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

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Looking for a well-crafted, succulent fantasy read? Drasmyr introduced you to Coragan and his friends as they crossed paths with a powerful vampire. Now, they must deal with a cult of demon worshippers. It's a Sword and Sorcery thrill ride that consistently earns four to five stars. Don't miss out. Buy The Children of Lubrochius 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 The Children of Lubrochius (Bk. I: From the Ashes of Ruin) by Matthew D. Ryan

Andy Smullin reviewed on Nov. 3, 2021

Matthew Ryan is a very engaging writer. His story is hard to put down with an excellent plot and detailed characters. It is very dark though and not for queasy stomachs. Though not saturated with it, the violence and gore does get very graphic. I thought that it bogged down in places due to overuse of italics. It also tended to be redundant with a lot of repetition. Despite that, I ploughed through to the end..
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
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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