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Fortress Draconis (DragonCrown War Cycle #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,384 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The incredible new fantasy epic that began with The Dark Glory War continues in...
Fortress Draconis
In an age of treachery and peril, a young thief may be the prophesied savior ... or the betrayer of the world.
From Michael A. Stackpole, "New York Times" bestselling author and a master of epic fantasy, comes a stirring chronicle of magic, intrigue, passion, and the most u
Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Spectra Books (first published 2001)
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Little more than 3 stars, not quite 4 stars. Reading through the series (I hate leaving things partially done) after really enjoying the prequel: The Dark Glory War.

Standard military fantasy done well. It may not stand-out as one of the best books you'll read, but it also won't stand-out as one of the worst. If you are looking for a fantasy novel with a touch of military, this book is worth picking up and may exceed your expectations if you temper them. If I had to pick a similar author, I would
Jun 21, 2010 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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Dec 02, 2007 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Most fantasy novels are derivative dreck, but this one manages to be boring derivative dreck. I forced myself through 50 pages and this is what I got for my time:

Character A: Kadyn's Crow. Personality: none. Who is Kadyn: unknown. What is a Crow: unknown. Occupation: generic fighter.

Character B: Resolute. Personality: resolute (note the clever name). Race: Vorquelf. How is a Vorquelf different than an Elf: unknown. Occupation: generic fighter.

Character C: Will. Personality: self-centered. Occupa
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the set of main characters he has set in this story. If you have read The Dark Glory War, which is the prequel to this trilogy, you already know Crow and Resolute. They have not changed much and there is not much development of them through the story. Will, the first character you meet, is propelled into adventure unwittingly and constantly fights against his destiny. His character is well written and begins to grow somewhat in this book. Alexia is a very strong character throughout and b ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stackpole has a great series on his hands here. His fantasy elements are not your typical cookie cutter fantasy style characters you see. His characters are fun to read in that you get to see their flaws as well as their strengths. It is refreshing reading a series where technology is also involved in it and that the whole world is not based on magic, although magic does come to play also. If you are looking for something to read that is not your run of the mill fantasy series you don't have any ...more
I gave this book 150 pages (out of its 700-something) to convince me to keep reading it. It did not succeed. It spends absolutely no time world-building; you're just thrown straight into the deep end lore-wise without a life line and advised to not drown. Names and races get thrown at you with zero context to back them up, which is more frustrating than immersive.

Part of the problem I think is there's a prequel novel I wasn't aware of before I started and didn't read. Maybe that would've helped
Aug 01, 2012 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply loved it. The world is rich and well realized, the characters wonderfully done. My favorite is Resolute. But the one thing I love about Stockpole is his battle scenes. If only I could write a battle scene like he does.
Shari  Mulluane
Nov 01, 2008 Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Actually, 'Fortress Draconis' is the second book of 'The DragonCrown War' Cycle, but since it takes place 25 years after the events of The Dark Glory War and gives quite a lot of explanations about events of previous book, so one can begin the series with this book. However, I suppose that reading 'The Dark Glory War' would give better insight into the culture and history of the world.

I loved all aspects of this book. Out of all characters, princess Alexia was the only one that doesn't appeal to
Jun 18, 2013 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
My opinion on this book is divided. The first half of the story is fast paced and full of character growth and engaging scenarios. The second half drops the ball almost immediately; it almost seems like a second writer took over.

The better half of the book has the protagonist and his surly friends leaving a large city for the forest and mountains where they frequently run into dangerous people or creatures, all while revealing major plot points. It's easy to read, engaging, and a good example of
Rather surprising twist, but bearable.

Stackpole stopped writing Battletech books due to his complaint that the publisher enforced a word count and that was unacceptable to him. Now I know why the publisher enforced a word count, Stackpole can string a lot of words together and call it a book, but unless your really are dedicated you'll never finish the series due to boredom! Seriously!
Feb 28, 2010 Kahlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le premier bon point de ce roman, c'est que l'auteur ne s'étend pas en descriptions interminables pour poser le contexte. On entre immédiatement dans l'histoire, dès le premier chapitre. Et ça continue tout au long du livre. On découvre petit à petit l'univers de Stackpole, sans que le récit en soit alourdi. Le rythme est rapide, et même si certains éléments font partie de ce qu'on pourrait appeler les clichés de la fantasy, Forteresse Draconis est plutôt bon dans son genre. Des batailles, de la ...more
Mark Lacy
Feb 04, 2014 Mark Lacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable. Of course, I knew all along who Crow was, his real identity, as would most readers who had read the prequel. Some of the battle scenes got a bit tedious, went on too long. And it seems like there was just a little too much travel and wandering back and forth.
Feb 21, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Hey, Michael A. Stackpole! I read those Star Wars books by him and I liked him. Original work? Sure, I'll buy it."

This was not a good decision.

