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Scion of Cyador (Recluce Series #11) [NOOK Book]

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Scion of Cyador continues the story begun in Magi'i of Cyador. Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier.

Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to ...
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Overview


Scion of Cyador continues the story begun in Magi'i of Cyador. Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier.

Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer . . . perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals. Too much success has made him a marked man. When he returns to his home, both he and his young family become targets while all of Cyad is in upheaval over the death of the Emperor.

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This bestselling. and long-running (eleven book) fantasy series continues full throttle. In this sequel to Magi'i of Cyador, lancer officer Lorn finds himself victimized by his own youthful prowess. Only the death of the Emperor sets him and all of Cyad back on a healthy path. Intricate, realistic and consistently plotted, Modesitt's cycle continues to attract new fans.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in the fantasy series the Saga of Recluse and following the characters featured in Magi'i of Cyador, this novel advances the story of Lorn. He is a brilliant man from a respected family who uses his combined prowess as a talented soldier and a magical adept to foresee problems slightly before they occur and then ruthlessly deal with them, so they don't cause worse catastrophes. He's aided in his quest to keep his beloved city of Cyador safe by his magical use of a looking glass in which he can see what his enemies and loved ones are doing. His helpmate and consort, Ryalth, is a singular and exceptionally talented woman, the head of her own merchant house, a rarity for a female in Cyador. Her advice is a constant source of aid and inspiration to Lorn. Making life more precarious is the failure of the magic in the towers that power the army's lances. Also, Cyador's emperor is dying, and he hasn't yet picked a successor. As the story progresses, Lorn becomes ever more able as a commander and magician, and the challenges he faces grow in scope as scores of political enemies, hordes of barbarians and various ever deadlier assassins threaten him and his family. Though the outcome of who will be the next emperor of Cyador is never in doubt, Modesitt meticulously catalogues the details that go into Lorn's rise to greatness. Military buffs should enjoy the stupidity of the army's decisions, while marveling at the fantastic swath one heroic man armed with a magic mirror can cut through politics. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
VOYA
In this fourth book in Modesitt's Recluce saga to be told from Chaos's viewpoint, narration is in the person of mirror lancer Lorn, who is still a junior officer attempting to understand how his homeland functions. Readers met Lorn and his mage family in Magi'i of Cyador (Tor, 200/VOYA August 2000), witnessing his dismissal from the White Order and his progress within the lancers. Readers' understanding of Chaos society deepened along with his, as Lorn survived attacks by barbarians, wild beasts, plotting supervisors, and assassins to wed his Trader beloved. As he moves from over-captain in a trading port to sub-majer in a frontier fort to majer in Cyad itself, Lorn observes how Cyador changes. The rising merchant families want lower tariffs, but the mirror lancers need more funds for armament to defend the frontier, and the mages oppose any change that will lessen their power. Readers also witness, through Modesitt's typically multilayered story, the fast-paced adventure of Lorn's rise in the mirror lancers. While Lorn works to keep Cyador viable, backing the development of steam engines to replace the dying Chaos towers, he must foil the political plotting of merchants, mages, and lancers. As the fast-paced novel races toward a bloody coup in the streets of the White City, readers anxiously race to discover if Lorn can protect his family and preserve his homeland and its people. This superb novel merits a place on the shelves of every library serving young adults. As in all Modesitt's work, the deeper one reads, the more one is forced to think, pondering with Lorn the question posed by his father, "What is the origin of power?" VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being anybetter written; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2000, Tor, 640p. Ages 16 to Adult. Reviewer: Marsha Valance VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
Library Journal
Lacking the blind commitment necessary for the calling of a mage, Lorn'alt joins the Mirror Lancers of Cyador and quickly rises in the ranks through his tactical brilliance and willingness to break the rules. With success, however, comes rivalry--and as his land undergoes turmoil, Lorn and his family become targets for a host of enemies. Modesitt's latest novel in the "Recluce" series portrays the transformation of a talented young man into a determined and deadly warrior who struggles to maintain his compassion in the face of war's horrors. The author displays a rare talent for portraying the day-to-day affairs of a vividly detailed world in which chaos and order form a dynamic duality. A good choice for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
The 11th in Modesitt's Saga of Recluce fantasy series, this one conceptually and chronologically hard on the heels of Magi'i of Cyador (p. 344). What else do you need to know? Still, the question nags: why do authors indulge themselves in such inordinately huge, never-ending series? Aside from publishers, who have their own agenda, and fans, who like what they like, let's speculate: (1) because modern speech-recognition software has made it all too easy; (2) today's editors would commit hara-kiri rather than actually edit something; (3) like a golfer's yips, once you've had Doorstopper Syndrome, you've got it; (4) the million-word barrier proves an irresistible challenge; etc.. . .
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"Military buffs should enjoy the stupidity of the army's decisions, while marveling at the fantastic swath one heroic man armed with a magic mirror can cut through politics." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429913836
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Recluce Series , #11
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 41,794
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


