Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

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L. E. Modesitt's bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce have established a standard of entertainment in contemporary fantasy. "In Modesitt's universe, where good and evil, chaos and order, are in perpetual conflict, a young wizard finds that his destiny is to strike a balance, but at considerable personal cost. Modesitt creates a deeper and more intricate world with each volume," says Publishers Weekly. "Modesitt's elaborate and intelligent working out of a systemof magic and a system of ...

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Overview

L. E. Modesitt's bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce have established a standard of entertainment in contemporary fantasy. "In Modesitt's universe, where good and evil, chaos and order, are in perpetual conflict, a young wizard finds that his destiny is to strike a balance, but at considerable personal cost. Modesitt creates a deeper and more intricate world with each volume," says Publishers Weekly. "Modesitt's elaborate and intelligent working out of a systemof magic and a system of technology parallel to it is becoming more the lifeblood of the Recluce books with every new volume. . . . His saga continues to gain in popularity," says Booklist. Each Recluce novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other Recluce novels to deepen and enrich the reading experience.

Now in Fall of Angels, Modesitt moves deep into Recluce's past to chronicle the founding of the Empire of the Legend, the almost mythological domain ruled by woman warriors on the highland plateau of the continent of Candar. He tells the story from the point of view of Nylan, the engineer and builder whose job it is to raise a great tower on the plateau known as the Roof of the World. Here the exiled women warriors will live and survive to fulfill their destiny. Here a revolutionary new society will be born . . . if Nylan can get the tower built and defenses in place before the rulers of the lowland nations come with their armies to obliterate them all. And if Nylan can learn to control the magical powers that are growing within him.

Thus Modesitt relates the story of how magic comes into the world of Recluce, in a fantasy novel destined to please the growing Recluce audience and win new readers to the series.

Fall of Angels is the sixth book of the saga of Recluce.

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Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
The latest novel in Modesitt's Recluce series is one of the best and most accessible for readers new to the saga. It casts back in time to the founding of one of the well-established cultures of Recluce, the women warriors of Westwind. The Westwind women sprang from the mostly female crew of a crashed starship who then faced a classic situation, that of exiles from a technological culture on a pretechnological planet that holds more than a few surprises for them. Modesitt manages this version of that predicament quite well, infusing it with more action than is in most of the other Recluce yarns, as well as with a certain amount of preaching on the utility of violence. The resulting tale will hold existing series fans and probably recruit some new ones.
Kirkus Reviews
A prequel to Modesitt's fantasy series about planet Recluce with its war between Order (black magic) and Chaos (white magic) (The Death of Chaos, 1995, etc.). Here, a spaceship full of human "angels" (they're involved in a dreadful war in space against "demons") falls into another universe and is forced to land on a high plateau, the remainder of the planet being far too hot for the angels. As they struggle to survive against hostile locals wielding baffling Chaos magic, engineer Nylan must learn to control his own growing Order magic powers. The two groups are easily distinguished. The newcomers' story is recounted in the past tense, while the locals rejoice in a present-tense narrative: just one of the eccentricities in an often intriguing if fairly predictable installment.
From the Publisher
"The latest novel in Modesitt's Recluce series is one of the best and most accessible for readers new to the saga. . . . Will hold existing series fans and probably recruit some new ones." —-Booklist
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The exiled women warriors of the legendary Recluse Empire enlist the help of a male engineer with magical powers to build a great protective tower on the highland plateau of Candar where the female society can live and defend their culture. But the engineer must act quickly; the male-dominated nations of the lowlands have formed vast armies and are ready to march up the plateau--determined to obliterate the women warriors and maintain control over the continent.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812538953
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/15/1997
  • Series: Recluce Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 388,009
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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"There were angels in Heaven in those days, and there were demons, and the demons were the creators and the creation of chaos…

"In that distant battle between the fires of the demons and the ice lances of the angels, the very skies twisted in upon themselves, and the angels, who came from cold Heaven, were cast down and strewn across the stars.

"Those angels, the first and last from far Heaven, when they found the world, knew not where they were, nor could they see even the stars from whence they had come. And they descended unto the Roof of the World.

"There they built the Citadel of the Winds, the tower called Black, with those chained lightnings yet they had retained, carving unto themselves a high refuge and a reminder of their past.

"So as they had come, so earlier had come those from the lands and heritage of the demons, and those were men who believed not that women should wear blades nor speak their minds and thoughts.

"In the time of that first summer came armsmen, inspired by the demons, and there were battles across the Roof of the World, and blood…

"Thus continued the conflict between order and chaos, between those who would force order and those who would not, and between those who followed the blade and those who followed the spirit.

"Of the great ones were the angel Ryba, Nylan of the forge of order and the fires of Heaven, Saryn of the dark blades of death, and Ayrlyn of the songs.…"

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Copyright © 1996 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    A great read that leaves you waiting for the future sequel. If you have read the previous Recluse books by L.E. Modesitt it leaves you considering as you read of the possible results of the Mage using magical forces without any training or knowledge of the source of power. The rise of power by the, "Angels" on the roof of the world is interesting but somewhat disconnected from previous stories in the series. Nevertheless the growth of power by women given the societal structure of adjacent realms is a great examination of evolutionary changes that practicably could take place. As usual the author gives almost visual clarity to something as simple as a meal where given the usual suspension of disbelief can leave your mouth watering. Although a bit plodding at times eventually the goal of whatever construction Modesitt creates eventually is actualized. I always come back to the author’s works that are many in number and always find them to be a good investment in my reading experience.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    A Must Read

    Excellent series..loved it all and I am on Book #11 now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Very exciting and kept my interest. The characters were some of

    Very exciting and kept my interest. The characters were some of the best in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

    In my opinion, this is the best book of the Recluce Series. There is a nice blend of science fiction combined with fantasy which makes The Fall of Angels an outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

    This is one of the best books in the Recluce Series. The book is fast-paced and very exciting which makes this book impossible to put down. The blend of Sci-Fi and Fantasy makes this book excellent and everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2000

    What a Road Block

    In my opinion the Recluse series stops at with Fall of Angels. The Magic of Recluse was an excellent start to what could have been the next major fantasy fad, but with the introduction of spaceships and futuristic weapons my tastes ran sour. Although I will credit the author on his splendid job of taking a world through many time periods with relative ease.

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