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Fortress of Dragons

(Fortress #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The walls between the worlds are down. A new unfolding has begun...

It started long ago, as a war between the shadowy Immortals that persists today, as the wizard Mauryl's Shaping confronts the Shadows summoned from Chaos. Tristen is that Shaping. Both more and less than human, he successfully fought sorcery's evil tides, a victory that brought his friend Cefwyn both a king
Paperback, 576 pages
Published March 6th 2001 by Harper Voyager (first published 2000)
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May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This concludes the "Fortress" trilogy ( Fortress of Eagles , Fortress of Owls and Fortress of Dragons), which is itself a sequel to Fortress in the Eye of Time . This book dragged, the ending was confusing and unconvincing, and it more or less ruined the entire trilogy for me. Grr.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Second read Aug 26, 2008
Apr 15, 2012 added it
My kindle version has, still has (imagine that), it needs re-edited. The story is still great. I think I'm in love with Tristen.
Evan Peterson
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy, magic
Second half of the third book in the series.
#1 Fortress in the Eye of Time - loved by some for its rich and slow introduction into the country of Ylesuin through the eyes of the innocent and newly created Tristen. ( maligned by others for a slow confusing start of 200 pages) ..but a great coming of age story with mystery and magic.
#2 Fortress of Eagles - a little too much of a repeat of the formula presented in FiEoT. Tristen goes back inexplicably to not know what is going on for 200 pages and
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I finished this book, so pardon the abbreviated review.

Fortress of Dragons is solid 80's fantasy, as I've started to think of it. I don't know the publication date off the top of my head, but it matches the style of so many fantasy novels of that decade - long and dense in descriptions of things and character thoughts/motivations.

And that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it also has the nebulous, not-quite-sure-what-it-is big bad that is defeated in a nebulous not-quite
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall this whole series was good, but not great. Way too slow in tempo. It should have been shortened to only 2 books. This last book was not very good and you really need the last book to be great otherwise it drags down the whole thing. The final confrontation between the king and the traitors was very disappointing and over in 2 seconds.
Honza Prchal
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A better than typical conclusion for the author, with the usual ambiguity, world-building, and excellent characterization.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, library
This is the fourth book in the Fortress series and really feels like it completes the story for Tristen and Cefwyn. The book follows the campaign to take back the land of Elwynor from the military and wizardous forces that have taken it over.

The last book had lost some of the pacing and momentum of the previous two, but this book picks back up and moves you quickly through events that had a painterly feel to them. Tristen has come into his own as a magic wielder and Emuin's guidance is much mor
Rena McGee
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Fortress of Dragons ends the story arc that began in Fortress in the Eye of Time. In this book, Tristen makes many discoveries about himself, Cefwyn continues to battle treachery among his nobles and Ninévrisë has to deal with her husband’s wild oats. Mixed into the action and political intrigue is Cherryh’s usual arcs of character growth, interactions, and relationships.

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Keith Vai
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book in a few days right after reading the previous book.

While i enjoyed it, it was not great. Like some other authors, this book seems to make things up as it goes along instead of presenting a single tale across several volumes.

The climax of this book explains some things about Tristen but it also introduces even more questions and worse, a new enemy. After two books of build up, the climax does not feel that climactic. It does resolve some questions but it doesnt really feel like
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I quite enjoyed this book, it was a good conclusion to the previous three, while leaving things open for the next book. The way magic works in this series has always been somewhat confusing, but I think they finally really nailed down what the difference between wizardry, sorcery and magic was. It was nice to see Tristen finally come into his full knowledge as well.
Hanlie Wessels
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series. The ending was rather confusing. Probably because I read it way too late at night.
I will probably read fortress of Ice later this summer, thereby finishing the series which I started reading over a decade ago. Finally :D
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, war
I thought this was the most enjoyable book of the series, gripping, plenty of action, great story. The magic/ grey space scenes were a little confusing in parts, and the showdown with the unnamed evil seemed rather inconclusive - though, as I see there is a 5th book, maybe this was deliberate?
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mark Lacy
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
After four books, I expected something more spectacular to the ending. But I still really enjoyed it.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Review to come.
John Love IV
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice conclusion to the story. But of course, there was that little bit at the end that left it open for more.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tough series compared to others by Cherryh....but I liked this one better than the first 3. Looking forward to see how the story ends...
Dez Amiday
This is an excellent series love the main character Tristin. each one makes you want to read more!
Jo Rhett
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cherryh at her best. Intense, gripping and detail-oriented.
I never want this series to end :(

This one was very intense; so much so that, when I got to the last page, I basically flipped it back and forth hoping more words would magically appear there.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Willow Croft
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, this is a good series to delve into!
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more

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“The world was so beautiful, and there was so much of it: he could gaze forever at the wonder of leaves and not see them all: could inhale the wind and not smell all its scents, hear the sounds of men and horses and not hear all the sounds of the woods, and taste the thousand flavors in stale water and still find it wonderful... because it was not the darkness.” 3 likes
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