With Lord of the Isles, David Drake returns to fantasy with a towering and complex epic of heroic adventure in an extraordinary and colorful world where the elemental forces that empower magic are rising to a thousand-year peak.
In the days following an unusually severe storm, the inhabitants of a tiny seaport town travel toward romance, danger, and astonishing magic that will transform them and their world.
©1997 David Drake (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Well told story told in the classic fantasy style of myth, magic, and mayhem. Michael Pages does a great reading creating distinct characters as he introduces us to the Lord of the Isles saga. David Drake lays out a solid foundation to build his world. Great ear candy if your looking for a good fantasy tale.
Its decent. It deserves more of a 3.5 star rating than a 4 but it didn't deserve a 3 star. The strength is in its pacing which is quick and requires close attention from the listener.
Drake does not spend as much time in characterization as authors such as Robert Jordan or GRRM. However, in doing so he also avoid the traps that Robert Jordan and GRRM both fall into which is repetitive characterizations that get really boring when you're binge listening.
This can be considered a lighter version of Robert Jordan.
This book was very confusing and annoying. It switches about every chapter between three groups of characters. The groups are similar enough (he-man and girl) that it takes a while to figure out which group he is talking about now. That doesn't get better as you go along. It just gets very annoying!
Another bad part is the bloody animal and human sacrifices. You have throats cut and blood spurting. It's really disgusting. David Drake also talks about how there is no morality, and what is past is past. Nooo we wouldn't wand to judge anyone would we?
The reading: There is a female character that Michael Page has to read. He completely fails with a tortured high male voice. It's revolting. Fail!
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