Citadels of the Lost(CD)Lib(Unabr.) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Tracy Hickman has been writing and exploring fantasy and science fiction since the 1970s. Tracy eventually became a New York Times bestselling author (with Margaret Weis) of numerous series such as Dragonlance, the Death Gate Cycle, Darksword, and Rose of the Prophet and other series. Together with his wife Laura, Tracy has created Dragonlance and Ravenloft games and, more recently, their own fantasy series, The Bronze Canticles. Song of the Dragon and Citadels of the Lost are the first two novels in The Annals of Drakis. Tracy and Laura live in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah and have four grown children.
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But also, this is the story of Soen Tjen-Rei, the now elven ex-Inquisitor, is still looking for Drakis, in the hopes that he can redeem his position in the Iblisi. But, following the pilgrims who seek Drakis that he might lead them to freedom from the Rhonas Empire, he begins to lose his focus. What should he do, and what path should he follow? Things seem much less clear than before.
First off, I must say that I loved Song of the Dragon, and was very happy to get the second book in the series. I disagree that this book stands entirely on its own. If you don't read the first book, you will lack a key understanding of just what Drakis is up to, and the ending will feel very muddy and unsatisfying. So, am I telling you to not read the book? Heavens no, I am telling you to read BOTH books! So far this is a great series, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
I like its interesting races, with the humans and dwarves being just what you would expect, but the elves being excitingly different. And, I really like the lion-man manticores and the four-armed chimerians. The story itself has lots of great action, with interesting monsters (especially the drakoneti and dragons) and great fight scenes.
If you liked Song of the Dragon, then you WILL like this book. I highly recommend this wonderful series to all fans of great fantasy literature!
To prove his companions wrong, he takes them to a place where the dragons are to come, but Drakis knows that is a myth. He is shocked when a thousand dragons arrive and the group is forced to go through a portal. Drakis's companion Ethis shuts the portal and they figure out that they are hundreds of miles from where they were months ago. The journey back is filled with action, betrayal and warfare with the dragons playing a significant role. The Rhonas Emperor wants Drakis returned to him as he is the rallying point for 60,000 people who want freedom from the Elven odious yoke.
The latest The Annals of Drakis avoids second book syndrome as the story line stands on its own yet expands on the action and social cultures established in the first entry (see Song of the Dragon). Readers will be enthralled by the story line as the Rhonas Empire is similar to the Roman Empire with client states though there are differences especially involving how slaves are treated and other once free sentient species. Drakis may be the man of the prophecy but even if he is not he is bodacious as a leader seeking freedom for all. Citadels of the Lost is what epic fantasy is all about.
"Citadels of the Lost" is the exciting second book in the Annals of Drakis series, and like its predecessor, it does not disappoint. All of the characters readers know and may or may not love from the first book are back, and the story only gets more intricate as it goes on. Hickman writes with authority, masterfully and flawlessly switching between different points of view and keeping this novel flowing towards an epic conclusion that only promises more to come in the next book. A must-read for fans of the fantasy genre.
Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews.
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