Fortress Draconis

Fortress Draconis

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The incredible new fantasy epic that began withThe Dark Glory Warcontinues in... Fortress Draconis In an age of treachery and peril, a young thief may be the prophesied savior ... or the betrayer of the world. From Michael A. Stackpole,New York Timesbestselling author and a master of epic fantasy, comes a stirring chronicle of magic, intrigue, passion, and the most unlikely of heroes... Once one of the grandest of human cities, Yslin now has a dark heart known as the Dimandowns. And when Will, an orphaned young thief from the Dim, plots to prove himself to his master by stealing a prize from the exiled Elves who share the fetid slums, his theft of the strange artifact snares him in a web of prophecy. It also brings him together with Kedyn's Crow, a shadowy human warrior, and Resolute, a Vorquelf determined to redeem his long-lost island home. To them, Will could be the fulfillment of a long-held dream and the last chance the world has to save itself from Chytrine, the northern tyrant who would be empress of the world. But their belief in Will finds few allies in a world torn by war and magick. Preoccupied with their own internecine struggles, the world's leaders see Will as a pawn. Only Chytrine seems able to recognize Will's destiny, and she sends her Dark Lancers to destroy him. For who better to destroy a hero than the ill-fated heroes of the previous generation, survivors of a failed war to exterminate Chytrine, now corrupted to her service? Yet even as Will is tested, a new generation takes up arms where their predecessors failed. Alexia, princess of a dead nation, leads an army to oppose Chytrine. And the sorcerers of Vilwan have fashioned their own hero, Kerrigan Reese, bestowing upon him powers and abilities no human has held for centuries. Together these heroes travel to the mysterious Fortress Draconis to stop Chytrine from stealing more fragments of the DragonCrown -- a powerful artifact that, once in her control, will guarantee her dominion forever.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780553379198
0553379194
Characteristics: 513 p. : map ; 24 cm

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JihadiConservative
Feb 18, 2016

This High Fantasy series has gone under the radar for some reason. It's fantasy in the classic epic tradition. A band of heroes strives against an all-powerful sorceress. The most prominent feature in this four-book saga is its graphic violence. These books are full of blood--too much in fact. After a while, the constant fighting becomes wearisome. Still, if you are looking for some epic fantasy that's heavy on the action, and has above-average characterization, give this saga a shot. I found this series much better than average and perhaps underrated.

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de_grammont
Jun 27, 2012

The fantastic first book in the Dragon Crown War Cycle, definitely a must read for fans of the high fantasy genre.

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