Mistress of the Catacombs is the fourth book in David Drake‘s Lord of the Isles series. Published in 2001, it continues to deliver on the promise of the first few books. I’m not sure I have new words to describe the delightful admixture of classical influences that form this heady concoction of Roman and Greek culture and technology, Sumerian religion, and ancient Mediterranean magic. Suffice to say that it comes across with an appropriately Atlantean feel, and *itty bitty spoilers* that the various wanderings through other worlds never break the feeling of the world(s) that Drake has created. Magic is powerful and scary, and this is made clear not just by the ways in which people react to it but also through the consequences of people’s use of magic. And more than ever before in this series, Drake makes clear his own thoughts about violence as a solution to your problems.