Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin)

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In a world of wizards and vampires a clever man may make a fortune. But hunting the undead is no small task, as Coragan the bounty hunter will soon find out. He will need all his wits and the help of his comrades. Together, they must pit themselves against a creature so old time itself bends knee, an ancient vampire by the name of Lucian val Drasmyr. More
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Published: Feb. 09, 2012
Words: 125,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466139572
About Matthew D. Ryan

Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once and he has a cat named Confucius.

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Review by: IRB on Sep. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
I'm not sure why this is being marketed as YA, as none of the characters is a young adult, and the storyline is certainly adult (though, I do believe teens would really eat it up). If you're a grown-up and hesitant to read anything marked "YA" but you love a good fantasy, do yourself a favor and pick up this book.

It was refreshing to find a book which makes vampires scary again. To have them long for human blood, to make their souls dark and their powers strong. This book is very much a battle between good and evil.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the blurb for this book -- and it's not a good representation of what this is about. But I completely enjoy a good fantasy, so was game for just about anything and accepted the challenge. I cut my reading teeth on fantasy many years ago (didn't most kids?) and haven't found many of late that were really enjoyable. I'm happy to say, this was the exception. I gobbled this book up, picked my teeth and looked for more.

Drasmyr has all the elements of a good, old-fashioned fantasy: wizards, a quest, and great evil. The writing reminds me of the classic fantasies with sometimes flowery descriptions and formal dialogue. I enjoyed every word. The author is incredibly talented and truly paints a picture with words. I was immersed in the story from the first line and didn't want to stop reading. He cleverly used different points-of-view, so I was invested in every character (even the vampire's) and had to know what happened to them.

Each piece to the puzzle is cleverly added, many surprises were in store for me (I love a story where I can't figure everything out right off the bat) and the ending is satisfying (and clearly indicates that this is the beginning of a series). I'm so glad I chose to review this book, despite my apprehensions over the blurb and somewhat lackluster cover (yes, it reflects the darkness of the book, but just didn't grab me with anything that felt unique and certainly doesn't make it clear that it's a story filled with magic and fantasy elements). The author's way with words made the journey through Drasmyr utterly entertaining and worth every minute of my time. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Don't believe me? Try for yourself. Drasmyr is currently available FREE at all eBook outlets.
(review of free book)

Review by: Stephanie Brentson on June 22, 2012 : star star star star
This was defiantly different from what I normally read; I really liked reading about the darker side of vampires. The only reason this is not a 5 star is because sometimes it was a bit hard to follow, it would go back and forth between Coragan and Drasymr but the way it was done took a bit to get use to and confused me at first. But once you get used to it then it all falls into place.

Coragan is a bounty hunter, that’s always been his dream until he was not hunting bad people anymore it was hurting innocent people so he stopped. Or so he thought anyway, until he was offered a job to a investigate fire.

Drasymr is not you every day run of the mill vampire in Ya books. He is a vicious killer that will leave you watching you’re every step. This is a great read if you like horror books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mindy Wall on May 26, 2012 : star star star star
Initially I was a bit confused as the book moves back and forth between the minds of Coragan and Drasymr. Once I got used to the voice used for each character it was fairly easy to tell when the author moved from one character to the other. But initially I was a bit confused when the bounty hunter started talking about being hunted and having a girl trying to shoot him. Eventually I realized it was Drasymr, the vampire. That helped clear a lot of things up.
The book is a different take on the vampire story, a much darker and more evil vampire. This book was much more along the lines of Frankenstein or what I think Dracula would be like, with the creepy evil guy and the twist making you look over your shoulder. When my kids were little we took my daughter on the haunted house ride at Disneyland. It scared her to death and she was convinced the ghost followed her home; I’m going to be looking over my shoulder for vampire for a while. That’s the sign of a good book.
I happily give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.
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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: aobibliophile on May 23, 2012 : star star star star star
“Listen to them - children of the night. What music they make.” - Bram Stoker, Dracula

in Drisdak, the city on the Sea of Sorrows, the disappearance of Guild Master Arcalian and a mysterious fire in the Mages' Guild House prompts Councilman Regecon to hire a bounty hunter, a rogue and a warrior to investigate and solve the enigma. the quest for answers brings these three men to confront an ancient, evil and powerful enemy - the vampire Lucian val Drasmyr.
author Matthew D. Ryan's novel is a refreshing take on the Dracula legend and is set in a world inhabited by humans and supernatural creatures.
i was very impressed with this dark literary fantasy. it is filled with heart-stopping scenes and a storyline that engages the reader from the first page to the last. the prose is also excellent and i never had a dull moment as the story progressed.
i highly recommend this book which i devoured in one sitting. it has enough magic, mystery and adventure combined to provide chills and thrills for lovers of fantasy and vampire stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Vida Pacheco on March 26, 2012 : (no rating)
This book was a fun read. The characters are well written and are multidimensional. At the start the story can be a little word heavy, but keep going. It get's better and will keep you "turning the page". Fantasy mixed with horror in a really awesome way. And for those who are looking for sparkly vamps look elsewhere... Great read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

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