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Empires clash, and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2017 Anthony Ryan (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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By Grant on 06-27-17

Get ready for disappointment.

Short version, I recommend people buy the print version and not purchase the audio book. Narration sounds like an elderly man from BBC news radio.

Did you love The Ravens Shadow series, did you gape in wonder when the blue drakes destroyed the corventine fleet. Have you waited in excited anticipation for the release of this book?

If you said yes to the above then get ready to have a wonderful story nearly ruined by barely passable narration. Steve West merely tells a story, while Steven Brand could transport you into another reality. I used to think Anthony Ryan's book made Steven Brand a great Narrator, however the reality is Steven Brand narrative made Anthony Ryan's books great.

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By Ignatius on 07-21-17

New Narrator same great story!

Many of the complaints about this book was of the change in narrators, but the new narrator did an excellent job. If I have any compliant it is the slow start. And the fact that we are well into the third act before we get the explanation we been waiting for since the first book. Ryan does a fantastic job however of tying the four storylines together in the final act and leaves the reader wanting more. Top notch steampunk fiction and excellent world building.

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