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Lord of the Isles (1997)

by David Drake

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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Overall, Lord of the Isles was a fun read. The characters are all pretty likable and the world they live in is a bit different than your normal fantasy fare. However, the way the story goes the confluence of so many seemingly important people in one small little hamlet is pretty inexplicable. Perhaps the fates have as much to do with the characters placement as it did with my stumbling upon the book in a bargin bin a couple years ago. Either way it's an enjoyable and simple read and one I recommend if you're looking for some light fantasy. ( )
  finalcut | Apr 2, 2013 |
Many threads well woven together with some characters that you get attached too. ( )
  Guide2 | Oct 3, 2011 |
A very good series, and a reall page-turner.
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  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
I gave up after about two hundred pages, the story just couldn't hold my interest. Not sure why--there have been books I've hated with a passion and I could point to this that jarred or that which annoyed. The style was pleasant enough and there were some interesting magical concepts, but the world and the characters somehow never came into focus for me. Other authors have done the cliched riff of ordinary small village boy has special destiny/royal blood etc, which is a fantasy standard, and yet kept me glued to the page.

I think it was hard to care about Garric because he didn't have anything or anyone he was particularly passionate about and nothing about his inner life that pulled you in. His father gives him cryptic hints about his origins and his sister is revealed to have different parents then she thought she did, but Garric doesn't press her or those who tested her or his own parents about his own origins. There's nothing in his life pushing him--revenge, ambition, curiosity, a wish for personal freedom and that pretty much can be said for all the other characters.

Maybe that changed in the last two-thirds of the book--or other books in the series. But after two hundred pages in, if an author can't make you care, why give several more hours of your life you're not getting back? ( )
  LisaMaria_C | May 19, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812522400, Mass Market Paperback)

David Drake made his name in genre fiction with the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction about tough future mercenaries, launched in 1979. A versatile writer, he's also published well-received fantasies. Lord of the Isles opens a massive new saga of clashing swords and spells in an archipelago world. One thousand years beforehand, potent sorcery won a war only for it to backlash and sink the winning island. Now, with magic reaching another millennial peak of power, the world is endangered. Among the players are a king's ghost and two magicians who were present at the ancient disaster (one of them caused it), plus modern wizards, warriors, and unknowing descendants of royalty. Drake skillfully juggles multiple storylines as his engaging characters meet a wild variety of danger: rising and vanishing lands, the reanimated dead (not only human dead), out-of-control sorcery, demons, riots, traps, and other planes of reality including hell itself. The magic comes in several fascinating and often unpleasant flavors. Even likeable characters may die. This story reads well and halts at a satisfying moment of victory rather than at a nail-biting cliffhanger. It doesn't quite achieve epic scale--clearly Drake is keeping major trump cards in reserve for the coming sequels. A promising start. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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"In the days following an unusually severe storm, the inhabitants of a tiny seaport town travel toward romance, danger, and ...magic that will transform them and their world."--p. [4] of cover.

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