In this first volume in a new epic fantasy series, prolific bestseller Stackpole (The Warrior Trilogy; The Blood of Kerensky Trilogy; eight Star Wars novels; etc.) immediately draws the reader into Yslin a city in a dark world menaced by a tyrant princess, Chytrine. Like all those subject to her control, Will, a young thief, despises Chytrine. True to fantasy form, Will views his life of crime as merely another profession, as ancient and honorable as that of barber or innkeeper. In fact, his highest ambition is to be placed in a league with "the Azure Spider," his hero. As such, he is surprised to find that destiny has a far greater role for him to play. His theft of a "silver" leaf seems to excite more of a reaction from its original owner than it should. Although it appears to be made of indestructible metal, it holds the suppleness and warmth of a real leaf. Its owner, like the princess Chytrine, is a Vorquelf. Will has been taught a hatred of Vorquelves by the man who took him in the Fagin-like Marcus. So he's mightily surprised when he's rescued from the leaf's owner by a Vorquelf named Resolute. With Resolute and Crow, a human, as companions, Will eventually finds his way to a blind Vorquelf, who paints the future into the murals of her cave. The coming of the thief, Will the Nimble, has been foretold. But whether he is to be that world's savior or destroyer is unknown even to himself. As usual, Stackpole provides a compelling and engaging escape. (Dec. 4)The Dark Glory War (2000).
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Will the Nimble, an orphaned thief, attempts a grand theft and falls instead into the hands of a warrior called Crow and a refugee Vorquelf named Resolute who recognize the young man as the fulfillment of a prophecy. Hoping to overthrow the tyrant Chytrine and prevent her from acquiring the DragonCrown, Will and his newfound companions set out for the Fortress Draconis. Stackpole's series opener introduces his cast of heroes and villains and lays the groundwork for successive adventures. A solid addition to the epic fantasy genre, this title belongs in most libraries.
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well, i love michale stackpole. loved his star wars stuff, i jedi is in all time top 3, right after jules veren's 20,000.
but this, was disapointing to say the least. Read more
Nice and easy to read with a reasonable storyline that is not dissimilar to LOTR. Altogether mostly interesting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leslie A Munday
As I got deeper into the book, I realized I had read it before. Still, I finished it with new insights into the story and now have the task of looking through the books I have not... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ms. Patricia P. Russell
This was supposed to be in new condition. Not at all!!!! It was from a library. Had a plastic cover on it that was peeling. Read morePublished 17 months ago by KodiGirl
I'm a huge fan of Stackpole's. Once a hero is a fantastic book and his Star Wars books have all been great. This book is not not bad, it is just not exciting at all. Read morePublished on February 27, 2008 by Charles Reeves
I discovered this book via the author's podcast, which comes out one chapter per week. Once I was hooked on the story, I naturally couldn't wait to find out what would happen... Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Virginia A. Campbell
Fortress Draconis by Michael Stackpole is the first book in the Darkcrown War Cycle. This book is an epic tale on many levels. Read morePublished on March 25, 2007 by Andy Gray
Series sucks, waste of time. Knew what was going to happen to the main characters before the end of the first book, which is really a disapointment. Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by T. Nickerson
I had high hopes for this series. I really did. I love Stackpole's stand-alone fantasy novels, and was expecting his first major fantasy series to be great. Read morePublished on July 30, 2006 by Justin G.