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by L. E. Modesitt

With the founding of the world of the Recluse and the rise in the discipline of Order Magic, battling wizards, love, and politics mix in a tale that climaxes in a final battle on land and sea
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ISBN: 0606196714
ISBN13: 978-0606196710
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: L. E. Modesitt
Language: English
Publisher: Demco Media (October 1, 2000)
ePUB size: 1876 kb
FB2 size: 1981 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 968
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For those looking for a "magic" and "wizardy" book that takes a different and refreshing angle on the whole good vs evil magic, this book is the pay off for the somewhat slow and unexciting first book (The Magic Of Recluse) that lays the ground work for the Order versus Chaos dynamic that is the magic system in this world.

While you DONT need to read the first book, it DOES help to understand some of the ways order and magic work and the consequences of both and why the "good" wizards wear black and the bad wizards wear white.

In addition to a very new take on magic, what drives this story is the action oriented "chase" aspect as well as the very subtle yet powerful love story woven in the midst of this "chaos" (pun intended)

I want to end on that, often times whats strong in fantasy books are all the magic and spectacle, dragons and crazy stuff. But what is lost is the human magic and THAT element is present even in our "non magic" world. This book does a good blend of making you believe in this amazing magic, while telling a story with compelling and human characters that find struggles and love in ways even we can relate to.

And that is magic we can all bask in
This is one of the first books I've read through by myself (yes, that may sound sad). Having an attention problem when reading normally, this book drew me in so far I couldn't get distracted even if the world was coming to an end.

Gripping story, great characters, perfect history lesson for the series as well. It may be the second book in the series (not chronologically within the storyline), but chronicles the Founders and the beginning of Recluce itself.
A nice history of the origins of Recluce as a "country". From an almost uninhabitable island to a legitimate country in less than a year is amazing with all that the white wizards do to try to stop them. It shows that revenge can backfire -- twice. Underestimating your opponent is the first step to a disastrous defeat!
This is the second book in L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s fantasy series "The Saga of Recluce." I found the opening pages the weakest: confusing, rather than intriguing. Beyond the opening pages, the first half of the book proved to be a mostly-standard fantasy adventure, with a young, mostly-likable hero facing hardship and danger. I like standard fantasy adventures, and I enjoyed it. In the second half the book turned, hooking me more deeply, both on an emotional level and in the challenges the characters confronted. I would give the first half a rating of 3 out of 5 stars, the second half 4 out of 5 stars, and will round up to 4 out of 5 stars overall, as I've liked other books by Modesitt.

[Mild spoiler alert: the hero of the book grows up in a culture where the women are the warriors and the men are viewed as the weaker sex. While this does not have the groundbreaking feel of a work like Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness," it is still worth noting.]
This book brought up my opinion of Modesitt a lot. It was much more enjoyable when written in second person and with fewer hard-to-make sound effects. The overall plot of the book was great, introducing the beginnings of Recluce as a Black wizard isle. While the evil characters could really have been developed to a greater extent, and some of the more exciting scenes seemed a little hurried, I truly enjoyed this read and am looking foward to reading the rest of LE's books.
P.S. If anyone has a hardback copy of this book, I'd really like to negotiate for it.
Cherry The Countess
A time before recluse was recluse. A man fighting destiny a woman fighting a binding stronger then life. Dive into the second book and find out how it all began. It is a good story with solid feelings and actions!
This is a great read, one of Modesitt's best. Plenty of real human emotions, well developed ethics and magic that almost seems as if it could be real. Highly recommended.
I am SO enjoying Kirby Heyborne's readings of Modesitt's well-told stories of a world where magic and steampunk mechanicals negotiate for wonderspace. Plots within and extending from volume to volume are entertaining and imaginative with lots of surprises and many appealing characters along the way. Mr. Heyborne's interpretation enhances the narratives with a surprising variety of well-voiced characters and creatively rendered sound effects true to the author's intent . Usually I find listening to "acting" rather than more traditional reading aloud to be disruptive of concentration on the words and distracting from the meaning. However, Mr. Heyborne's reading truly does bring the stories alive. I had bought the first three books in this series, but with the prospect of enjoying more of Heyborne's interpretation, I have acquired three more volumes and will probably continue to purchase more of prolific author Modesitt's tales in Audible form as long as they are read by Heyborne.