Primarily known for military SF, Drake (Fireships, etc.) shows a wider Lord of the Isles. David Drake, Author Tor Books $ (0p) ISBN With Lord of the Isles, David Drake returns to fantasy with a towering and complex epic of heroic adventure in an extraordinary and colorful world where the. David Drake has written fantasies before, but the Lord of the Isles series is his first full-on venture into Jordan-style multibook VLFN saga-spinning. And I’m sad .

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This is a sore subject with me. The evil guys use magic all over the place, indiscriminately, and they’re always getting blow up cause they don’t use it wisely.

While in a book like The Wizard of Earthsea the young hero is xavid the rules, it feels like the characters in this world are playing with the nets down.

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Lord of the Isles Series

Wagner Support SF Reviews. This is terrible sexist male fantasy stuff, and admittedly I probably supplied most of the dirty stuff myself, that scene of staff polishing is as racy as it gets.

Apparently Garric is possessed by the spirit of King Carus from a thousand years ago, and there’s some shadowy evil figure called the Hooded One who’s, you know, evil and stuff. There’s no real reason for all these things happening at the same time, they just do.

A chapter would end, and the next time I saw the character, lots had happened behind the scenes. Jul 22, Melissa rated it it was amazing. I have all of the books, in hardcover, I just never got around to picking this first one up and starting it.

Each of erake first six Isles novels is intended to be a self-standing work that can be read alone. A series of books by author David Drake.

Lord of the Isles

Made it half-way through this Drake seems to have fallen victim to the misguided notion that the first novel in a series doesn’t have to be anything but set-up. It doesn’t quite achieve epic scale–clearly Drake is keeping major trump cards in reserve for the coming sequels. That may sounds snarky, but I was in high school then, and I have a great fondness for that period of SFF. This books was only good enough to fill time I didn’t have anything better to do with. He knows the mechanics, the feel and the energy of people fighting, and he makes these scenes sing.


Because of this, I wasn’t as caught up in the danger and intrigue of the plot. Some parts seemed long and confusing, but overall, the story was pretty good. This book succeeded on both levels. This book was an enjoyable read, and an original concept, but ultimately not, in my opinion, up to the standards of his SF. This is one novel that won’t appeal to anyone beyond those folks predisposed to love any srake fantasy that has the Tor logo on it.

To put it bluntly: If you ever wanted an example to demonstrate the importance of a good editor, this is it. What makes a fantasy novel is the world and the characters.

Wrong, sir; there’s no such thing as a page prologue, and even if there were, you would still have to make the proceedings compelling and exciting enough to persuade readers to line up for volume two. The further along the story goes, the greater the tedium. The problem with the book is not the familiar archetypical patterns, it is how David Thw improvises within them. I’d like to say I’m going to continue with the series, and I may.

With few exceptions, Drake never convinced me that their success was due to anything in themselves. Lord of the Isles 1. But I guess I wouldn’t have many books to put there, since I am usually able to put a book down if it’s this bad.

The reason this little detail is so frustrating is that I lrd Drake is educated in history and researches his work meticulously. The premise of the book is that a small sheep-herding community on the edge of one of the Isles that make up this world gets disrupted when first a strange woman appears on some flotsam, followed by the arrival of a trireme of soldiers and nobles lkrd search of a long lost heir, and then a lord arrives ostensibly looking for sheep to wrangle back to his homeland.

Obviously there would have to be more of a focus on ships as transportation, etc. I can imagine Drake laughing: Jun 27, Joshua Palmatier rated it liked it. You waded through all that brain-numbing nonsense in the hope that it would all make sense in the end?

But Garric, Cashel, Ilna, and Sharina have next to no personality.

A part of the problem is how Drake uses magic in the book. A trireme is thrown off-course from the resulting choppy seas and comes upon a small, out-of-the-way town where they discover the missing daughter of an important count and countess who were slain years before.


Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles, #1) by David Drake

At times in the book the characters, be they sprites or wizards, mention about living on “another plane” earlier in the prologue we see–yeah, this is a spoiler but it is only 10 pages into the book, so you can deal with it–one character bend space and time and send another character into the future, but not exactly. I may continue the series when I’m looking for more light fantasy. And while that plot line seems to have been somewhat resolved, there are many more that have only partially run their course.

The series consists of nine books broken into two distinct parts, the Lord of the Isles consisting of the first six books, and a final trilogy dubbed the Crown of the Isles. The books center on the lives of four youths from a small village on one of the islands that make up the archipelago of the book’s world, known as the Isles.

I give books at least that much until I decide to keep reading or stop. And I do have a passing interest in physics. It does sound a bit like New Age nonsense, and in Drake’s case it may very well be just that. Not only does there seem to be no appreciable change in society and culture from Tenoctris’ time to the present, but Tenoctris herself has absolutely no problem fitting in to the bucolic society of Barca’s Hamlet.

So I wasn’t as attached to the characters as I should have been. Which may be why it bugged me a little in this book since it didn’t really happen that much, as far as I remember. So after all those words of wisdom, let me add my special category of guilty pleasures.

Its characters are usually drawn using an athame made of a variety of substances including iron, twigs and ivory and the words spoken aloud.