David Drake’s fantasy Lord of the Isles series is a towering epic of heroic adventure set in an extraordinary and colorful world where the elemental forces that empower magic are rising to a thousand-year peak.
Garric or-Reise was born the son of an innkeeper, but he is actually the progeny of Valence III, King of the Isles, and heir to the throne. But the kingdom is weak and evil magic infects the land. Sworn to claim his mantle as a true Lord of the Isles, Garric undertakes a quest to reunite the isles of the realm to ensure humanity’s strength and survival in the face of an encroaching apocalypse.
“The world building and characterization here are among Drake’s best, and the magic is well thought out. Drake clearly has embarked on a fantasy saga as big as Eddings’, Jordan’s, and Goodkind’s and as eminently worth reading.”—Booklist (on Servant of the Dragon)
Lord of the Isles (Volume 6)
Garric or-Reise was born the son of an innkeeper in Barca's Hamlet on the Isle of Haft, but through valor and determination became first a prince and then the Regent and successor to the feeble Valence...
David Drake (born 1945) sold his first story (a fantasy) at age 20. His undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa were history (with honors) and Latin (BA, 1967). He uses his training in both subjects extensively in his fiction.
David entered Duke Law School in 1967 and graduated five years later (JD, 1972). The delay was caused by his being drafted into the US Army. He served in 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He has used his legal and particularly his military experiences extensively in his fiction also.
David practiced law for eight years; drove a city bus for one year; and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981, writing such novels as Out of the Waters and Monsters of the Earth. He reads and travels extensively.