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The Fortress of Glass
     

The Fortress of Glass

by David Drake
 

The Fortress of Glass is the first in the Crown of the Isles trilogy, which will conclude the epic Lord of the Isles series. A true trilogy, the action extends over the whole three-book arc. The Fortress of Glass begins the story of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally brought into being by the group of heroes and heroines who have been

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The Fortress of Glass is the first in the Crown of the Isles trilogy, which will conclude the epic Lord of the Isles series. A true trilogy, the action extends over the whole three-book arc. The Fortress of Glass begins the story of how the new kingdom of the Isles is finally brought into being by the group of heroes and heroines who have been central to all the books in the series. The group includes Prince Garric, heir to the throne of the Isles, his consort Liane, his sister Sharina, her herculean sweetheart Cashel, his sister Ilna, with her adopted child Merota and piratical Chalcus.

On giant triremes filled with soldiers and diplomats, they journey to the small kingdoms of the Isles to confirm the succession of Garric and to subdue, if necessary, any local rulers too fond of their own kingship to pledge fealty to Garric. All this is being done in a time when the powers of magic in the Isles have flooded to a thousand-year peak, and even local magicians can perform powerful spells normally beyond their control. Fantastic forces from all angles try to keep them apart and unable to continue the reunification of the Isles. So separately and together, they must fight their way back to the same time and place to combat the mysterious and supernatural menace of The Green Woman in her Fortress of Glass.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Drake's solidly crafted fantasy, the first of a trilogy that will wrap up the author's Lord of the Isles series (Goddess of the Ice Realm, etc.), Prince Garric is voyaging far in an effort to bring all the Isles under his rule. After landing on a new shore, Garric finds the local king, Cervoran, dead and his heir, the youthful Prince Protas, in dire need of help against an outbreak of wizardry. Before Garric can act, more wizardry propels him to another world, where he enlists the aid of a strange creature called the Bird against the monstrous flesh-eating Coerli that terrorize this other world. When King Cervoran returns to life, Garric's sister, Sharina, and his consort, Liane, must try to settle the question of who rules in Garric's absence. Drake, whose world building has been weak in past books, makes the most of his setting based on the classical Mediterranean world, and he's no longer uncertain in his handling of female characters. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Prince Garric, along with his wife and his sister, travels to the Isles to confirm his position as rightful king and secure fealty from the Isles' lesser kings. His first stop, the island of First Atara, brings him in contact with the boy heir Protas, soon to be crowned after the funeral of his late father, King Cervoran. Magic has grown to a peak level in the Isles, and when a meteor falls near First Atara, the dead king rises and walks again. Now Garric must cope with an undead king as well as with the new threat from the powerful entity known as the Green Woman, who resides in a glass fortress. Drake's latest series intertwines with his current "Lord of the Isles" titles. Drake's inventive approach to magic and his solidly built characters make this a good addition to most fantasy collections and a must for libraries owning the "Lord of the Isles" books. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
First book in an epic trilogy, set in the same world as The Lord of the Isles series (Master of the Cauldron, not reviewed, etc.). While sailing to meet with King Cervoran of First Atara, Prince Garric, heir to the throne of the Isles, is informed that the king is dead. Garric presides over Cervoran's apotheosis ceremony, but a meteor disrupts the proceedings. At that moment, King Cervoran rises from the dead, and Prince Garric disappears, only to find himself in another time, in another land-one peopled with strange natives and a race of vicious cat-men. Shortly after the meteor strike, the royal court of First Atara are attacked by a monstrous "hellplant," which the risen Cervoran claims was sent by a mysterious "Green Woman" to kill him. Cervoran, The Green Woman and a mysterious diadem are the only links Sharina, Ilna, Tenoctris and Cashel have to Garric, and so they must follow the mad, undead king's lead if they ever hope to see their prince again. A bit trite, but the temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439560167
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Series:
Lord of the Isles Series
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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DAVID DRAKE lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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