The Gods Return: The Third Volume of the Crown of the Isles [NOOK Book]

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The Gods Return is the end of the Crown of the Isles trilogy and the final chapter in the Lord of the Isles. The Fortress of Glass began the tale of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally created by the heroes and heroines who have been central to the tale: Prince Garric, heir to the throne of the Isles, his consort Liane, his sister Sharina, her herculean sweetheart Cashel, and Cashel’s sister Ilna. The Mirror of Worlds followed them on an overland journey to the small kingdoms of the Isles to confirm ...

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Overview


The Gods Return is the end of the Crown of the Isles trilogy and the final chapter in the Lord of the Isles. The Fortress of Glass began the tale of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally created by the heroes and heroines who have been central to the tale: Prince Garric, heir to the throne of the Isles, his consort Liane, his sister Sharina, her herculean sweetheart Cashel, and Cashel’s sister Ilna. The Mirror of Worlds followed them on an overland journey to the small kingdoms of the Isles to confirm Garric’s succession and subdue, if necessary, any who refused to pledge fealty.

In The Gods Return, the Isles have been more or less unified under Garric’s rule, but the Change that created the continent, has removed the old Gods of the Isles from reality and released other Gods from other planes of existence. Now the servants of the forbidden Gods of Palomir call forth The Worm, an ancient thing that threatens to devour all life in the newly formed kingdom and make way for the reign of dark Gods, now awakened to ambitions of worship and dominion. Some are bad…and some are worse.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Charming Prince Garric, determined Princess Sharina and rejuvenated wizardess Tenoctris were hoping for a bit of rest after their last adventure (2007's The Mirror of Worlds), but circumstances conspire against them in this shallow conclusion to the Crown of the Isles trilogy. The conquered Empire of Palomir, unable to admit defeat, uses human sacrifice to produce an army of menacing Rat Men. Pirates wield the power of Franca the Sky God to bring forth a gigantic worm that feeds on entire towns, and former priests of the Lady of the Grove are entranced by a mysterious entity known only as the Scorpion King. Facing this triple threat with courage, ingenuity and a bit of fancy wizardry, Drake's heroes often glide too easily through their challenges. Though his characterization of women has greatly improved since the series began, most of the people appear bland compared with the challenges they face. (Nov.)

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VOYA - Rebecca Barnhouse
Seventeen-year-old Garric, a simple peasant boy, and his shepherd friend Cashel, leave their village on a journey into the wide world-which gets wider and wider by the day as they meet people of other races, nobles, wizards, fairies, and the occasional gory monster. Meanwhile, their sisters, Sharina and Ilna, seek their own destinies outside the village. Each of the youths has a past shrouded in obscurity, and all of them have some sort of power that they come to discover throughout the novel as they fight Malkar, the ultimate evil. Traveling with Sharina as her protector is the mysterious Nonnus, a hermit with whom Sharina has shared a bond since childhood. Garric has his own help in the old woman Tenoctis, a wizard. She helps him understand the dreams he has of a king from the old days, with whom Garric is somehow bonded. Cashel, too, has a helper: a tiny sprite who rides naked on his shoulder, invisible to most others. The action is fast, there is plenty of violence and gore, and many strange people, beasts, and monsters. Garric and Cashel are likeable, if impossibly dense, but Sharina and Ilna are one-sided characters who are hard to care about. The novel is "the first volume of a continuing saga." VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Alex Anderson
Lord of the Isles is an interesting book and intriguing as the first in a new series.
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Kirkus Reviews
First of a fantasy series from an author noted for his military science fiction (Patriots, 1996, etc.). One day scholar Garric rescues a strange old woman from the sea; a wizard of feeble powers but deep knowledge, Tenoctris became entangled in a mighty enchantment a thousand years ago and was hurled through time. Later, a representative of King Valence shows up: Procurator Asera, along with the powerful but ignorant wizard Meder, seeks Sharina, not Garric's sister as everyone had thought but actually the daughter of nobles; she must be conveyed to the royal city Valles. Healer, hermit, and former warrior Nonnus agrees to accompany her. Garric, meantime, accepts a medallion from his father and is visited in dreams by Tenoctris's King, Carus, whose heir he may be. Next to arrive is the drover Benlo, another powerful but unschooled wizard, and his beautiful daughter Liane; Garric and his friends agree to travel with Benlo to meet the latter's mysterious sponsor. After numerous dreadful adventures, both groups will converge at Erdin for some explanations, and yet more puzzles. Shapeless and meandering, agreeable rather than compelling: hardworking but minor league.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429952200
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Series: Lord of the Isles , #9
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 222,942
  • File size: 868 KB

Meet the Author

David Drake

David Drake lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Excellent book & great finish to a very enjoyable series!

    I really enjoyed this book. The ending, while not a complete surprise to an astute reader, was still well done and a nice way to finish the series. I only wish there was a little more information at the end on the "family & friends" aspect in light of the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    The exciting finish to the Crown of the Isles

    After the great victory espeically over the Palomir Empire (see THE MIRROR OF WORLDS), Prince Garric, Princess Sharina and wizardess Tenoctris thought they would have time to mentally and physically heal from their ordeal. The triumphant threesome figured to the winners go the spoils in this case Garric ruling over the united isles. Instead no rest for the weary as their Palomir enemies refuse to accept the last defeat should have meant the end of the war.------------------ Instead the Change that led to the trio¿s win also brought radcial Change to the pantheon of the Gods the Old have vanished while other divine beings replace them. In this context, the desperate Palomir turn to their forbidden dieties with prayer and rituals culminating with human sacrifice. Their Gods listen and send forth the horde of Rat Men. At the same time the Sky God heeding a ritual from the sea bring forth the Worm devourer of entire villages. Adding to the victors¿ woes is the hypnotically powerful myserious Scorpion King. ----------------- The exciting finish to the Crown of the Isles (see THE FORTRESS OF GLASS) is fast-paced as the bone tired Garric, Sharina and Tenoctris battle on three fronts against extremely powerful adversaries. That however is also the problem with the otherwise exhilerating story line as the brave heroes seem to cast off their mental exhaustion and physcial bone weariness with a shrug too easily, which in turn reduces what at first seems like three invincible opponents. Still fans of the series will enjoy THE GODS RETURN ----------- Harriet Klausner

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