Goddess of the Ice Realm Book Summary and Study Guide

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Tor, Sep 2003, 27.95, 496 pp.
ISBN: 0312873883

Prince Garric and his retinue, which besides trusted humans includes the ghost of the great King Carus inside his head, crossed the island of Haft to reach the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom Carcosa. Garric plans to unite the people living on the numerous islands that make up the Isles. Garric's fiancée Liane works closely with him as they try to bring the competing, often hostile, religious groups under his rule.
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Meanwhile, unknown powers trying to abort Garric's efforts attack his loyal supporters. Upon being inexplicably transported to a strange deadly land, Garric's best friend Cashel and royal sister Sharina struggle to survive. Cashel's sister, the witch Ilna and her beloved Chalcus must find a way to overcome a bizarre winged plague threatening trading ships.   Isolated from his most steadfast supporters, Prince Garric's efforts to establish a government with him as the monarch seem doomed to failure as the enemy to human civilization maliciously wrecks havoc throughout the Isles.

The fifth tale in the Lord of the Isles series is an exciting epic fantasy filled with several major subplots starring either the Prince or some of his key followers. The story line is very exciting and imaginative, but at times seems over written and endless. The cast remains solid, especially the good guys, who stay in character from their previous appearances, but by book five with all those nasty elements tossed at them one must wonder about growth. Though not as good as David Drake's military science fiction, fans of the series will appreciate GODDESS OF THE ICE REALM, just set aside plenty of extra time.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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