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The Fortress of Glass (Lord of the Isles #7)

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The Fortress of Glass by David Drake is the first in the Crown of the Isles trilogy, which will conclude the epic Lord of the Isles series. A true trilogy, the action extends over the whole three-book arc. The Fortress of Glass begins the story of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally brought into being by the group of heroes and heroines who have been central to all ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published April 2006)
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Wizards battle for supremacy with no real regard for anyone but themselves. The book is okay, but the predicaments that face the cast of heroes gets too much at times.
David Drake is more widely known for his military science fiction. Influenced by the pulp writings of Robert E. Howard and later the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Drake always has had a fondness for fantasy. With his Lord of the Isles series of novels, he was able to realize his fantasy ambitions and provide a spectacular landscape with which to work his own particular brand of magic.

Now, with THE FORTRESS OF GLASS, Drake returns to the Isles. The first volume of what is known as the Crown of the Is
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Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When the regal Procession sails into harbor, two meteors send the royals into different worlds. One wakes the recently dead island ruler Cervoran, who declares "I am Cervoran. Only I can defeat the Green Woman". She lands in the sea, marches landward hordes of giant hellplants, and raises a huge glass castle that marches toward the island.

King Garric appears naked in a land of Coerli, cat-men who cage, raise, and eat raw humans, preferably plump females and babes. His sister becomes regent, Prin
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
When I first started this book I had high hopes for it because it's a series and I really like stories I can sink my teeth into - so having a bunch of books is fine for me.

I finished this book and I really still don't know what the hell it was about! The characters didn't develop very much, and although this was the first book of the series I got the feeling that I was missing something. Then I learned that there was a series before THIS series. Ok - so that's f'd up. If it's the same series, th
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Garric, as Lord of the Isles, brings the Royal Procession to First Atara, one of the more independant islands in the kingdom. But King Cervoran is dead and his young son, Protas, needs to be crowned, and Prince Garric is expected to do the honours. In the middle of meteor strikes, the funeral holds a couple of surprises - Cervoran returns to life and Garric disappears to a world where humans are prey and the catlike Coerli rule. Back on Atara, Cervoran demands help with his plans, forcing Cashel ...more
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A generally good start to the trilogy capping the "Lord of the Isles" series. The usual formula is followed here, insofar as the main characters get pulled apart by events, sometimes by their own choice, sometimes involuntarily, and have to accomplish something before reuniting at the book's climax. I hate to say it, as I'm actually enjoying the series, but that formula is getting a bit predictable. The ending of this one, though, is surprising and unsettling, setting up the second book in the t ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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Very unusual story, but it got way too complicated.
Okay, this is an unusual book, the way it's written. The story is good, variety of characters yes, and it had my interest...up until about 3/4 of the way in. It seemed to have a theme of adding more complexity with each passing the point where it got so complex (without serving a purpose), it started not to make sense anymore...or was no longer believable.
I prefer Robert Jordan, or Frank Herbert (Dune series), or Lord of the Rings se
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Not my favorite Fantasy series, but it has action and interesting worlds and creatures.

Re-read this one now that I have the concluding volume on my shelf. I reaffirmed my four-star rating. There's plenty of action, and the characters are likeable and remain true to their cores while still managing to develop nicely. However, the plots of these books are a tad weak and formulaic. I think on the whole I give the series about a 3.5 out of 5. Worth reading, but not great.
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
this is the first book in the new series stemming from the lord of the isles series. he follows the same roadmap and the ending kind of suprised me... the character ilna seems to be destined for unhappiness even though she is one of the more righteous
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Once again David Drake hits the right chords. Although his stories in this series all follow the same pattern, this one had some surprising moments. I really enjoyed it.
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Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Mr Drake uses "grinned" or "grinning" at least once on every page. Every. Single. Page.
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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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