Good Evening Bookish Folk!
Fuck! It has been a while…I don’t really have an excuse other than LIFE! Lets just say I needed a break, I have had a break and now I’M BACK!
And what a return review…The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan. This is the second book in the Draconis Memoria series and I think it is easily one of my favourite seconds in a series. Lets be honest many can fall flat. Not all, don’t shoot me.
Anywho, onto the book..
A few facts about this book:
- Title: The Legion of Flame
- Author: Anthony Ryan
- Series: The Draconis Memoria
- Published by Orbit
- Pages: 638
Here are a few things you can expect from this book…
- Fantastic character development;
- An example of how a middle book should be;
- Exceptional plot advancement and world building; and
- A THOROUGHLY immersive and enjoyable ride!
On to the full review…
As I mentioned earlier, this book is the second book in this series and it was a brilliant middle book. I don’t feel like it lulled and dipped but in fact kept pace, if not exceeded its predecessor! While I adored book one and praised its ability to mix several elements one wouldn’t think go together, I appreciated the consistency in this instalment. The book felt as though is fell more securely into where it wanted to go and what direction it was heading you in.
Each chapter gave me all the things I didn’t know I wanted or needed. This isn’t a book you can pause at to make a brew, something always has you thinking ‘just a few more pages…chapters’. This isn’t just in respect of the plot either, the world-building is another constant tease! I am not a huge worldbuilding fan, I find it one of the more boring elements but Ryan proved me wrong on this front. Every world element, piece of lore or detail as to the origins of the drakes was fun to read. I wasn’t just reading a book, I was fully immersed in this world and exploring it with the characters.
I also fell even more in love with the characters, which doesn’t take much when I enjoyed them as much as I did in book one. With characters I can love them straight away purely on their potential so it was so excited to continue the journey with these and all of them fulfil that potential!
We even get a new POV and boy oh boy is it an new, insightful and fascinating POV!
This instalment was such a beautiful blend of character development, word building and plot progression and did not fall victim to middle book syndrome!
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Fuck. I wish I had this in HARDBACK!