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Lord of the Isles [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

David Drake , Michael Page
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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5 Feb 2013 Lord of the Isles (Book 1)
The fourth book in David Drake's epic fantasy series.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (5 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469285398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469285399
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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David Drake made his name in genre fiction with the "Hammer's Slammers" series of military SF 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. 1,000 years beforehand, potent sorcery won a war only for its backlash to sink the winning island. Now, with magic reaching another millennial peak of power, the world is endangered. Among the players are a king's ghost and two magicians who were present at the ancient disaster (one of them caused it), plus modern wizards, warriors and unknowing descendants of royalty. Drake skilfully juggles multiple storylines as his engaging characters meet a wild variety of danger: rising and vanishing lands, the reanimated dead (not only human dead), out-of-control sorcery, demons, riots, traps and other planes of reality including hell itself. The magic comes in several fascinating and often unpleasant flavours. Even likeable characters may die. This story reads well and halts at a satisfying moment of victory rather than a nail-biting cliffhanger. It doesn't quite achieve epic scale--clearly Drake is keeping major trump cards in reserve for the coming sequels. A promising start. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"One of the finest epic fantasies of the decade." --Piers Anthony
"Unlike most modern fantasy, David Drake's "Lord of the Isles "is an epic with the texture of the legends of yore, with rousing action and characters to cheer for." --Terry Goodkind
"True brilliance is as rare as a perfect diamond or a supernova. "Lord of the Isles" is truly brilliant. We are in at the birth of a classic....There is a lot of fantasy out there, but there is only one "Lord of the Isles."" --Morgan Llywelyn
"David Drake's work here is original, engrossing, and instantly credible. After all the hackneyed, repetitive fantasy I've read recently, "Lord of the Isles "seems quite wonderful." --Stephen R. Donaldson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fantasy with lots of action 28 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading some other reviewers' comments, I had to stop and think about their criticisms of the book. While I agree with their comments concerning character development, I found this book to be one of the more enjoyable fantasies I've read in a good while, and I've read quite a few including Jordan's Wheel of Time, Edding's Belgariad/Mallorean, Feist's Magician: series, Goodkind's Sword of Truth, Hambly's Darwath Trilogy, Reichert's Last of the Renshai and J V Jone's Book of Words series, all of which I recommend. Lord of the Isles is a quick read with relatively short chapters, each with a nice little punch at the end. When the characters split up and have separate adventures, the chapters rotate to follow each story simultaneously. I had no trouble following the story or keeping track of who's who. The chapters are often left as cliffhangers, but all the plots are excellent and the shorter chapters don't leave you hanging a long time to find out "what happened to..?". There is very little fat or excess commentary in this book. The magic is pretty mundane in theory and practice, but the narration of effects usually make up for it. If you are looking for a deep, thought provoking book you might want to skip this one, but if you are looking for a page turner with some neat variations to the usual encounters in fantasy, I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I was originally drawn to this book by the many commendations from SF authors I enjoy. The cover art should be enough to put off most folk (unless interested in S&M fetish). The style is slightly off-putting. Not in a poor way, but in putting you off your guard for what is coming. Really quite refreshing. The characters are realistic, the language used, engaging. The only part of his style I was not taken with was his perception of magic - there was simply too much of it. I do recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Stephen Donaldson.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was I reading the same book? 17 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book by David Drake I've ever read, and, unfortunately, it will probably be the last. Equally as unfortunate is that I can now no longer trust the judgments of the prominent authors (Piers Anthony, Stephen R. Donaldson, and Terry Goodkind) who gave the glowing reviews that appear in the book and on the cover. As I now re-read their words, I have to wonder we were reading the same story. "Lord of the Isles" can't even come close to the simple poetry of Anthony, the supple plotting of Donaldson, or the heart-pounding action of Goodkind. The book I read had almost no background, no semblence of plot, no cohesive elements of time, and almost no explanation of who the characters were, what they were doing, or why they were doing it. Sometimes the character's conversations with each other didn't make any sense. Sure, there are two or three decent action sequences, but the rest of the plot suffers from the obvious (and silly) contrivances of an author scrambling to get all of his characters to "coincidentally" reuinte. I kept wanting to put the book down and never look back, but I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. By the time I got to the end, I was skipping 5, 8, 10 pages at time, and subsequently realized that I should have saved myself the time. I don't know what book those other authors were recommending, but it couldn't have been "Lord of the Isles."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Bile 22 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book had a decent plot but I just could not get into it. I did not sense any threat to the HOODED ONE nor any threat to the characters except for the random creatures that attack them out of nowhere. This is a problem for me since I thought the main thrust of the book was the battle against... the HOODED ONE and I just could not take him seriously. The main thing I did not like was the characters. For some reason they came about as really snotty, and obnoxious even the never-made-any-mistakes-always-saves-the-day Nonas. I really spent a majority of the book hoping for them to encounter something that they might find even remotely challenging but again there is no sense of threat, they beat the odds all the time with little or no difficulty (except when Nonas was there to spring them). They all seemed a little too holier than thou to me, always saying how discusting this guy is or that guy is. I really wanted all the characters to die and die horribly. there were a few interesting points in the story though they were far and few between. The wizard chants were interesting. I planned to memorize them and chant them to annoy people but I returned the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly well-drawn world 16 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With some shining exceptions, most fantasy books that I have read place cardboard characters against a canvas background: the only living parts of such books are the fast-placed plots. This book is different. The author has woven a world with hints of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world, one that is very believable beyond the stage on which the characters act. It is refreshing to read a book in a world that might actually exist.
In addition, the younger characters actually seem to ask advice from the more experienced characters -- any brash young character who ignores advice, usually does so at his or her own peril. Who would have thought that such a common sense approach has a place in a fantasy world? For me, it works.
Well-crafted world; common-sense characters . . . it's a refreshing change from the sword, brawn, and numbskull routine. The plot is, however a little slow and unfocused: like the dancing fragments of a stained-glass window which never quite fall into place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Isles
Lord of the Isles - I enjoyed the story very much and I thought it was very well written. ..
Published 11 months ago by R. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting modern fantasy that is highly original and filled with...
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lucinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Extruded fantasy product
Extruded Fantasy Product. Worth reading? Well, the story progresses in small chunks, like it was written for serialisation in some pulp magazine. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2008 by D. R. Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book...
I enjoyed this book very much. At first, I wondered if I'd like it, but after a bit, I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2004 by April Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Below average and slow....
I started reading SF/Fantasy by reading the Dragonlance series and I find I'm most disappointed with this effort. I found the characters to be flacid and un-emotional. Read more
Published on 25 May 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Epic . . . but entertaining
It could be epic, though it needs a little work. There aren't too many books out there, though, that are as engaging and entertaining as King of the Isles. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
If you love and crave great fantasy novels, you gotta buy this book. I guarantee you that once you finished reading this book you will crave for the coming series! Read more
Published on 2 Sep 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment, could use more depth...
I truly enjoyed this detailed fantasy series. Drake has painstakingly created a world; however, this world has no innate originality - I won't remember the map and the peoples... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, easy reading.
I liked this book well enough but I borrowed it from the library. From, the start, it threatened to be another long series and I didn't want to get hooked and wind up spending... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters and a exciting story line
I have enjoyed this entire series. Its a new fresh look and the fantasy world. Instead of using old ideas he's created his own fantastic realm.
Published on 13 July 1999
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