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The Legions of Fire (Drake, Book 1)

Written by David Drake

Average Score: 53(4)

From the Bestselling author of the Lord of the Isles. . .

In this novel of magical menace to the survival of all humanity, David Drake introduces a new fantasy world, Carce, based on Europe during the later Roman Empire.

Far in the north, a group of magicians perform a strange dance on a volcanic island intended to open a gateway for supernatural creatures that will allow them to devastate the whole Earth and destroy all life. Not knowing the cause, two young men, Corylus and Varus, and two women, Hedia and Alphena, each separately pursue the answer to mysterious and threatening happenings that prefigure disaster  in  the great city of Carce, the center of civilization.  Through magical voyages in other realities where fantastic creatures, and even gods, help or hinder them, each of them must succeed or not just the city but the world will end in fire.

The Legions of Fire is the first of a fantasy quartet set in the world of the city of Carce.

Book Details

Hardcover, 368 Pages
Published by Tor Books on May 11, 2010
ISBN-10 0765320789
ISBN-13 978-0765320780


Fantasy Literature | Bill Capossere
Review Rating: 60
The mix of mythologies is interesting but not executed strongly or vividly enough. And the ending is a letdown dramatically. Thus, a mixed bag.
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Library Journal | Jackie Cassada
Review Rating: 60
Drake's characters are both engaging and believable, while his world building and attention to historical detail lend a realistic touch...
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Publishers Weekly
Review Rating: 60
Fans of fantasy and historical fiction will enjoy the decidedly noncontemporary characters and their adventures.
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Fantasy Literature | Angus Bickerton
Review Rating: 33
Do not read The Legions of Fire, as it is not an effort worthy of Drake's previous achievements, and I hope that he goes back to the drawing board for the sequels.
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