Thursday, February 18, 2016

From the Ashes of Ruin Series Book Review & Giveaway

 
About Matthew D. Ryan
 

Matthew D. Ryan lives in northeastern New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. His writing has been featured at Aphelion.com and YesteryearFiction.com. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” (http://matthewdryan.com/a-toast-to-dragons-the-blog/) a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. He is the author of the dark fantasy novels “Drasmyr,” “The Children of Lubrochius,” and “The Sceptre of Morgulan,” as well as a growing number of fantasy short stories including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”

Drasmyr
 
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The Children of Lubrochius
 
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Book Review
 
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Review by Anniek
 
Coragan, Galladrin, Gaelan, Borak, Ambrisia and Recegon form a powerful group of people who all have their own strengths and skills. They have been on quests before but this time they have to give it all they've got. Korina Bolaris, once a student of Ambrisia, has gone over to the dark side and has created her own army. There they all have to help her reach her goals, if not she won't hesitate to get rid of anyone. She is heartless and that makes her a very dangerous witch.

The book starts with a prophecy which turns out to be very important. It is called The Canticle of the Damned:

Morgulan, Morgulan, curse of the night,
Beware the living darkness and the servant’s might.
Morgulan, Morgulan, priest of our fear,
Beware the singing blood of a thousand years.
When sceptre is changed for demon sword,
When sorrows past return twelve fold,
When the blood of devils feeds the dead,
Then, shall the Man of Wounds from the pit of darkness tread.
Whisper prayers as Hell’s Dread blooms,
Immortal forever, the coming Man of Wounds.
Ignore the whip and fear the rod,
Spitting out poison for the Love of God.


When the battle is at its peak things can go either way. Who will stand on the side of good and who will turn to evil? Will they hang on to their believes or will former lives make the decision for them?

The Sceptre of Morgulan is the second book of the From the Ashes of Ruin series. Because I haven't read the first two stories, The Children of Lubrochius (book 1) and Drasmyr (prequel), I had a little bit of trouble to get into the story. But I must say when I did it was absolutely worth it.

When I read about Ambrisia and her group I had an image in my mind of the knights of the round table. That thought stayed with me throughout the whole story. Of course I was hoping for the good to win, but the ending also made me feel sad for some of the dark creatures. Matthew D. Ryan has put almost every magical and mythical creature into his story and it plays out very well. It takes a lot of skill to be so detailed and precise and not lose your reader along the way. I loved the dark scenery and his world full of magic. You must read this book when it's dark outside as it will make the story come alive so much more.

If (or should I say when) you start this series I do think it is wise to start reading from the beginning. It will be easier to understand the story that way. You will not be disappointed. Matthew D. Ryan delivers everything he promises his readers and more...

Giveaway
 

74 comments:

  1. This book sounds great and I would love to read it.

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    1. Cool beans! So you know, "Drasmyr" is free.

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  2. What character in any book would you like to be best friends with?

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    1. Without a doubt Ambrisia. She is smart, kind and powerful.

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    2. Coragan would be pretty cool. He has the strength of his convictions and is usually quite amenable.

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  3. Thank you for the review and giveaway. I appreciate it!

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  4. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

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    1. Glad you found the info interesting. And I'm sure you'll like the books.

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  5. Thanks for hosting today. And thanks for the review!

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  6. Thanks for the competition

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  7. As a child did you know you would be a writer someday?

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    1. No. I planned on being a paleontologist. I had tons of books on dinosaurs as a kid. I absolutely loved them. I did a little writing here and there. But not a lot. I recently found a short story I wrote as a kid (about 8 yrs. old or so). It was about Godzilla fighting a giant vampire. Looking back on it, it was pretty funny.
      I didn't really start writing a lot until I got to college and studied philosophy. Then, when I got out I wrote a short story about a vampire and a mage. That short story evolved into the novel, "Drasmyr."

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  8. Would love to read these x

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  9. Sounds like a great book, thanks for showcasing it and the author :D

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I hope you check the books out.

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  10. Enjoyed the excerpt, can't wait to check it out, looks like I'm setting Drasmyr to my tbr. :)

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  11. I really enjoyed The Canticle Of The Damned - 'the singing blood of a thousand years' - goosebumps time!

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    1. Thanks. I worked hard on that poem/prophecy. I hope its development/fulfillment meets your expectations.

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    2. It gave me the chills as well that's why I had to put it in my review!

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    1. Thanks. I hope you take a gander at it.

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  13. Sounds like some great books to read.

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  14. Loved the review, thank you for sharing it.

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  15. great review. This sounds like a great series.

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    1. Yeah, I enjoyed the review, too. And I'm sure you'll like the series.

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    2. Thank you! If you like this genre I am sure that you will love these books.

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  16. Thanks for sharing your awesome review!! I'm planning on reading the entire series :D

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    1. Cool beans. I'm sure you'll like it.

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    2. Thank you! Suze and I both spend a lot of time in our posts and reviews I am glad to know that it shows.

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  18. The covers of your books are very dramatic. With the bold black and red it makes me think of the Twilight covers.

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    1. The resemblance in covers does NOT carry over to the story. My vampire is definitely not a Twilight vampire. He's more from the line of the traditional Dracula. He is thoroughly evil and not datable. Think more of a Dracula-style vampire in a Middle-Earth-like world. It's not a romance. It's kind of a Sword & Sorcery Fantasy. The vampires are evil. The demons are evil. And the heroes must rise to the task of fighting them.

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  19. Great review! This sounds like an interesting series!

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    1. Thanks. I liked the review, too. I hope you check the series out.

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  20. Thanks for hosting me today. I really appreciated it.

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you are having a great blog tour.

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  21. Dark fantasy is a genre that usually has a lot of twists and turns. This book sounds very intriguing.

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    1. It really is! I am sure that you would love it.

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    2. Give it a gander and find out. I'm sure you'll like it.

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  22. How do you even begin "creating" a fantasy world? Do you base it on an historical period?

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    1. Medieval Europe ... except all the myths are real not figments of the mind. I've been playing Dungeons and Dragons for years as both a player and a DM. So, I've had a lot of practice from gaming sessions where I designed the setting, or I played a character that interacted with the setting. Ultimately, all that experience kind of forms a setting stew in my mind from which I extract beefy tidbits of detail. I usually don't have to research much--except the really obscure details--because I know the setting so well from all that time playing D&D (AD&D 2nd edition, to be precise).

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  23. What a great giveaway. I'm in awe of authors, I have zero imagination!

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    1. We all have our own unique gifts. One of mine is my imagination. I'm sure you have other gifts that would just blow me away. The key is to find out what you're good at and go from there.

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  24. Does the fantasy ever creep into everyday life?

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  25. Does the fantasy ever creep into everyday life?

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    1. That's actually a dangerous question for me. I've actually been diagnosed with a legit psychological disorder that revolves around Satan. I'm not comfortable going into too many details, but sometimes my illness influences my writing and sometimes my writing makes it harder for me to cope.

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  26. Fab review, makes me want to go and pick them up and read!

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    1. By all means, do so. Drasmyr is free. So you can take the series for a test drive.

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  27. Great prize - thanks for the chance!

    Good luck everyone.

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