Natural Ordermage (Recluce Series #14)

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. begins a new Recluce story in Natural Ordermage, the first of two volumes set mostly on the continent of Hamor, far across the sea from Recluce.

Rahl, a young apprentice scrivener on the island of Recluce, likes life to work out in his favor. And he has a bad attitude, too. To make sure things go his way, he uses a small amount of order magic in opportunistic moments--but his abilities are starting to get the attention of the Council magisters. So the Council...

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Overview

L. E. Modesitt, Jr. begins a new Recluce story in Natural Ordermage, the first of two volumes set mostly on the continent of Hamor, far across the sea from Recluce.

Rahl, a young apprentice scrivener on the island of Recluce, likes life to work out in his favor. And he has a bad attitude, too. To make sure things go his way, he uses a small amount of order magic in opportunistic moments--but his abilities are starting to get the attention of the Council magisters. So the Council sends him to the mages training school for testing, and through misuse of his powers, which are getting stronger all the time, he gets himself banished to the continent and empire of Hamor.

As an exile in Hamor, working in the Ordermage Council's import and export business, Rahl's powers increase more--and so does the amount of trouble he can get into.

Welcome to the fantasy world of L. E. Modesitt, where the adventure is just beginning.

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The Saga of Recluce continues in this compelling story about an an impetuous ordermage who bucks authority. Because of this defective attitude, the youthful Rahl is banished from Recluce to Hamor, a continent across the sea. Exile does not bring instant wisdom to this apprentice scrivener, but his magical powers do escalate at an almost dizzying rate. The first of two volumes set mainly in Hamor, Natural Ordermage embodies all the elements that have made L. E. Modesitt Jr. such a fantasy favorite.
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Recluce fans may well devour this book at one sitting, and eagerly await its sequel.

Modesitt renders the people and places of Recluce and Hamor . . . with diligent attention to detail.

"Can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. Readers new to Recluce as well as fans of the series will both enjoy this tale."

Publishers Weekly

Modesitt's 14th novel of the island-continent Recluce (after 2004's Ordermaster) introduces Rahl, a short-tempered but diligent copyist with a knack for wielding a truncheon. These skills prove vital when he's banished to the distant continent of Hamor for mouthing off to the ordermages who are trying to teach him to control his unusual abilities. As Rahl explores the cities of Nylan and Swartheld and endures assault, a memory-erasing drug and a second exile to the coal mines of Luba, his natural sense of order increases, but his quick anger and recklessness lead him into a series of blunders from which he only barely recovers. Though Rahl mostly manages to stay a sympathetic character, readers may grow impatient with his tendency to shoot himself in the foot. Modesitt renders the people and places of Recluce and Hamor somewhat humorlessly but with diligent attention to detail, treading the narrow line between exquisite world-building and overbearing verbosity. (Sept.)

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VOYA - Marsha Valance
Rahl, an apprentice scrivener in the island of Recluce's hinterland, is a self-centered teenager who glides through life, enjoying himself while avoiding responsibility and expending the least possible effort. By using small amounts of order magic to smooth his way, he attracts the attention of a Council magister. Sent to the Nylan mageschool, he finds their instruction incomprehensible, for Rahl learns by doing and not by reading and reasoning. This makes him dangerous in the eyes of the Recluce mages, who exile him to Hamor. While clerking for the Nylan Merchant Association in Swartheld, he becomes suspicious of his supervisor's dealings. Attacked, memory erased, he is sold to the mines. Selected as a clerk for the mage-guard, Rahl is aided by a teacher who understands his learning style and becomes a mage-guard himself. Assigned to Swartheld, where he survives another attack, Rahl uncovers a coup against the Hamoran emperor. In this fourteenth novel of The Saga of Recluse, Modesitt's subtext is how order serves commerce and how the desire for a peaceful, pleasant life can limit one's worldview. As the newly matured Rahl develops awareness of his society's historic underpinnings and present operation, so does the reader. Modesitt once more gives the reader a hero who must conform to survive, but does so without surrendering his own inner truth. As always, Modesitt's newest chapter is a worthwhile addition to any young adult collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765357755
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Series: Recluce Series, #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 211,664
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (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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    ...i'm not good enough to be your bf i'm goint to...to comite suicide in rp and rl... bye i will love and miss you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Well Done!

    L.E.Modesitt writes a story with a style similar to a couple of other top notch writers. His story line is easy to follow and flows well without bogging the reader down. The action level stays high enough to entice the reader to keep reading from cover to cover. His characters are well fleshed out and easy to remember. Sometimes the story lines become a little too predictable, but the characters and action levels will keep the reader enthralled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    Modesitt continues to write in an entertaining but realistic manner. Granted that the settings are fantasy but when one adapts to the fantasy setting, the flow of the tale is realistic and relates to the real world. I will admit that this is not as good a story as some of his other works, but it rates a strong recommendation. Fiction has to be entertaining and this work is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

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    I have to say that Natural Ordermage is not like the rest. It has a lot of the same plot points that consistent with earlier books but the character development lacks a great deal. The entire book shows Rahl struggling with the world as it's always the world's fault for things that happen and not his. This theme could of been summed up much more quickly but dragged on and on. I have wanted to know more about Hamor since book 1 and got a peek but hunger for more. I would like to see Rahl grow as a character and bring us along on his adventures back to Recluce and around Hamor. That's what I'm hoping for:)

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    On the island of Recluse, master scribe Kian mentors his apprentice younger son Rahl his older offspring Kacet is a member of the Guards of the council stationed at Reflin. Unbeknownst to Kian, to avoid hassles and make life easier on himself, Rahl serendipitously uses tiny doses of order magic when he thinks the time deems to do so. However, his efforts to conceal his illegal use prove futile as the Council magisters trace his misuse back to him. The council has Rahl tested to ascertain the strength of his ability and why the rules of magic seem not to apply to him. Between his impulsive youthful temper and his seemingly out of control skill, the Council exiles him across the sea to the wilds of Hamor a place where he will either learn to control himself and his order magical usage working on export-import trade or die. Either outcome is acceptable to the Council. --- Although NATURAL BORDERMAGE is listed as the fourteenth Saga of Recluse tale, the novel mostly takes place on Hamor. This location switch to an apparently less civilized place brings freshness to the L.E. Modesitt, Jr. environs. The story line is a coming of age fantasy starring a fascinating youngster who just wants order in what he perceives is a WELLSPRING OF CHAOS. Although well written, the book is the first of two novels so that the climax is more a set up to the sequel even as the hero becomes more adept with magic, his ability to land in trouble also increases (strong correlation between the independent variable of skill level and the dependent variable trouble he is in). --- Harriet Klausner

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