Servant of the Dragon
Lord of the Isles #3
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One HUGE adventure after another. Nobody can lose and you know that, but you don’t mind. You are along for the ride of magic, mayhem, blood and guts.
The only thing that bothered me is how much of a non-character Liane has become. She is simply an accessory to Garric.
Other than that, this was a kickass fantasy adventure story.
Queen of Demons
Lord of the Isles #2
3 of 5 Stars
The full title for this edition is Queen of Demons: The second book in the Epic Saga of ‘The Lord of the Isles’. The story is as pretentious as this title.
Which considering that everything in this series is big, bigger than life, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is still pretentious though.
Now, the overall plot revolves around Garric becoming Prince Garric, titular heir to the Islands. Along the way the group gets split up and faces various trials and horrors. A nice cast of side characters are served up, just waiting to be killed off, which they mostly are in various ways.
Around page 400 [of roughly 600] I realized that I was ready for the story to be over. The side journeys were continued much longer than they needed to be.
Lord of the Isles
Lord of the Isles #1
4 of 5 Stars
I read this when it first came out in ’97 and then once again sometime in ’99, before I was keeping track of what I was reading. So this is at least my 3rd read.
First off, you have to accept this book for what it is:
A cast of characters who are larger than life, impossible to kill or defeat, who simply cannot fail and who have between them about the personality of half a person.
Situations of epic proportions that simply get bigger and bigger, spiraling out of control until beaten into submission by the characters.
If you cannot accept the above, then you will hate this book, and hence the whole series.
This book was typified by violence, blood magic with horrific results, awesome supernaturalness and some really kick ass fighting.
Mirror of Worlds
Crown of the Isles #2
Lord of the Isles #8
More of the same. I figure if I wait 3 years to read the final book [whenever it comes out], I should be able to make it through. Ilna’s “hating of the world” just really wears thin really quick. AND, how did the world survive? It seems like there are super gods, or superbadpowerful men, or creatures, just lined up to the horizon to personally make the world hard for Garric and Co.