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The Gods Return (Lord of the Isles #9)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  203 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Gods Return is the end of the Crown of the Isles trilogy and the final chapter in the Lord of the Isles. The Fortress of Glass began the tale of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally created by the heroes and heroines who have been central to the tale: Prince Garric, heir to the throne of the Isles, his consort Liane, his sister Sharina, her herculean sweetheart ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Tor Books
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Jan 13, 2009 Nathan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only those who've read most of the series
I didn't like it.

It didn't build significantly on any of the previous two books in the Crown of the Isles sub-trilogy of the Lord of the Isle series.

Unlike the previous couple of books, there's no change or modification of characters or their relationships.

And like all of the other books before it, it's got a formula of sending the characters off in different directions to face different foes and "Save the Isles".

But this time it was disjointed. There was no unity of purpose or common threat th
3 stars. This book went exactly the way I thought it would, which in my mind doesn't make the greatest story but it was enjoyable while it lasted. The series as a whole is a bit forgettable, and I'll probably not remember a whole lot about it in a few years. Mostly because it was so dang long, and the storyline never really varied. I want a book to stun me, to surprise me, to twist me up and make me think, "I never saw that coming." Give me something memorable to work with, otherwise, it's the s ...more
A peculiarly unsatisfying ending to the "Lord of the Isles" series. Things ended more or less as they should, but it just felt like a great opportunity was missed... instead of ending with a bang, as it did, the series had a chance end with an echoing boom.

I wonder if Drake's (explicitly-stated) choice to make each book in the series be able to stand on its own might not have something to do with this. The weakness of this approach is that each situation and set of antagonists need to be resolve
Dec 16, 2012 Len rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one who liked the previous 8
Recommended to Len by: no one
Warning... though I do not reveal any actual details of events in this book I do express my reaction those events. If you wish to judged how good the book is with no bias... then stop reading now... Even though this final book of Garric & friends story was not as good as the previous ones; there were still enough good to excellent moments in the first 2/3 of The Gods Return that I was not unhappy about reading it. However.... that was before the impossible to follow, pointless storylines for ...more
First off, I get rather angry with book publishers who thinks an alphabetized listing of books published by author by that particular publisher interests me one iota. What I would rather like when a book is subtitled that "Climax to the Lord of the Isles" series that one should have read The Fortress of Glass and The Mirror of the Worlds prior to reading this book. It wouldn't cost that much to add an extra page to a book listing all the books in the series, in the order they should be read. I g ...more
Benjamin Plume
This wasn't bad. It's hard to evaluate it fairly right now, since I also finished a much MUCH better fantasy series this month. The biggest flaw with the Lord of the Isles as a series was that it lacked subtlety and was thus quite predictable, except for the things which were just unceremoniously dumped on readers.

It had strong lead characters, though, and truly inventive antagonists, from evil or sort-of-evil wizards to strange and menacing creatures. I enjoyed it as a whole but would not recom
This is actually a 3.5. I can't rate it a 4 star although it is a pretty interesting tale. The Crown Isles have gone through a change during which The Isles have become a solid land mass. This book tells the story of how the 4 heroes subdue and eject the old Gods which have returned and are wrecking havoc.It's a little more convoluted and disjointed than some of the prior books in the series.
This was a good conclusion to the series. The plot itself was pretty standard for the series in splitting up the four main characters and bringing them all back in the end. Nothing felt that special to make it a conclusion, but he somehow managed it with the interesting twist of an ending. It was a pretty fun series over all and the ending was definitely satisfying.
A nice, if predictable, ending to the series. The world and myths in it are interesting. Worth a read.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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