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| Author: Michael A. Stackpole
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Military, Dragons, Adult Themes
| ISBN-10: 0553578499
| ISBN-13: 9780553578492
| Publisher: Spectra (October 29, 2002)
| Mass Market Paperback: 736
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
25 years have passed since Tarrant Hawkins delivered Chytine's warning that she would be back, a warning that ended up labeling him as a traitor. Not that his warning was not true -- no, far from it -- but the ruling heads did not want to cause a panic so they in essence, killed the messenger. Tarrant takes the name Kedyn's Crow and goes underground to fight Chytrine with his friend Resolute at his side. For 25 years, the pair has damaged Chytrine in any way they could while searching for the last Norrington, the man named in prophecy to be the one who destroys Chytrine and redeems Vorquellyn.
Epic Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane
Will the Nimble is an orphan, thief and rogue. Raised in the Dimandowns, the dark underbelly of Yslin, Will strives to survive in a harsh and squalid environment using mainly his wits. That was until he conceived of a plan, a plan designed to impress his guardian and assure him of a status among thieves. This theft however catapults him into a life that he has only imagined and embroils him in a war. Fortunately, he will have Resolute and the Crow to guide him to his destiny.
Kerrigan Reese is the most powerful mage since the creation of the Dragon Crown. There are very few limits on his spell casting ability but he is also fat, spoiled and very sheltered. Kerrigan will also find himself thrust into a bloody war, a war that will shatter all his illusions and will either make him a man or destroy him.
Raised by the winged Gyrkyme, princess of a dead nation, warrior of unparalleled skill, Alexia has her own reasons for wanting to destroy Chytrine. Together these heroes will face an almost unstoppable force of pure evil while dealing with the prejudices and politics of their own allies. This will prove to be a difficult task and one where the outcome is by no means certain.
This book is in many ways completely different from the prequel. For one thing, the characterization is deeper. I felt a lot more connected to the players though not overly so. For another, the viewpoint is from multiple narrators so that also gives the story more depth. This is definitely an epic tale. I cannot begin to go into everything that happens in this book. There are plenty of twists, some unexpected surprises, and lots of detailed warfare. The characters do a lot of growing up, and maturing as they face trial after trial and to make things even more interesting, Chytrine is a much greater threat then in the previous story. There was less world building - that was pretty much covered in the prequel - though things have changed in 25 years and it was interesting to see the differences. Stackpole does showing well and in vivid detail. He also writes great dialog and incredibly detailed battle scenes. By comparison, his characterization is weak, this is more of a visual story of good verses evil then one with characters you can really care about.
The content is bloody, at times tragic and a bit more technical then I like with the mechanized inhabitants of Fortress Draconis plus the guns and cannons used as a part of the warfare. There was plenty of magic to balance things out though. More happens in this book then in some complete series I have read. The action moves at a fair clip and keeps you on your toes. The ending, while not totally unexpected, is a cliffhanger and you will most certainly want to pick up book two to find out what happens next. Which is what I am going to do now, meanwhile happy reading!
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Librarything Rating 3.71/5
Amazon Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Book review of Fortress Draconis (Dragoncrown War Cycle: Book 1) by Michael Stackpole - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 01, 2008 - Rating: