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Mistress of the Catacombs: The fourth book in the epic saga of 'Lord of the Isles' (Lord of the Isles #4)

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For the first time in a thousand years, the Kingdom of the Isles has a government and a real ruler: Prince Garric of Haft. The enemies joining against him intend to destroy not only the kingdom but humankind as well.

The rebels gathering in the West outnumber the royal army and the magic they wield can strike into the heart of the palace itself, but far greater dangers lie
ebook, 464 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2001)
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Like the previous books in the series, the story begins with Garric, Liane, Sharina, Cashel, Ilna and Tenoctris all together, comtemplating their next moves to unite the Isles. But they are soon whirled apart. Garric is tricked by a wizard and wakes up in the body of a young idiot man, many years in the future, where he is part of a outlaw band searching for a mysterious ring. When Chashel tries to follow him, he is sent to another place, where he rescues a young girl from an angry sea monster. ...more
I have been reading a book series by David Drake collectively called Lord of the Isles (the title of the first book). I have read Queen of Demons and Servant of the Dragon in the series.

Currently I am on book four, Mistress of the Catacombs. It is a fantasy series taking place in the fictional defunct kingdom of the isles. A kingdom once under one rule before wizardry destroyed the last king’s forces and sunk several of the island nations reducing the kingdom to a series of petty kingdoms.

The se
Dee W.
The mold of heroes set to the wind only to end up together is being worn thin. Still he is a master at this; his imagination never falters in the situations he places all the characters in.

I'd like to point out, once again, how sick I am of the 'weaver' theme in fantasy novels. It was cute the first time I encountered it in Exiles: Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn. Now that I know it's a genre staple it gets on my nerves.

I can honestly say I am going to miss some of these characters. None of the
Fun enough, but felt like more of the same - the characters stuck to their well-worn paths and acted as we'd expect them to.
Andy Butturini
Wow the fourth book in the series and I loved it. Wasn't too sure about starting them because they are about the biggest books I have read so far but I was not disappointed. Have since learned that there is at least 2 more books in the series so I must have them
I love these characters. There is so much depth and uniqueness in each of the characters the story follows. I feel like I know them, yet they constantly surprise me. And the magic, as always in Drake's books, is brutal, yet essential. Another good time-hopping, rage-inducing, action-packed stage of this series. Can't hardly wait to pick up the next one.
Jacob Aitken
Pretty good. His take on Babylonian religion actually lines up with what some say about torsion physics. We also see why God urged his people to deal with Babylonian-Middle Eastern paganism in so violent a manner. It wasn't a pleasant religion.

The only problem is that Drake started creating way too many worm holes.
Benjamin Plume
At this point it became abundantly clear that these books would follow the same formula over and over. They get broken up into roughly the same groups, fight a bunch of seemingly unrelated stuff that ends up all connected to the same source.
JG (The Introverted Reader)
I wish I could remember what drove me crazy about these books and made me finally stop reading them. I know I ended up pretty much hating the main guy, but I can't remember why.
I'm back to this series, again. I've been lucky enough to find each of these books, cheaply. I'm happy to be among these ever-familiar characters again :)
this book follows the roadmap that each of the others has... it has an ending that is somewhat surprising but can be guessed if you pay enough attention...
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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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