The Legions of Fire

The Legions of Fire 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 late

  • Title: The Legions of Fire
  • Author: David Drake
  • ISBN: 9780765320780
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 alloFrom 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.

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    2 thoughts on “The Legions of Fire

    1. David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.

    2. I have read and liked many of David Drake’s science fiction novels. This was the first of his fantasy novels I read, and it will, however, likely be the last.The first thing that bothered me in the book was the city name. Carce IS Rome. Calling it by another name was just annoying.The second thing which bothered me was the excruciatingly slow start to the book. I was almost a third of the way through before it became clear that there really was going to be a plot; and that there was a point to [...]

    3. This one I started and put down many times but after the superb Into the Hinterlands I decided to give it a final spin - either read it and go to the next or drop the series; the fantasy 30AD Rome of the setting is very intriguing and David Drake is always very dependable to write good historical stuff with no anachronisms (especially of the social kind that are so often encounters in modern books about Rome who take our values and mindset there).His using Carce instead of Rome but keeping every [...]

    4. OK - I need to do a full disclosure before I comment on this book. I am a very literal guy. I don’t go in for allegories, hidden meanings, or ‘the author was saying this to represent that’.In college I read Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’. My take: a somewhat boring tale of a trip down the Congo River. The professor’s take: the author is exploring man’s inner blah blah blah. How in the hell did she figure that out?Now, for the “Legions of Fire’ - I have read a number of David Dr [...]

    5. Pros: great characters, excellent world-building, interesting plot Cons: a few distracting word choicesThe magician Nemastes takes advantage of the superstitious senator Saxa and casts a spell in the man’s house. That spell interrupts the poetry reading of Saxa’s son Gaius Varus, and turns the young man into an unwitting pawn of Nemastes’s enemies. Also pulled into the spell’s influence are Varus’s sister, Alphena, who practices swordplay, even though it’s not a womanly art; his new, [...]

    6. I like the ideas Mr. Drake puts forth, but the whole thing progresses slowly, it feels like a road trip through some lush and vibrant tourist area 10mph. Nice for a bit then you just wonder if you can speed things up to get to the next attraction. Also a fan that doesn't use England and Arthurian legend as the basics for a fantasy world.I might give another of David's fantasy yarns a try. Like I said I like what he was going for, but the pacing (Among other things) kinda ate at my will to contin [...]

    7. I wanted more explanation about the mystical events and creatures. I'm willing to reserve judgment until I've read a little further in the series. Perhaps the gaps will fill in.

    8. The Legions of Fire tells a tale set in another universe- a few over from our own- split off from the ancient western civilizations of our own continuum in that Rome never rose past a village but another town- Carce- rose in it's place. In this universe magic is as real as science, and much of the history of Carce matches that of our Rome. A fine place to set a tale such as this one.This is a tale of four people- two young women and two young men. People going about their lives- a young woman wh [...]

    9. I've come to think of David Drake as a fairly good fantasy writer and a really terrific science fiction writer, so I approached this first volume of a new series more or less wishing that the characters on the cover had on space suits rather than togas. However, I was most pleasently surprised and enjoyed the story very much. The characters are a family and a few friends and the book reminded me more than anything of Christopher Stasheff's wonderful Warlock books a much, much darker world than S [...]

    10. This is my first foray into David Drake, who is one of the more prolific science fiction/fantasy writers on Earth, apparently. Not sure why I've never read him, as I've seen his stuff. I've just never had the inclination. I was in the library, the other day, between books, and spotted this on the "New" shelf. It looked interesting, and I needed something to read, so I picked it up. I'm happy that I did. It was a little slow developing, but once he'd introduced the main characters, it really star [...]

    11. This was a New Year's gift from Chris Swanson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though perhaps for the wrong reasons - the writing isn't great, nor is the plot particularly lucid. But it is set in an alternate-history world in which Rome is replaced with a city called Carce, and is set during the Principate. The alternate-history world is on a collision course with more magical worlds, seemingly based on Norse mythology. Drake does a good job of understanding Rome, even an alternate-Rome, and of weaving [...]

    12. I, like some of the other folks with written reviews, picked this book up as a "bargain bin" type read. And after forcing myself through a rather plodding first 40 or so pages, the story began to flow and I found myself enjoying a very different take on the genre. I've read alternate history, and I've read more than my fair share of Fantasy works, and the aside from the pacing (clearly a lot of character arc's that needed explaining) early in the book, I was rather pleased. I will be following u [...]

    13. Excellent pseudo-historical fantasy. Set in "Carce", which isn't eve a thinly disguised Rome of the Empire period, The Legions of Fire blends Greco-Roman and Norse mythologies in a heroic fantasy of Apocalypse-averted. I'd just finished Lord of the Isles, and was disappointed that, for all the great reviews it's received, I didn't find it up to the standards of his SF work. This book certainly meets, if not surpasses, those standards.

    14. Drake made the mistake of labeling it an "altnerative history fantasy" to Rome. Except he used literal geopolitics of that time and literal classical labels, only changing "Rome" to "Carce." Unfortunately, it also contained a lot of the degeneracy of ancient Rome, thus showing, perhaps unwittingly, that Christianity is superior and paving the way for the rise of the German over that of the Roman.

    15. In brief: Drake creates a fantastic world of feel-it-in-your-bones magic, a great, great sphinx duel, and some quite interesting characters atop a richly layered, well-researched, might as well be speaking Latin it's so authentic ancient "not Rome". First in a series; fantastic cover artwork of Trajan's column (plus bonus surprises).

    16. I gave up on it about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way through. Almost nothing had happened, and what had happened made no sense. None of the characters were particularly appealing. There are some other reviews on the site that cover this much better so I'll leave it to them.

    17. Characters who are, well, characters. Who knew that stodgy old Romans (Carceans, in this series) could be so exciting? This book is full of unlikely heroes, who perform amazing actions. It left me impatient to read the next book.

    18. Probably deserves one star, but I didn't really *dislike* it - I just didn't care enough about either the characters or the plot to finish it. 3/4 of the way through, and I can't be bothered to read the last pages.

    19. Predictable, I hate it when I know what's happening before I get there. I think Drake spends too much time worrying about fancy verbiage and style and too little on plot and creativity. It's the first thing of his I read. I'm on the second in this series but I'm not really impressed.

    20. A new world for David Drake (roman not greek) but a similare experience as with the Lord of the Isles series. I find that I hate his character setups (please show don't tell and don't tell me what to think) but, once the action starts, I get pulled in and can't put it down.

    21. Fantastical mixing of Norse/Germanic and Roman mythology in an alternatively named Roman society. First in a series, next up water.

    22. First sentence, "Corylus had ordered Pulto to wear a toga because he thought that he'd need his servant to swell the audience for the poetry reading by his friend and classmate Varus."

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