Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin)

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Tired of Sexy Vampires? Me, too.

I give you Drasmyr, a vampire both ancient and evil. He's about to clash with a guild of wizards and a bounty hunter of legend. Drasmyr is a Sword and Sorcery thrill ride that regularly earns between 4 and 5 stars. Don't miss out. This is the vampire you remember from your gaming days. Buy now! More
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About Matthew D. Ryan

Looking for a vampire that actually kills people? So was I. So, I created one: Lucian val Drasmyr. He's not a teen heart throb. He's a killer. My first novel, Drasmyr, features him as the chief antagonist and a formidable force for darkness. Just in case I was unclear: he is pure evil. Unholy. Diabolical. A true scourge from Hell.

I'm Matthew D. Ryan and I'm a fantasy author. My topics of choice include the aforementioned vampires, as well as dragons, wizards, magic … that sort of thing. I get my inspiration from multiple sources, not least of which is my almost complete immersion in the fantasy genre over many, many years. I've read more fantasy novels than I can remember; I've been playing RPG games like D&D as both Dungeonmaster/Gamemaster and player for nearly forty years; and I've watched innumerable movies and television programs steeped in the fantastic and miraculous. All of that gives me a fertile imagination and a rich background of experience to draw upon. Writing about vampires or dragons is almost second nature for me now.

My first novel, Drasmyr, started out as a short story. Then it grew into a stand-alone novel. Then it shifted into the prequel to my dark fantasy series, From the Ashes of Ruin. I've also written several small collections of short stories, a couple novellas, and even a non-fiction book about my struggles with mental illness. I've run a number of web-sites and blogs in my day, as well; and I've also done a couple speaking engagements on both worldbuilding and the writing process.

So, if you like vampires or dragons, or are just into the fantasy genre in general, I'm your guy. Download one of my books now. I heartily recommend Drasmyr.

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Reviews of Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin) by Matthew D. Ryan

Andre Michael Pietroschek reviewed on Nov. 7, 2020

Drasmyr (Prequel: From the Ashes of Ruin)
Series: From the Ashes of Ruin
By Matthew D. Ryan

While I am happy that other readers liked it, I cannot agree. The writing style was not exactly entertaining, the vampire was not only overconfident, but written in predictable "guess, who will not get defeated" scenes.

The idea might have been nice, but I know video games with more care to story and depiction of the factions.

I am not ungrateful, and this was a freebie. Hence I give 4 stars, as several other reviewers worship this clumsy piece of prosaic cliche junk.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Marisa1978 reviewed on Dec. 31, 2015
(no rating)
Really good and so much fun! I couldn't put it down, very solid storyline.
(review of free book)
dml reviewed on Dec. 3, 2015

Fantasy isn't my genre of choice, however I found the language used by Matthew Ryan to be intriguing. Not a book with just the typical "who did what where", the author's ability to bring ideas forward and infuse real depth to the story are what kept me engaged.
(review of free book)
Lola reviewed on Oct. 29, 2015

The movement and detail in this book grabbed my attention. You were able to know each of the major characters from their own point of view, giving a lot of insight to what was going on. The "good guys" and the "bad guys" all had their own story. It is packed full of magic and vampires! I was unaware at first that this book is a prequel to a trilogy, but I am sure I will be following this story to see where it will go. I must say, I was somewhat surprised at the ending of this book!
(review of free book)
IRB reviewed on Sep. 3, 2012

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)
Stephanie Brentson reviewed on June 22, 2012

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 65 days after purchase)
Mindy Wall reviewed on May 26, 2012

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 50 days after purchase)
aobibliophile reviewed on May 23, 2012

“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 47 days after purchase)
Vida Pacheco reviewed 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 34 days after purchase)

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