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Lord of the Isles: Lord of the Isles, Book 1 | [David Drake]

Lord of the Isles: Lord of the Isles, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Higuchi San Antonio, TX, United States 04-06-13
    Higuchi San Antonio, TX, United States 04-06-13

    An educator exploring the wonders of the world.

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    "The start of an epic"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Professor Lust Mankato, MN 11-25-13
    Professor Lust Mankato, MN 11-25-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Epic Fantasy-Lite"
    Where does Lord of the Isles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Lord of the Isles to and why?

    This can be considered a lighter version of Robert Jordan.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 04-07-14
    Randy 04-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to follow with little to keep your attention"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Deeper story hooks. I felt there was nothing of any substance to keep my attention to the point I only listened to it because I purchased it.


    Has Lord of the Isles turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Even as poorly entertaining as this audio book, and the whole series, have been I will continue to listen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not sure anything could have been done to improve the performance of this series. I feel it was poorly read but I believe that was the story and not the reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are still considering listening to this series please only get the first book before getting the whole series. It could be I was just looking for something more like a Robert Jordan or Salvatore type read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 05-10-13
    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Confusing, bloody, poorly read."

    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!

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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