The Children of Lubrochius (Bk. I: From the Ashes of Ruin)

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The vampire, Lucian val Drasmyr, has been defeated, but not destroyed: Now he serves another evil: Korina Bolaris, a young and gifted sorceress bent on subverting the power structure of Drisdak. Only Coragan of Esperia can hope to stop them. But is even he prepared to face the dark cult who claims her as their own: the Children of Lubrochius? More

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About Matthew D. Ryan

Hi, my name is Matthew D. Ryan. I am a fantasy writer. I own a cat and a dog. The cat's name is Confucius. The dog's name is Cicero. Can you tell I was a philosophy major in college? I loved philosophy back then; still do, although it does have some drawbacks. Regardless, it has heavily influenced much of my writing in numerous ways. I've also seen Champy once. Yes, Champy, the legendary Lake Champlain Monster. It was years ago. My brother, Pat, and I were canoeing over to Valcour Island one evening (yes, it was dark out so all you skeptics can throw that in our face). I saw a ridge moving in the water, but I didn't say anything. Then, my brother said, "I think I'm losing it, because I think I just saw Champy." I said, "Where? Right there?" and pointed to the spot I'd seen the ridge. We both freaked out a little, and started canoeing a little harder. We got to Valcour Island, okay and, to this day, no one ever believes us. Oh, well. We know what we saw.

Anyway, back to fantasy. As I said, I'm a fantasy author. My topics of choice include vampires, dragons, wizards … that sort of thing. Oh, and I don't write about teen heart throb vampires, in case you were worried--that's just not my style. I much prefer vampires that hearken back to the days of Dracula; the really nasty guys. Unholy. Diabolical. Purely evil, through and through. I get my inspiration from multiple sources, but mostly from my almost complete immersion in the fantasy genre. I've read more fantasy novels than I can remember; I've been playing RPG games like D&D as both Gamemaster and player for nearly forty years; and I've watched innumerable movies and television programs steeped in the fantastic and miraculous. It doesn't mean I can deal with reality particularly well (although I still steadfastly believe we saw Champy), but it does give me a fertile imagination and a rich background of ideas to draw from.

My first book, Drasmyr, started out as a short story, grew into a stand-alone novel, then shifted into the prequel to my dark fantasy series, From the Ashes of Ruin. The novel features one of my favorite characters of all time: Lucian val Drasmyr, a one-thousand-year-old vampires who's filled with bloodlust and out for revenge. In addition to Ashes, 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 been diagnosed schizoaffective because I am convinced I am the antichrist…it's a long story. I wrote a book about it called Delusions of Grandeur, so just click the link to find it. And yes, I still affirm that I really did see Champy!). I've run a number of web-sites and blogs in my day, and I've also done a couple talks, here and there, on world-building and the like. So, when it comes to the fantasy genre, I'm your guy.

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Lola reviewed on Aug. 25, 2014

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.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
ComposersofSibelius reviewed on April 26, 2014

Luxuriously descriptive always, The Children of Lubrochius brings the reader back to a smaller, more intimate world, where magic is still real, where wood and metal are still the materials that surround us, and where creatures, long dismissed as myth in our world, still hunt and kill men and women with abandon. The plot is richly detailed and as deep and dark as the nighttime sea. Elaborately interwoven characters become like friends and family, and you fear for them as you would your kin. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Holly Irish reviewed on April 4, 2014
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****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!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
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