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Goddess of the Ice Realm, the fifth book in David Drake's Lord of the Isles series (Lord of the Isles, Queen of Demons, Servant of the Dragon, and Mistress of the Catacombs), continues the adventures of two brother-and-sister teams, Garric and Sharina and Cashel and Ilna, as they try to reunite the island kingdoms -- which have long been troubled by rebellion and dark wizardry -- for the first time in generations.
The novel begins with Prince Garris and his group traveling to the historic island city of Carcosa, which used to be the capital of the Old Kingdom millennia ago, to restore order. While Garris and his wife-to-be, Liane, try to stabilize the government and various religious factions, Cashel and Sharina are mysteriously transported to strange realms where they must survive long enough to figure out a way back to Carcosa. Ilna and her beloved Chalcus, meanwhile, must try to defeat a strange winged plague threatening trading ships in the north.
As in all Drake's Isles novels thus far, the dozens of plots and subplots in Goddess of the Ice Realm are subtly interwoven into a delightfully thick tapestry of adventure, intrigue, romance, and magic. A comment from Ilna aptly describes the novel -- and the series: "If I could pull one thread long enough, I'd unravel the whole cosmos." Drake's Isles saga is first-class epic fantasy comparable to Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia novels and Harry Turtledove's Darkness sequence. Goddess of the Ice Realm is Drake at his very best. Paul Goat Allen