"A fitting end to this wonderful fantasy"
Former peasant, Prince Garric has done the impossible.
Garric has forged a government with him in charge of the
Kingdom of the Isles. This is the first central government
in a millennium plus years.
However, not everyone is content with Garric ruling the
Isles. Rebels and their outside allies unite to try to
overthrow the new regime. Led by wizards who see mortals
as cannon fodder and the Children of the Mistress, who cast
spells, Garric's foes have overwhelming superiority in
numbers, weapons, and magic. Thus, when the final battle
happens, Garric's chances of surviving are ground zero let
alone winning, but then again he shares cerebral space with
his ancestor, the brilliant strategist King Carus.
The fourth book in the Lord of the Isles series,
MISTRESS OF THE CATACOMBS, is a strong epic fantasy that
will elate readers of previous tales and send newcomers
seeking those novels. The tale has all the elements
expected in a high fantasy adventure, but centers on the
coming of age of a youngster thrust into a position of
grave responsibility. David Drake flies like an eagle,
proving he is one of the stronger speculative fiction
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001