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Servant of the Dragon (Lord of the Isles) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Drake
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30 April 2004 Lord of the Isles (Book 3)
Return again to the world of the Isles in Servant of the Dragon, a world with hundred of warring kingdoms without a single overlord for many centuries. Now the sources of magic are reaching a thousand-year peak, and the present generation of sorcerers is the most powerful in the millennium. Follow the small band of heroes and heroines as they journey across these landscapes, these seas, to find their loves, their destinies and --for one--a crown.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (30 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812564944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812564945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unlike most modern fantasy, "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"The world building and characterization here are among Drake's best, and the magic is well thought out. Drake clearly has embarked on a fantasy saga as big as Eddings', Jordan's, and Goodkind's and as eminently worth reading." --"Booklist"

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David Drake (born 1945) sold his first story (a fantasy) at age 20. His undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa were history (with honors) and Latin (BA, 1967). He uses his training in both subjects extensively in his fiction.David entered Duke Law School in 1967 and graduated five years later (JD, 1972). The delay was caused by his being drafted into the US Army. He served in 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He has used his legal and particularly his military experiences extensively in his fiction also.David practiced law for eight years; drove a city bus for one year; and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. He reads and travels extensively.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong showing in this excellent series 9 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I gave the other two showing in this series 5 stars, and this one would have received 5 also except for some small points. In certain chapters especially the first few, the story thread seemed to be disjointed in parts. But these were few and far between. The storylines regarding Sharing, Cashel, and Ilna were all extremely well done, letting us see deeper into their characters as a whole (especially liked Cashel's part). Garric was busy being King, so his was a tad weaker than usual, but the others easily made up for it. All in all, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Servant of the Dragon 24 Aug 2013
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Servant of the Dragon - I enjoyed the story very much and I thought it was very well written. ... ... ....
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Can He Talk With His Tongue That Far In His Cheek? 11 Aug 2000
By Michael Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When i first read "Lord of the Isles", first book in this series, i was convinced that Drake had decided to see if he could out-Jordan Robert Jordan.
And there are some similarities.
But Drake has a more mordant approach and wit than Jordan, and isn't afraid to have a little fun with the conventions of the quest-fantasy genre... and he does.
As before, he takes his core group of adventurers -- Garric, Cashel, Ilna, Sharina, Tenoctris and company -- and sends them by ones and twos on separate quests of hair-raising difficulty and (in many cases) grusomeness. But all of them (even the grim and apparently humorless Ilna) find occasional causes for humor, gallows-style or otherwise, and for moments of beauty and happiness among the violence and dangers.
Of the bunch, i'd say that Ilna -- who's had the hardest life of the adventurers so far -- ends up the best off in terms of Good Stuff accumulated in her quest.
The various quests -- Cashel's to find the sorcerously-abducted Sharina, Ilna's to find a way home after being marooned with companions, Garric and Tenoctris's to lay to rest a magical menace to the Kingdom if the Isles -- all SEEM unrelated, and have a habit of suddenly turning into something other than we thought they were, but looks can be deceiving in this sort of fiction, and the grand finale when Everything (almost) Is Revealed is quite satisfactory.
I want to make it clear that following is a High Compliment from me, reading this story was in many ways like playing one of the best-constructed of the old text-only computer games; everything dovetails nicely, and an apparently-unimportant action taken or not taken on one quest may have a huge effect on all of the other players' efforts, and one important clue missed anywhere could mean ultimate and horrible failure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best one in series 19 Mar 2002
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was reading these series because I thought the only interesting character is Ilna the Weaver, and I was curious about what happened to her. I was very surprised when I read this book and found it to be by far the best one in the series. The plot was much better than the first two books. Prince Garric and Tenoctris are trying to close the bridge that opens Valles to the cosmos, letting in dangerous creatures. Same old same old there, nothing new and exciting. Sharina is taken through the bridge by a creature that serves the Dragon, turning Sharina herself into a servant of the dragon. However, the Dragon is not evil, he needs her help to recover his mummy that is being used to destroy the world. He sends Sharina through many worlds with her new friend, the birdman Dalar. Cashel goes in search of Sharina and ends up in the Underworld after killing the wizard he was supposed to ask for help. He is accompanied by the wizard's ring, which has a demon trapped in it. The demon Krias is a refreshing addition to the stories with his witty sense of humor. He reminds me strongly of the faerie Mellie that Cashel befriended in Lord of the Isles. Lastly, my favourite character Ilna has her best adventures yet, which make the book a good and interesting read. She is taking the child Merota, niece of Lord Tadia, with her on a ship to Erdin. On the way they are shipwrecked on Yole, risen from the sea again with an army of dead things. Ilna meets the best character Drake has yet introduced into the story yet, the sailor/pirate Chalcus. He actually loves Ilna, and he let's us see her softer side. His witty humour and dialogue add a lot to the story. I found myself breathlessly waiting to find out what would happen to him and Ilna next. It seems that Drake has finally figured out how to write romance. He did a very poor job with Mellie and Halphemos. I was sad about Halphemos' death, but Chalcus is much better than he ever was.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book 21 Feb 2000
By Donna McHugh - Published on Amazon.com
I read the first book in the series and gave it a marginal thumbs up. I listened to the second book and enjoyed it. I listened to the Servant of the Dragon and was transported into the land of the Isles. The story lacks some action and the ending really is nothing more than Drake tying up all his plot strings at once (too quickly and at odds with the pace of the rest of the novel). Given Drakes writing style it might be fair to say that Servant of the Dragon is little more than small vignettes strung together, but that would sound more critical than I intend. I found myself transported beyond the traffic and the grind of the commute as I listed to the book and I was terribly disappointed when it was over. I also have to add that the development of Ilna and her relationship with Chalkas was excellently done.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still good but failing fast 30 Jan 2001
By Micah L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually love David Drake. His writing is great, his tactics fun and imaginative. This book is no different. However, he has written over 2000 pages in this series, and he needs a new direction (not a new world - characters bounce between them about every 15 minutes - which gets kind of annoying). The characters started out interesting, but they have yet to change or really DO anything. Ilna is whiny, Cashel sort of hits everything, etc. My biggest problem is the romance. Romance in fantasy is fine. Lack of romance in fantasy is fine. However, Drake made it (to me at least) very clear that certain people liked certain other people by the end of the first 100 pages in Lord of the Isles. And, despite those people switching worlds about as often as we turn the pages and even going to Hell for each other, nothing has happened. Given the sheer number of pages involved in all this, I have to give Drake the all-time Character Interaction Rut award. The series can be salvaged, but if he doesn't change people's behavior and relationships in the next one, I'm back to rereading my Belisarius books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong showing in this excellent series 9 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I gave the other two showing in this series 5 stars, and this one would have received 5 also except for some small points. In certain chapters especially the first few, the story thread seemed to be disjointed in parts. But these were few and far between. The storylines regarding Sharing, Cashel, and Ilna were all extremely well done, letting us see deeper into their characters as a whole (especially liked Cashel's part). Garric was busy being King, so his was a tad weaker than usual, but the others easily made up for it. All in all, highly recommended.
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