The Towers of the Sunset (Recluce Series #2)

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Modesitt returns to the world of his bestseller The Magic of Recluce with a new magical fantasy adventure prequel. Set centuries earlier, this new work tells the story of the founding of the magical society on the island of Recluce. "Another charmer."--Publishers Weekly. HC: Tor.

Last year, Modesitt burst onto the fantasy scene with The Magic of Recluce, called by Robert Jordan "an intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world, with characters who catch you up." Now ...

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Overview

Modesitt returns to the world of his bestseller The Magic of Recluce with a new magical fantasy adventure prequel. Set centuries earlier, this new work tells the story of the founding of the magical society on the island of Recluce. "Another charmer."--Publishers Weekly. HC: Tor.

Last year, Modesitt burst onto the fantasy scene with The Magic of Recluce, called by Robert Jordan "an intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world, with characters who catch you up." Now Modesitt returns to the world of Recluce to tell the tale of the founding of the land of Recluce, and the rise of Order magic.

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"A complex world based on a plausible system of magic." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613225151
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: Recluce Series , #2
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 4.46 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.35 (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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Can you see how the pieces fit together? Not just the visible ones, like the towers of the sunset, but those unseen, like the heart of a man or the soul of a wizard.

Not that you will believe. Patterns work that way, for each individual is captured by her patterns, even as she must reconcile them.

The lady named Megaera, if indeed merely that, sees all the patterns, yet for all she sees and says, for all the truth in the Legend, logic and the towers fail. Logic indeed is a frail structure to hold a reality that must encompass both order and chaos, especially when Black supports order and White is the sign of chaos.

Even logic must fall to understanding, to those who can laugh at their chains and shatter chaos and upend order, even more so than the so-called gods and those who call upon them. Or the Furies that followed the fallen angels of Heaven.

Has there been a god in Candar? Did the angels in truth fall upon the Roof of the World? How true is the Legend? The patterns supply no answers, but any story must start somewhere, even if its beginning seems like the ending of another tale, or the middle of a third epic. And patterns never tell the entire story, the order-masters and the chaos-masters notwithstanding.

As for the towers of the sunset…

Though the musician has seen them—the towers of the sunset—rearing above the needle peaks of the west, who has dwelt there?

Another look and they are no more, just towering cumuli-nimbi, strafing the foothills with the lashes of the gods. In the gold light of morning, the rivulets of ice would verify the anger of…?

What does a house tell of its builder? A sword of its owner? Or of those who stop to admire the lines of each?

The musician smiles briefly. That is all he can do. That, and bring to music what his eyes have seen, for he will sing to the Marshall of Westwind, ruler of the Roof of the World, about the towers of the sunset.

Who else looks at the towers of the sunset? Who built them? The angels of Heaven? The musician knows no answers except those of his music, and of his heart, which lies colder than the strings of the guitar he bears with him.

Suffice it to say that the castle is called Westwind…founded by a long-dead captain: Ryba, from the swift ships of Heaven.

Her many-time daughter's son—but that is the story to come

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Copyright © 1992 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Where's the First book

    In The Towers of the Sunset I didn't know what was going on I figured the main character from the first book was going to be the main character in the second one but I guess I was wrong I enjoyed the book greatly I just like the main character in the Magic of Recluce book better Great book tho recomend it to fantasy lovers all over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Complex and Mysterious. This explains the origin of Recluse.

    For those interested in Recluse, this is almost a "must read". These is plenty of action, and lots of delving into motivations.
    I plan to read the rest of the series, and am also interested on the Corean Chronicles.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Excellent

    Wonderful and thought provoking series...

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    I just finished this book and I can not wait to read the rest of

    I just finished this book and I can not wait to read the rest of the series!

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    The Saga of Recluce, a great read

    so far, four books into the series, i find it much better than the sword of truth series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Have read all of Recluce...This is the best!

    I have read all thirteen books in the 'Recluce' series and while I hate elevating one above the others, 'Towers of Sunset' is far and away the best. The story of Creslin helps to illustrate that one should always push themselves in order to attain what is desired, even if what is desired is for generations to come. The only negative comment I have for this book is that Creslin is one of two characters in the 'Recluce' series that only gets one book (the other being Dorrin from book 3). The 'Saga of Recluce' only affords one book to its founder, which seems odd! I reccomend this book to any who enjoy rich, detailed fantasy that remains somewhat more realistic in nature. The Towers of Sunset will not dissapoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Possibly the Weakest of the Recluse Series

    This book, which details the founding of Recluse (from the Magic of Recluse), is good, but not my favorite, though I can't really put my finger on why. However, if you are reading the Recluse series, this book gives important information about the history of Recluse, and so you shouldn't skip it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    modesitt fan

    i truly enjoyed all of modesitt's books. after finishing his spellsong cycle series (a must read) i looked for more, and found the magic of recluce. i loved it. i then picked up this one, and appreciated the background history. i think with this series you need to know what happened previously, for customs and factual sort of things, but each saga is self-inclusive. the characters are all different. i like that. it makes it more fun to read. i'm now reading the third and absolutely love it. my favorite yet. can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    Annoying style

    I read this book a few years ago, and I found the author's writing style to be very annoying. I love epic fantasy, and I thought the overall story was okay, but Modesitt wrote everything in the present tense, and included a lot of annoying details like people relieving themselves. If you're interested in reading a book by this author, I'd suggest that you go to the bookstore and read the first chapter or two before you buy. I won't read another!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Loved it!

    Loved it, little confused in beginning but loved it! Tells of background of Recluse... More about the founding of it then anything else. Can't wait to get my hands on the third book.

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