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Book 3 of 9 in the Lord of the Isles Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The Lord of the Isles saga (Lord of the Isles; Queen of Demons) progresses little in this volume. Garric still settles into his reign, advised by the spirit of his ancestor Carus and by his friends, especially low-key love interest Liane. A new threat, a magical bridge, dangerously joins different dimensions and times, and must be undone. Sharina, Ilna and Cashel disperse, each finally helping the realm, and Garric fights boldly and leads cleverly, aided by his soldiers, his guards the Blood Eagles and the wizard Tenoctris, against foes that include living-dead cavalry. The connections between realities allow Drake to explore not only magical realms and their threats but the past of the Isles, before the catastrophe that Tenoctris survived. Ilna's capture by pirates develops interestingly, introducing Merota, the aristocratic child Ilna befriends, and Chalcus, the pirate whom cranky Ilna can't help warming to. As usual with Drake, the nonhuman characters are outstanding. Here, a sentient warrior bird, Dalar, steals the show as Sharina's aide and protector. Drake is taking his time resolving the deeper conflicts of the series, but the trip is inventive and satisfying, so few readers will complain. Major ad/promo. (Sept.)
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From Library Journal

While Prince Garric attempts to learn the demands of rulership of the Isles, the appearance of a magical bridge results in the kidnapping of his sister Sharina and her transportation into the past. The third volume (after Lord of the Isles and Queen of Demons) in the author's epic fantasy pits Garric and his companions against an ancient evil that can transcend time itself. Drake's talent for creating personable characters driven by their loyalty to one another to achieve great deeds makes this title a good addition to most fantasy collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lord of the Isles (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812564944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812564945
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

The first book was just ok.
I liked this book but they have become a bit predictable, at the beginning they are alltogether then early on they are split apart like billiard balls.
His witty humour and dialogue add a lot to the story.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on August 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When i first read "Lord of the Isles", first book in this series, i was convinced that Drake had decided to see if he could out-Jordan Robert Jordan.
And there are some similarities.
But Drake has a more mordant approach and wit than Jordan, and isn't afraid to have a little fun with the conventions of the quest-fantasy genre... and he does.
As before, he takes his core group of adventurers -- Garric, Cashel, Ilna, Sharina, Tenoctris and company -- and sends them by ones and twos on separate quests of hair-raising difficulty and (in many cases) grusomeness. But all of them (even the grim and apparently humorless Ilna) find occasional causes for humor, gallows-style or otherwise, and for moments of beauty and happiness among the violence and dangers.
Of the bunch, i'd say that Ilna -- who's had the hardest life of the adventurers so far -- ends up the best off in terms of Good Stuff accumulated in her quest.
The various quests -- Cashel's to find the sorcerously-abducted Sharina, Ilna's to find a way home after being marooned with companions, Garric and Tenoctris's to lay to rest a magical menace to the Kingdom if the Isles -- all SEEM unrelated, and have a habit of suddenly turning into something other than we thought they were, but looks can be deceiving in this sort of fiction, and the grand finale when Everything (almost) Is Revealed is quite satisfactory.
I want to make it clear that following is a High Compliment from me, reading this story was in many ways like playing one of the best-constructed of the old text-only computer games; everything dovetails nicely, and an apparently-unimportant action taken or not taken on one quest may have a huge effect on all of the other players' efforts, and one important clue missed anywhere could mean ultimate and horrible failure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on March 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was reading these series because I thought the only interesting character is Ilna the Weaver, and I was curious about what happened to her. I was very surprised when I read this book and found it to be by far the best one in the series. The plot was much better than the first two books. Prince Garric and Tenoctris are trying to close the bridge that opens Valles to the cosmos, letting in dangerous creatures. Same old same old there, nothing new and exciting. Sharina is taken through the bridge by a creature that serves the Dragon, turning Sharina herself into a servant of the dragon. However, the Dragon is not evil, he needs her help to recover his mummy that is being used to destroy the world. He sends Sharina through many worlds with her new friend, the birdman Dalar. Cashel goes in search of Sharina and ends up in the Underworld after killing the wizard he was supposed to ask for help. He is accompanied by the wizard's ring, which has a demon trapped in it. The demon Krias is a refreshing addition to the stories with his witty sense of humor. He reminds me strongly of the faerie Mellie that Cashel befriended in Lord of the Isles. Lastly, my favourite character Ilna has her best adventures yet, which make the book a good and interesting read. She is taking the child Merota, niece of Lord Tadia, with her on a ship to Erdin. On the way they are shipwrecked on Yole, risen from the sea again with an army of dead things. Ilna meets the best character Drake has yet introduced into the story yet, the sailor/pirate Chalcus. He actually loves Ilna, and he let's us see her softer side. His witty humour and dialogue add a lot to the story. I found myself breathlessly waiting to find out what would happen to him and Ilna next. It seems that Drake has finally figured out how to write romance. He did a very poor job with Mellie and Halphemos. I was sad about Halphemos' death, but Chalcus is much better than he ever was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna McHugh on February 21, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I read the first book in the series and gave it a marginal thumbs up. I listened to the second book and enjoyed it. I listened to the Servant of the Dragon and was transported into the land of the Isles. The story lacks some action and the ending really is nothing more than Drake tying up all his plot strings at once (too quickly and at odds with the pace of the rest of the novel). Given Drakes writing style it might be fair to say that Servant of the Dragon is little more than small vignettes strung together, but that would sound more critical than I intend. I found myself transported beyond the traffic and the grind of the commute as I listed to the book and I was terribly disappointed when it was over. I also have to add that the development of Ilna and her relationship with Chalkas was excellently done.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Micah L on January 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually love David Drake. His writing is great, his tactics fun and imaginative. This book is no different. However, he has written over 2000 pages in this series, and he needs a new direction (not a new world - characters bounce between them about every 15 minutes - which gets kind of annoying). The characters started out interesting, but they have yet to change or really DO anything. Ilna is whiny, Cashel sort of hits everything, etc. My biggest problem is the romance. Romance in fantasy is fine. Lack of romance in fantasy is fine. However, Drake made it (to me at least) very clear that certain people liked certain other people by the end of the first 100 pages in Lord of the Isles. And, despite those people switching worlds about as often as we turn the pages and even going to Hell for each other, nothing has happened. Given the sheer number of pages involved in all this, I have to give Drake the all-time Character Interaction Rut award. The series can be salvaged, but if he doesn't change people's behavior and relationships in the next one, I'm back to rereading my Belisarius books.
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