L.E. Modesitt, Jr. lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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If Cyador be the paradox of Candar, and supporting that paradox be indeed the duty of each of the Magi'i of the Quarter, then how must each magus approach that duty so as to support the way to the Steps of Paradise?
One scholar magus might say, "Support the Emperor of Light, for he is the one who must balance the Mirror Lancers and the Magi'i against each other, and against the growing might of the merchanter clans, who know but the greed for gold and the pleasures of the moment."
A magus who tends the chaos-towers might declare, "Take care that the chaos-towers endure while they may, for without the towers, Cyador is no more than any other land set upon our world."
Still another might claim, "Set forth rules for the Magi'i that they may lead all by their example and purity of devotion to chaos and the people who revere it."
For all that the Magi'i descended from those of the Rational Stars, the ways in which the duty of a magus could be set forth are myriad, and like unto chaos itself, often resembling itself, yet never the same and always changing. Each magus, from the most to the least devoted, will have a vision of that duty. Some will hold that by increasing their personal mastery of chaos, they will serve Cyador, the Magi'i, and chaos in the best fashion possible. Others will declare that mastery of chaos must always serve others first, for the magus who places himself before duty will always be corrupted into believing that what is good for him is good for all.
Yet neither be right, for a magus who serves only others will fly from one master to another, for each who asks of him becomes a master. A magus who elevates his mastery above all, would make all others his servant. Thus, a magus must be neither master nor servant, but one who walks the narrow path between. A magus without dedication to chaos will have no soul, and one who worships it blindly, no sense.
That dilemma sets forth the true paradox of the Magi'i, that we must master chaos without being mastered by it…
Paradox of Empire
Bern'elth, Magus First
Cyad, 157 A.F.

Copyright © 2000 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
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Interviews & Essays

Not Your Typical Fantasy: A Message From L. E. Modesit, Jr.

Scion of Cyador is the sequel to Magi'i of Cyador and chronicles the adventures of Lorn and his merchanter consort Ryalth. Standard adventure fantasy in a fascinating world -- right? Not exactly. Yes, there are battles against the barbarians, but every battle Lorn wins creates more enemies among his superiors and creates greater danger for his merchanter consort, whose rivals have been profiting from the previous endless and inconclusive battles. Yes, there is magic, but each use must be measured and calculated, and overuse can kill the user. Yes, there is intrigue behind every action, but all sides use intrigue to preserve what they see as the power of Cyador. Yes, there is a rigid military structure dedicated to preserving the status-quo, but the lancer senior officer who dislikes Lorn most intensely is paradoxically the fairest and most far-sighted.

While basically ethical, Lorn is darker and more calculating than most of my leading characters. To survive in a world where every action can be seen by mages in a glass he has to be. Yet he is intensely loyal to his consort, his family, and his land. He will not ask of others what he will not give, but he asks so much of himself that few others can or will match his dedication. He can be almost foolhardy, when the moment is right, or extraordinarily patient, when it is not. To outsiders, he appears formal, almost cold; he is anything but cold.

Lorn also has to deal with the hardest ethical question anyone with power must face: Does he act before the evils he faces are obvious to others, and risk condemnation and death as being an arrogant sociopath, or wait until disaster unfolds before acting in order to gather popular support and acclaim, even if such acclaim will lead to the destruction of Cyador within years?

Ryalth is no less complex. Often depicted by her enemies as ruthless, she is the first woman to found a full-fledged trading house in centuries, and becomes one of the most successful of traders, yet reads suppressed and forbidden poetry. She will ask for nothing, but give everything to those she loves and those she finds worthy. She disdains empty gestures, yet uses position and symbolism most effectively. Everyone in Cyador comes to know who she is, but almost nothing of what she is.

Together, they can preserve an empire for generations -- or topple it within years.

And that's what Scion of Cyador is all about. I hope you enjoy it. --L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Great Read and highly recommended

    It is amazing that L.E. Modesitt can continually spin such amazing stories that flow one upon another with such vivid continuity. In each of his books he builds characters that over time through a path of discovery and growth manage to find their talents that are not always the same but hinge on either the power of chaos or order or a combination of the two. The author takes you on a journey through lands filled with sight, sound and smells. Villains, despots, heros, are a few of those who ramble through the pages to fill the read with excitement. Of course there is usually a romantic twist in the mix but not overdone but fits nicely into the story.

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    Great conclusion Great conclusion -

    Great conclusuon to the Mage Guard of Hamor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Wow!

    I do not write reviews much and so far all the books of the recluse saga have only been okay for me. Enough to keep reading but never something I thought exceptional.

    Until this book. I prefer the order side of things and have never really cared for the chaos story aspects but in this book, I could not stop reading. From beginning to the end it grips you and makes you not want to put it down. There are plenty if ups and downs and always you just have to know what happens next.

    Truely an amazing book. Love all the poems as well and will have to get them all written down some where. I haven't checked what the next book holds but I think Lorns story is told and now that makes me sad as I want to follow more if him than ever. Just remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Love this series!

    Tell Mr. Modesitt to write more Recluse books, love to read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    everything you could want

    This book involves well discribed battles, scheming, politics and trading. It is quite realistic and I would recomend it to any reader who enjoys this type of book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    An exhilarating read!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book recaptures the action and excitement of Towers of the Sunset and Modesitt's science fiction books! Lorn is a much deeper and darker character than most of the Recluce saga heroes and I appreciated the change. If you like boring, meandering fantasy novels then this in not for you! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Excellent

    A really great book

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