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Lord of the Isles: Lord of the Isles, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged

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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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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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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 creativity and individuality is breathtaking and which is certainly one of the finest epic fantasies of the decade ~ to date. I was utterly enchanted by the extensive world-building, the engrossing saga and magnitude of this creation which I envisage as a very detailed, lengthy story.

Unlike most modern fantasy, David Drake's Lord of the Isles contains such thrilling action and exquisite multi-layered texture it is truly wonderful. If you are looking for something with memorable, well-rounded characters that propel the story forwards and who are likeable then look no further ~ Lord of the Isles has it all! From treacherous Queens to faithful and faithless courtiers, peasants and shepherds who are more than they seem, wizardry and magic alongside your heroes and heroines. This powerfully evocative tale beautifully blends vivid characterization with spectacular imagery and intensely gripping action, as to have you glued to the pages entranced...

The epic adventure begins in book one, which is filled with magic and passion set within an extraordinarily rich world where the elemental forces begin to stir. Survivors of such an event include Tenoctris; a sorceress swept out of the past as her civilization sank beneath the sea, and the ghost of a great ruler King Carus of the Isles, together with a magician (the hooded one) who was the sole reason for this catastrophe.
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Extruded Fantasy Product. Worth reading? Well, the story progresses in small chunks, like it was written for serialisation in some pulp magazine. That makes it suitable for mindlessly filling a few minutes a day on a bus. So yes, worth reading. Not worth paying full price for though.
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By A Customer on 17 Sept. 1998
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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