Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)
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Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

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by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
     
 

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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

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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 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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“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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812538953
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
07/15/1997
Series:
Recluce Series, #6
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
489,584
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.32(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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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.

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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Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
UR12 More than 1 year ago
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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Althor18 More than 1 year ago
Excellent series..loved it all and I am on Book #11 now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting and kept my interest. The characters were some of the best in the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.