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Drisdak. City of adventure. City of shadows. Enter a world where the darkness holds threats from both the living and the dead, and any man who stands his ground may not live to see the dawn. Korina Bolaris is a young and talented sorceress who has captured a powerful vampire and is coming into her own, working her terrible magic in secret, and gathering minions to serve he Drisdak. City of adventure. City of shadows. Enter a world where the darkness holds threats from both the living and the dead, and any man who stands his ground may not live to see the dawn. Korina Bolaris is a young and talented sorceress who has captured a powerful vampire and is coming into her own, working her terrible magic in secret, and gathering minions to serve her and her demon god, Lubrochius. Hers is a silent evil, gaining strength amidst the shadows, preparing to strike when the time is right. Can anyone stop her? Once again, the wizards of Drisdak are in need of help and call on Coragan of Esperia, the bounty hunter, and his two companions: Galladrin the Rogue, and Borak the Warrior. It begins with a simple missing person investigation, but the more the men learn, the less clear things become, and soon they find themselves drawn into the sinister machinations of a sorceress who wields magic with unprecedented ease and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Into this mix, comes the young man, Gaelan Durragonn, the only survivor of a village razed by goblins. Gaelan is seeking a new life. He takes on a job as a simple guardsman, but soon his own yearning drives him into greater things: he finds himself a mercenary at Coragan’s side, confronting a dark and sinister evil that is spreading like the plague. Find out if they can outwit the sorceress Korina Bolaris, her magic, and her terrible vampire ally—Buy "The Children of Lubrochius" Now.


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Drisdak. City of adventure. City of shadows. Enter a world where the darkness holds threats from both the living and the dead, and any man who stands his ground may not live to see the dawn. Korina Bolaris is a young and talented sorceress who has captured a powerful vampire and is coming into her own, working her terrible magic in secret, and gathering minions to serve he Drisdak. City of adventure. City of shadows. Enter a world where the darkness holds threats from both the living and the dead, and any man who stands his ground may not live to see the dawn. Korina Bolaris is a young and talented sorceress who has captured a powerful vampire and is coming into her own, working her terrible magic in secret, and gathering minions to serve her and her demon god, Lubrochius. Hers is a silent evil, gaining strength amidst the shadows, preparing to strike when the time is right. Can anyone stop her? Once again, the wizards of Drisdak are in need of help and call on Coragan of Esperia, the bounty hunter, and his two companions: Galladrin the Rogue, and Borak the Warrior. It begins with a simple missing person investigation, but the more the men learn, the less clear things become, and soon they find themselves drawn into the sinister machinations of a sorceress who wields magic with unprecedented ease and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Into this mix, comes the young man, Gaelan Durragonn, the only survivor of a village razed by goblins. Gaelan is seeking a new life. He takes on a job as a simple guardsman, but soon his own yearning drives him into greater things: he finds himself a mercenary at Coragan’s side, confronting a dark and sinister evil that is spreading like the plague. Find out if they can outwit the sorceress Korina Bolaris, her magic, and her terrible vampire ally—Buy "The Children of Lubrochius" Now.

37 review for The Children of Lubrochius (From the Ashes of Ruin, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shana Festa

    I have to warn you from the start that this book is long...I consider myself a relatively quick reader and it still took me almost 3 days to get through the whole thing. And while I do love books that get right to the heart of the matter, this wasn't one of those books. Well, it does get right into what brings all our major players together right from the beginning... but the real story is fleshed out over the entire book. But I was intrigued from the first page and the book's grasp over me neve I have to warn you from the start that this book is long...I consider myself a relatively quick reader and it still took me almost 3 days to get through the whole thing. And while I do love books that get right to the heart of the matter, this wasn't one of those books. Well, it does get right into what brings all our major players together right from the beginning... but the real story is fleshed out over the entire book. But I was intrigued from the first page and the book's grasp over me never let up. I can't bring myself to give this book anything but 5 stars.... 5 little bookie worms on fire! There is a lot of background given in this book; perhaps in the subsequent books there won't be the need for all the background because we've gotten it all here. Normally I would yawn and skip over the details...but in this case the details are important. We are introduced to a lot of major players. So you have to pay attention to keep them all straight. It's almost like this first book is a "family tree" of sorts for the battle that is sure to play out later in the series. There is a prequel, Drasmyr, that I haven't had the chance to read yet; and I'm sure that introduces us to the vampire who wreaks so much havoc in this book. The wizards guild calls in a bounty hunter to figure out the mysterious disappearance of one of their apprentices. It was thought she had fled during the epic battle to contain and ultimately destroy the vampire. What the bounty hunter uncovers is a network of lies and deceit by one of the guild's very own. Matthew really does a great job of creating this fantasy world where magic prevails. No detail is left to the imagination. I love the imagery he creates. Being a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons (and yes, I was one of those nerds that played the tabletop game) I felt at home in this world. Ogres, goblins, mages, rogues, and bounty hunters...Oh my! If you love the fantasy genre (even though we do have a vampire that plays a vital role in this story, it most certainly shouldn't be pawned off as "just another vampire book"), then you will definitely LOVE this book! I haven't seen a release date for book two yet, but the tentative title is The Sceptre of Morgulan and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Neville