The problem with this series is when I read it. If I read it three years prior, then I could have tagged it as "I was young and dumb, okay" and that would be that. The thing is that when I ended up reading it, I had already started having evolving taste in fantasy books, beyond the likes of Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms and such. This series was of a qua
Anne Marie
Aug 07, 2015 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have such a mixed opinion of this book. The characters were simply excellent - I absolutely loved Will, Kerrigan, Crow, Resolute, and Adrogan. These characters were entirely three dimensional and I felt as though I lived the story with them. (I also liked Alexia, although I felt she was not as well developed as the others.) On the other hand, I found the first 25% and last 25% of the book to be entirely engaging and exciting - but the middle really dragged with endless descriptions of tactics. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picks up with the next generation, and that large shift in time is a bit hard to deal with. However, the story is great but again more harsh than the authors other works
Apr 29, 2014 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spent a lot of time clock-watching.

The writing wasn't bad, but I just could not get into this book. Characters felt very wooden and the plot wasn't anything memorable.
Sep 20, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and the 2nd & 3rd in the series was apparently marketed as a trilogy. There is a prequel, "The Dark Glory War", which I had tried to read, but found it ponderous and slow. I'm going to have to give it another try, now that I've read this book and enjoyed it so much. It's kind of a military/political fantasy, with magic, of course. The plot is fairly standard - young boy, unaware of his destiny, is sought by others who know that the boy is the key to saving the world. That doesn't m ...more
William Mccauley
This was one of those books that I really looked forward to when it was first published after having thoroughly enjoyed Dark Glory War, the prequel to this, and was somewhat deflated by the slow pace and the general unlikable character of boy thief/prophesied savior Will Norrington. Stackpole can do culture, history, and world building like few authors but quite a few of his characters aside from Crow, Resolute, and Alexia are fairly generic. I had to make two or three attempts to finish this se ...more
Anthony Sako
Apr 03, 2016 Anthony Sako rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This book had its ups and downs. On the one hand, parts of the world are rich and detailed, fantastically so. Original fantasy. Other parts were horribly thought out and entirely predictable or unrealistic. Luckily, the former outweighs the later. I'd give this a 3.5. It would be a 4 save for a character I shan't name who, after appearing halfway into the book, is apparently always with the party but never mentioned outside of battles. I forget he exists even though he's part of the main group.
I started this not realizing it was part of a series, but I can now see why. There's too much to fit in one book. It's a really involved & detailed story of a nation struggling under the impending invasion of a 'Big Bad' that apparently has been building for the better part of 50 years. I'm almost finished with it & it's just introducing the 'Big Bad' that's been discussed throughout the entire book! It's a good read, but it is pretty heavy on detailing battle strategy & history of t ...more
Atul Singh
Mar 16, 2016 Atul Singh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome series! The final 3 books of this series are among my favorite in the genre.
Denae Christine
Mar 29, 2009 Denae Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, dragons
Though the next two in the series aren't as good (I've made my point elsewhere about my views on sexual immorality and killing off of main characters), this first one is pretty neat. A complicated world and fully realized cultures and histories. The characters are complex and the main plot, though used (bad person trying to take over world), is portrayed in a new way (girl bady guy) and with new motives and creatures.
The prophecy almost creates more confusion than help, and it's fulfilled in an
Geoff Copper
A little too slow-paced for a higher rank, and there doesn't seem to be any real urgency behind the whole 'Chytrine-is-coming-let's-go-save-the-world' quest.

Well written characters are the highlight; Stackpole also knows how to write a battle sequence. Middle of the road effort, hope the follow-ups are a little more engaging.
Apr 20, 2014 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great world building
Sep 18, 2011 Kateri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than the first one. It definitely felt like there was more action and the story was going somewhere. I also started to feel more of a connection with the characters, and I especially like Resolute and Alyx. I still feel overwhelmed by the way the battle scenes are done. There are pages and pages of battle strategy, and then more and more pages describing the battle itself. That gets a little tiresome. Still, there was enough of a cliffhanger ending that I want to read th ...more
Connie Easlick
Aug 21, 2009 Connie Easlick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragons
I really liked this beginning to a series of books. I am glad started reading it.
It is about a boy and who he meets while he is having an epic adventure and all he learns on his way to his destiny to end a war.
It has dragons and princesses and elves. I love all the creatures, hate the bad guys and am always rooting for the underdog/good guy to win!
Il y a bien trop longtemps que les trop nombreuses sagas de fantasy publiées en bypassant la qualité du récit et/ou de la traduction francophone ne m'a donné envie de finir le premier tome ou de passer au suivant. Voilà donc une bonne suprise puisque j'ouvre le tome 2 avec impatience.
Having read the prequel..The Dark Glory War I was interested enough to continue. The characters satisfy me as does the main storyline but I will admit to racing through the fighting bits and weapon descriptions. ( accounts for the 3 stars ) I will continue with this series.
Nov 05, 2008 Mgweir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and interesting start to a fantasy trilogy. More of a plot driven novel than a character story. Definitely has Stackpole's typical military/battle influence. The characters you see all develop further in the rest of the series, but this trilogy is more about the story.
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