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Creator/DavidDrake's '''Lord of the Isles''' series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're badass enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

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Creator/DavidDrake's '''Lord ''Lord of the Isles''' Isles'' series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're badass enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.


Creator/DavidDrake's '''Lord of the Isles''' series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

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Creator/DavidDrake's '''Lord of the Isles''' series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} badass enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.



* {{Badass}}: All four of the main characters, just for starters; most of their friends as well. Nine-year-old Merota shows signs of being a badass in training (not quite a LittleMissBadass yet) when worshipers of evil try to sacrifice her:
-->Most children would have screamed. Merota, Ilna's ward, waited with a closed mouth and eyes as hard as agates.


* TrappedByMountainLions: At least two out of the four main characters are TrappedByMountainLions for a significant portion of each book, after the first novel. Of course, FridgeBrilliance suggests that because of this when [[spoiler: three characters visit TheUnderworld in a book called]] ''[[AsAGodAmI The Gods]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Return]]'' [[spoiler:it is not readily apparent that this is more than yet another trippy side trip.]]


* NightmareFuel: Happens several times over the series, the most blatant being the tale of Cerix, a wizard who opened a window into another plane, but [[spoiler:closed the portal with his legs still inside! Now his legs are in a place where demons tear at them every day...]]


* {{Anvilicious}}: Possibly the frequent assertions of the superiority of the Barca's Hamlet folk.



* {{Badass}}: All four of the main characters, just for starters; most of their friends as well. Nine-year-old Merota shows signs of being a badass in training (not quite a LittleMissBadass yet) when worshippers of evil try to sacrifice her:

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* {{Badass}}: All four of the main characters, just for starters; most of their friends as well. Nine-year-old Merota shows signs of being a badass in training (not quite a LittleMissBadass yet) when worshippers worshipers of evil try to sacrifice her:


DavidDrake's Lord of the Isles series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

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DavidDrake's Lord Creator/DavidDrake's '''Lord of the Isles Isles''' series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.


DavidDrake's Lord of the Isles series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[hottip:* :Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

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DavidDrake's Lord of the Isles series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[hottip:* :Supposedly Sharina[[note]]Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation]], relation[[/note]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

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DavidDrake's Lord of the Isles series is heroic fantasy, following the adventures of four main characters: Garric, his sister Sharina[[hottip:* :Supposedly his twin, but actually no blood relation]], and their loyal friends Cashel the shepherd and Cashel's twin sister Ilna. Garric has a claim to the throne of the Isles, and the ghost of the last true king advising him (though most of the advice is on the order of: "Don't do what I did; it was a disaster.") Cashel and Ilna have unusual magical abilities; and Sharina is [[BadassNormal tough, smart]], and has a talent for making friends who're {{Badass}} enough to help with any threats she can't quite handle on her own. Other key characters include Lady Liane, whose merchant father left her with an information network she's turned into Garric's intelligence service, and Tenoctris the wizard.

The magical forces wizards draw upon have a thousand-year cycle; currently, they're reaching a peak, so even the weakest wizard can do mighty things. Unfortunately, most wizards don't understand these forces properly, and tend to do a lot of damage with the side effects of their spells. The last time the forces peaked, the Kingdom of the Isles shattered into squabbling successor states. Tenoctris is a survivor from that disaster. She's not a very powerful wizard. But ... she ''does'' understand the forces of magic, and her spells do what she intends them to do, no more or less -- making her an absolutely vital resource.

->I'd intended to use {{Atlantis}} as a setting. Tom [Doherty, Tor's publisher] pointed out that none of the series which had done really well had real-world settings; and OK, Atlantis wasn't exactly real, but--
->I don't generally argue with a publisher, especially when (as in this case) he's one of the best marketing people in the business. I set my novel in The Isles, which are Not Atlantis.
----> -- David Drake, from his website


The books are:
* ''Lord of the Isles'' (1997).
* ''Queen of Demons'' (1998).
* ''Servant of the Dragon'' (1999)
* ''Mistress of the Catacombs'' (2001)
* ''Goddess of the Ice Realm'' (2003)
* ''Master of the Cauldron'' (2004)
* ''The Fortress of Glass'' (2006)
* ''The Mirror of Worlds'' (2007)
* ''The Gods Return'' (2008)
** The last three books are considered a trilogy, ''The Crown of the Isles'', within the series.