    Man, this book was tons of fun. I loved it because it combines fantasy - magic, wizards, and fascinating otherworldly creatures - with the supernatural. Add compelling characters to the mix, and I for one am sold. Korina is the most powerful rising sorceress in her guild of wizards and enchantresses, but her ambitions are a lot more than just to be a mage. She practices hellcraft, a forbidden magical art, and worships a demon god in order to further her goals. She will stop at nothing to achieve Man, this book was tons of fun. I loved it because it combines fantasy - magic, wizards, and fascinating otherworldly creatures - with the supernatural. Add compelling characters to the mix, and I for one am sold. Korina is the most powerful rising sorceress in her guild of wizards and enchantresses, but her ambitions are a lot more than just to be a mage. She practices hellcraft, a forbidden magical art, and worships a demon god in order to further her goals. She will stop at nothing to achieve them, killing, sacrificing, and manipulating all the way, yet she's incredibly brilliant and doesn't make stupid mistakes. And she is slowly building up a following, and rising to power. Meanwhile, Coragan of Esperia and his friends Galladrin and Borak are investigating the mysterious disappearance of Marissa Malaway, another mage-in-training. And their friend and guardsman Galean is secretly falling in love with Korina. And amidst all this, an imprisoned vampire plots revenge on his captor. See, this book is cool because of the characters. You really get inside Korina's mind and even though she is most certainly the antagonist, you almost find yourself cheering for her. Yet at the same time, the point of view switches to Coragan, a man of honor and courage, and you're cheering for him just as much as you are for Korina. And then there are amazing magical spells and enchantments, and a good amount of vampire lore as well. And an entire history and series of long-foretold, frightening prophecies that await fulfillment. Every detail is done well, even down to the names. Silgaren and Neerie are the names of the world's two moons. I love the way they sound! I don't know why Matthew D. Ryan isn't more well-known. He definitely deserves to be. I am a busy college student so despite reading a LOT, I still usually make my way through books - even good ones - slowly. Not so with The Children of Lubrochius. I couldn't put it down! It was exciting, imaginative, and engaging. All in all, a very good choice of a book for me. I would recommend this to anyone who has the dual interests of both fantasy and supernatural/horror. It's a dark fantasy, so it has elements of both. Which is right up my alley. :) Also, I would recommend reading Drasmyr first. It provided a lot more context to the story, and it was an awesome read as well. 5 stars all around!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I was lucky to receive this book from Matthew Ryan in exchange for a fair review. He is a thorough writer. Like Drasmyr, this book is told from several points of view. This may cause some repetition but his writing is so enthralling you tend not to mind. Coragan, Galladrin, and Borak are hired by the Magicians once again to investigate. This time they are looking for a missing girl. We meet Gaelan, who is a very intriguing gentleman that has quite the internal argument going on. Korina is up to I was lucky to receive this book from Matthew Ryan in exchange for a fair review. He is a thorough writer. Like Drasmyr, this book is told from several points of view. This may cause some repetition but his writing is so enthralling you tend not to mind. Coragan, Galladrin, and Borak are hired by the Magicians once again to investigate. This time they are looking for a missing girl. We meet Gaelan, who is a very intriguing gentleman that has quite the internal argument going on. Korina is up to no good, and now we shall find out much more about her hidden adventures. We are left with several unfinished obstacles and I am definitely looking forward to reading the final book to see how this adventure ends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    ****ARC Review**** Oh holy wow! I don't even know how to describe this book to give it the credit it deserves. This book is dark, twisted, creepy, and full of action. I had to keep putting it down due to it being a bit dark. I couldn't even read it at night! The vampire is just creepy *shivers* I wouldn't want to cross paths with him or the main character. She's more creepy and twisted than he is! But I loved it! It's a great book filled with mages, a vampire, and other creatures! I'm glad that t ****ARC Review**** Oh holy wow! I don't even know how to describe this book to give it the credit it deserves. This book is dark, twisted, creepy, and full of action. I had to keep putting it down due to it being a bit dark. I couldn't even read it at night! The vampire is just creepy *shivers* I wouldn't want to cross paths with him or the main character. She's more creepy and twisted than he is! But I loved it! It's a great book filled with mages, a vampire, and other creatures! I'm glad that this is the first book to the series since I can't wait to read the other ones and give myself more nightmares! P.S. This is not a "sparkly, lovely" vampire book. It's dark and the vampire is EVIL!

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  11. 5 out of 5

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    Merete Aasen

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    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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