusion. If you enjoy epic fantasies, in a sort of sci-fi dystopian world, with lots of action, then you should be reading this series.