The Fortress of Glass
The First Volume of 'The Crown of the Isles'
By David Drake
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765312594, 384pp.)
Publication Date: April 18, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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The Fortress of Glass 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.
DAVID DRAKE lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
"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