The Magic Engineer (Recluce Series #3)

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The latest book in the saga of Recluce, this is the story of Dorrin of Recluce, blacksmith and scion of the Order magicians, who invents wonderful devices. His insights violate the rules of Order magic, so he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos--where the forces of the Chaos wizards move across the land and whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce. HC: Tor.

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Overview

The latest book in the saga of Recluce, this is the story of Dorrin of Recluce, blacksmith and scion of the Order magicians, who invents wonderful devices. His insights violate the rules of Order magic, so he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos--where the forces of the Chaos wizards move across the land and whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce. HC: Tor.

The latest book in the saga of Recluce, this is the story of Dorrin of Recluce, blacksmith and scion of the Order magicians, who invents wonderful devices. His insights violate the rules of Order magic, so he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos--where the forces of the Chaos wizards move across the land and whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is little to distinguish this newest Recluce work (after Towers of the Sunset ) from its myriad fantasy brethren. This time around, Modessit's world of Order (Black) and Chaos (White) features the plodding Dorrin, a healer/engineer who dreams of making machines and often denies what other people consider his extraordinary abilities. When the White Wizards of Chaos threaten the area of the world to which the Order-based Dorrin has been exiled to ``find himself,'' he uses his engineering talents to design and build weaponry and his dreamed-of machines. Modesitt's prose lacks the range to make his rather pedestrian narrative interesting: more than a few events are unnecessarily telegraphed to readers several chapters before they happen, and the same character often--irritatingly--described three different ways within a few paragraphs. The most effective moments are those depicting the troubled relationship between Dorrin and a woman named Liedral. There's not much else to sustain the reader. (Mar.)
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A young smith with healing talents, exiled from the land of Recluce for his desire to work with the stuff of chaos, becomes the fulcrum for a war between the forces of chaos and order. This latest novel in Modesitt's ``Recluce'' series demonstrates the author's subtle storytelling, as the everyday lives of her characters intertwine with events of epic proportions. Grand fantasy on a small scale, this intelligently crafted novel deserves consideration by most libraries.
Roland Green
In Modesitt's third novel about the island of Recluce, Dorin, a young engineer in that bastion of magical Order, is more interested in machinery than both his family and government think appropriate. His exile takes him close to the borders of the lands of Chaos, where a young wizard with more skill and time to waste than good sense has notions of founding an empire. Modesitt continues to develop the underlying concepts of Recluce with better-than-average skill; both his pacing and command of language are deserving of praise. He remains a vendor of intellectual rather than visceral pleasure, yet he has developed so much over the years that it seems even this limitation may not last forever.
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"L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is uncompromising when it comes to the effects of magic, both on the natural world and on the human heart." —-Robin Hobb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812534054
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: Recluce Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author


L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over forty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, including the Saga of Recluce series.

Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, and The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Excellent

    The entire series is an excellent read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Another great entry in an excellent series

    Although the book may seem slow at first, the pace significantly speeds up once started. This piece of the series competes with the other books in terms of action and ingenuity. The most intriguing component of this book was the introduction of steam machinery and advanced smithing, but where was this element in the first book? This book can stand alone, but makes more sense with the background of the previous two books. Overall a very smooth read, I enjoyed the entire thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Another Great Recluse Book

    Recluse is fantasy for thinkers, not 'lite' fantasy, and in this volume, Modesitt again puts together a story that feels believable... wizards that need 'day jobs' to put bread on the table, moral dilemmas, and facing the consequences of your own actions. Dorrin, a blacksmith from Recluse, has ideas about engineering, but the leaders of Recluse don't agree, so he goes off to build his machines elsewhere, which leads him to situations he didn't expect... sort of like real life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    Great Recluce Novel!

    One of the best Recluce novels. The story and the people seem so real, with doubts and fears, dreams and hopes. Dorrin is one of the more likeable of Modesitt's characters.

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