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* AGodAmI
* {{Anvilicious}}: Possibly the frequent assertions of the superiority of the Barca's Hamlet folk.
* TheAtoner: Nonnus, in the first book; Ilna in the others.
* AuthorAppeal: Garric, Sharina, and Liane are fond of and often quote the work of ancient poets -- [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the Classical poets David Drake likes to read. "Rigal" is Homer, "Celondre" is Horace, etc.
* {{Badass}}: All four of the main characters, just for starters; most of their friends as well. Nine-year-old Merota shows signs of being a badass in training (not quite a LittleMissBadass yet) when worshippers of evil try to sacrifice her:
-->Most children would have screamed. Merota, Ilna's ward, waited with a closed mouth and eyes as hard as agates.
* BadassArmy: The Blood Eagles, the royal bodyguard; to join, you have to have shown heroism in the regular army.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Cashel can kill demons with his bare hands. It's hard to make him angry enough to want to hurt you. It's also very stupid.
* CrystalPrison
* TheDeterminator: Pretty much everyone, but special mention goes to Tenoctris (physically frail) and Liane (highly educated, but not in anything suitable to her rough and tumble lifestyle).
* EternalEnglish: TimeTravel takes place in several of the stories, usually involving transitions of thousands of years. The language remains essentially unchanged, although it may be accented, and ''once'' a character used a word that didn't exist in the society she'd been thrown into. Possibly justified because AWizardDidIt, literally -- except that a couple of times, the wizard who did it wouldn't have ''wanted'' the time traveler to be able to communicate.
* GenerationXerox: Averted. Carus [[spoiler:was in love with a woman whose looks and personality were identical to Ilna's, but Garric merely regards Ilna as a good friend]].
* GentleGiant: Cashel.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: One of each in the backstory. [[spoiler:Garric's mother was married to Sharina's father; Garric's father is married to Sharina's mother -- and that's four parents, not two]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: The first book reveals that Cashel and Ilna's mother was an unidentified member of TheFairFolk, and this is evidently the source of their odd powers. She's later named: [[spoiler:Queen Mab]].
* IdenticalGrandson: Garric's visions of Carus show that the physical resemblance is very strong, despite there being a thousand years between them.
* NightmareFuel: Happens several times over the series, the most blatant being the tale of Cerix, a wizard who opened a window into another plane, but [[spoiler:closed the portal with his legs still inside! Now his legs are in a place where demons tear at them every day...]]
* ObliviousToLove: Cashel is utterly devoted to Sharina. In the first two books, other beautiful girls fall in love with him ... and he doesn't notice. He's a little more aware of it happening in some of the subsequent books.
* {{Pirate}}: Chalcus (reformed).
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Garric and Sharina, who drive their bodyguards ''insane'' by being brave and energetic -- the sort of royalty who're ''worth'' protecting, but very ''hard'' to protect. Garric's ancestor Carus was a warrior king, and it shows.
* SpiritAdvisor: King Carus, to Garric.
* TheSpymaster: Liane. Doesn't fit the "cold and dour" characterization at all; she's young, beautiful, and was described by someone ''inclined to dislike her'' as "calm, steadfast, and kind, with a spirit that could never be broken so long as life was there to sustain it."
* SquishyWizard: Tenoctris is seventy years old, and a scholar rather than an athlete all her life.
* TrappedByMountainLions: At least two out of the four main characters are TrappedByMountainLions for a significant portion of each book, after the first novel. Of course, FridgeBrilliance suggests that because of this when [[spoiler: three characters visit TheUnderworld in a book called]] ''[[AsAGodAmI The Gods]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Return]]'' [[spoiler:it is not readily apparent that this is more than yet another trippy side trip.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Ilna, toward Garric.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Cashel, toward Sharina.
* WhamEpisode: ''The Fortress of Glass''.
* WhatMeasureIsANonhuman: Often.
* WildMagic: Not precisely, but Cashel's power doesn't always act by his volition, although it usually does what he'd ''want'' it to do if he knew it ''could'' do that. A prime example is when his magic altered the names on a written contract to reflect Cashel's belief that two of the people signing it were cheating the others. He'd had no idea that was going to happen.
* YouCantFightFate: Averted. Flung a thousand years into the future, Garric is told history says he died fighting a rebellious noble and the kingdom collapsed. When he gets back, he finds [[spoiler:Sharina (and Carus, wearing Garric's body) managed to talk that particular rebel over to their side]].
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