Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles #1)
I was so excited when I discovered magnificent writer David Drake, who appeared within the fantasy genre with a refreshingly new fantasy epic as to rival many top writers. Similarly to stand-out authors like Robert Jordan, who is a master of heroic fantasy, or Terry Goodkind whose phenomenal imagination and power is simply mind-blowing Drake stands equally alongside them. This inspired work of creativi ...more
Similar to The Wheel of Time, the story quickly splits the main characters and follows them separately through their various adventures. Unlike the Wheel of Time, Drake keeps it relatively easy to keep track of who is doing what and weaves the various subplots back together at the end of the book for an impressive conclusion.
Granted, Drake's thesis is rather cliche: farm boy with a mysterious past goes on a journey and finds out he is secretly the king. Meanwhile, the world is about to suffer cataclysm or some evil wizard, etc. I suppose that's inevitable. One simply can't get around that.
The plot spools along at a good clip, with interesting characters and locations. Drake puts his characters ...more
Still, I'll read the next book in the series!
Won't be continuing with this series.
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 ...more
I say that to point out that even though it took me a few months to read, it was still a good book.
Why? Let's break it down like I normally do.
Setting: Some island area in a medieval setting. We get to see a few different islands and people from lots of different places on the islands. The prologue starts out a thousand years prior to the events of the main book. It took me awhile to figure out how and ...more
~ Garric sauve une vieille femme de la noyade. Tenoctris est magicienne et dit venir du passé, il y a mille ans exactement. Cette rencontre va changer sa vie, mais aussi celle de sa soeur Sharina, et de ses amis Cashel et Ilna. Tenoctris les prévient d'une menace qui refait surface, et Garric a de plus en plus de visions du roi Carus mort il y a mille ans.
~ Le destin de ces quatre personnages semble aller dans la même direction, cependant ils se retrouvent ...more
I may continue the series when I'm looking for more light fantasy.
David Drake made his name in genre fiction with the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction about tough future mercenaries, launched in 1979. A versatile writer, he's also published well-received fantasies. Lord of the Isles opens a massive new saga of clashing swords and spells in an archipelago world. One thousand years beforehand, potent sorcery won a war only for it to backlash and sink the winning island. Now, with magic reaching another millennial peak of po
One thing that struck me was my unexpected reaction to Drake's secondary characters: Tenoctris the wizard (although some might argue that she's a main and I'll concede the point), Nonnus the hermit and Mellie the sprite. I really liked them. That's not to say that that I didn't like the mains, but for some rea ...more
It's true that it's slightly cliched, in its theme of good versus evil and u ...more
I also found it a bit confusing to read ...more
|What's The Name o...: Fantasy Series: Islands, Magic growing, Main Char has amulet with dead king's soul [s]||4||36||Dec 14, 2013 11:57AM|