Queen of Demons

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In the sequel to LORD OF THE ISLES, Garric and his companions continue their journey around the world of the Isles. Though the Hooded One has been defeated, there remains a king and queen to contend with, both intent on ruling the known world. QUEEN OF DEMONS sees The Queen of the Isles reveal the extent of her dark powers and threaten the ancient Isles. 'I saw Robert Jordan come on the heroic fantasy scene as a master player, and then Terry Goodkind with phenomenal imagination and power, and now here is David Drake in the same league. One of the finest epic fantasies of the decade' - Piers Anthony

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Queen of Demons is the middle volume of a mammoth heroic fantasy trilogy that begins with Lord of the Isles. After dealing with a variety of menaces in book one, shepherd-boy hero Garric is on course to unite his archipelago world against the remaining forces of chaos, evil, and unpleasantness, thus earning the title Lord of the Isles.

Again Garric's allies--including some interesting new helpers--are widely scattered in a tangle of linked story lines and headlong action, featuring many exhilarating fights against monsters, chimeras, phantoms, revenants, Hairy Men, Scaly Men, a cyclops, wicked wizards, and the book's two biggies: the unspeakable Beast that demands a diet of young girls and the title's evilly beautiful demon-spawned Queen. At regular intervals characters fall through another magic portal to find themselves in a new plane or dimension or hellworld, there to discover mislaid friends, deadly peril, or more likely both.

Drake keeps his narrative bowling along with plenty of color, occasional doses of practical politics, and no time at all for boredom. Arbitrary transitions and wild coincidences make it seem slightly tongue in cheek, soap-operatic entertainment with an endless series of hissable villains to be zapped, outwitted, or skewered with a trusty blade. At the very end, with Good seemingly triumphant, up pops another one:

The wizard stood on the back of the monster he had called to him. He raised his head, and the heavens echoed with his laughter.

More in book three.... --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

From the Publisher:

"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

"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's, Jordan's and Goodkind's and as eminently worth reading." --Booklist

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