The Fortress of Glass

The Fortress of Glass

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The Fortress of Glass by David Drake 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 106.68 x 167.64 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765351161
  • 9780765351166
  • 554,073

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"The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story." -"Kirkus" "Solidly crafted fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly" "In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read." -"Romantic Times Bookclub" "Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action." - "Starlog" "The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story." --Kirkus"Solidly crafted fantasy." --Publishers Weekly"In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read." --Romantic Times Bookclub"Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it." --Booklist"Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action." --Starlog The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story. Kirkus Solidly crafted fantasy. Publishers Weekly In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read. Romantic Times Bookclub Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it. Booklist Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action. Starlog" The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story. "Kirkus" Solidly crafted fantasy. "Publishers Weekly" In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read. "Romantic Times Bookclub" Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it. "Booklist" Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action. "Starlog"" Praise for "The Fortress of Glass" "The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story." -"Kirkus"" ""Solidly crafted fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly" "In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read." -"Romantic Times Bookclub"" ""Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it." --"Booklist" "Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action." - "Starlog" Praise for "The Fortress of Glass" "The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story." -"Kirkus"" ""Solidly crafted fantasy." -"Publishers Weekly" "In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read." -"Romantic Times Bookclub"" ""Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it." --"Booklist" "Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action." - "Starlog" Praise for "The Fortress of Glass" " The temporal displacement of Prince Garric adds a new wrinkle to the story." - "Kirkus"" "" Solidly crafted fantasy." - "Publishers Weekly" " In a refreshing change from other books in the genre, Drake has a light touch with his characters, making them believable and serious without becoming overly ponderous or melodramatic. He employs the standard epic fantasy tropes of action, sorcery and romance to great effect in this exciting, compelling read." - "Romantic Times Bookclub"" "" Drake possesses every skill necessary to make this story a thoroughly absorbing, even to new readers. Those who have sailed with him through the preceding two Isles trilogies ought to eagerly demand it." --"Booklist" " Drake has wit enough to write installments that stand on their own feet, giving readers the luxury of jumping right into the action." - "Starlog" "Unlike most modern fantasy, David Drake's Lord of the Isles is an epic with the texture of the legends of yore, with rousing action and characters to cheer for." --Terry Goodkind on "Lord of the Isles" "Great, gritty realism on both material and magical planes, and Hell quite literally breaks loose on occasion. The audience for this kind of fantasy saga should prove large and ongoing, and for this volume, at least, it will be well deserved." --"Booklist "on" Master of the Cauldron" "Drake's grasp of large-scale action, as well as small dramas, makes him a superb storyteller. The sixth addition to his "Lord of the Isles" series belongs in most fantasy collections."--"Library Journal "on" Master of the Cauldron""Drake writes this kind of fantasy adventure as well as anyone active in the field, and has a real gift for the intricacies of court intrigues."--"Chronicle" on "Master of the Cauldron"
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About D. Drake

DAVID DRAKE lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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444 ratings
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4 35% (154)
3 36% (160)
2 8% (35)
1 3% (14)
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