The Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1)

The Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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The Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

"An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world." —Robert Jordan, New York Times Bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® series

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses dangergeld.

When Lerris is sent into intensive training for his quest, it soon becomes clear that he has a natural talent for magic. And he will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. Though it goes against all of his instincts, Lerris must learn to use his powers in an orderly way before his wanderjahr, or fall prey to Chaos.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce are among the most popular in contemporary fantasy. Each novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other books in the series, to deepen and enhance the reading experience. Rich in detail, the Recluce books are a feast of wondrous marvels.

Saga of Recluce

#1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of Sunset / #3 The Magic Engineer / #4 The Order War / #5 The Death of Chaos / #6 Fall of Angels / #7 The Chaos Balance / #8 The White Order / #9 Colors of Chaos / #10 Magi’i of Cyador / #11 Scion of Cyador / #12 Wellspring of Chaos / #13 Ordermaster / #14 Natural Order Mage / #15 Mage-Guard of Hamor / #16 Arms-Commander / #17 Cyador’s Heirs / #18 Heritage of Cyador /#19 The Mongrel Mage (forthcoming)

Story Collection: Recluce Tales

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Imager Portfolio

The Corean Chronicles

The Spellsong Cycle

The Ghost Books

The Ecolitan Matter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812505184
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/28/1992
Series: Recluce Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 119,609
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.38(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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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The Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this is fantasy for people who want to think, not those who just want to escape. Modesitt offers several items that are not common in fantasy, but that work well, including a hero that still has to work to put food on the table, moral dilemmas that feel real, and a magic system that is both unique and still understandable. This is most definitely not 'lite' fantasy, but it is very satisfying when you get to the end.
cak57 More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! I highly recommend this book to any fantasy lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Modesitt's first book provides us with an introduction into a world not so different from our own. His characters laugh and cry as we all do. The most intriguing portion of the book, though, is the complex system of magic he has developed. For there is Order and Chaos and the Balance in between.
JonMoss More than 1 year ago
Excellent world building and superb magic system with an annoyingly dense but affable young adult protagonist on a quest. Lerris is 'the chosen one' but for all the wrong reasons or completely mysterious hidden reasons until he's painted himself into a corner with his fumbling choices. Lerris isn't burdened with a prophecy, but he resists the status quo of Recluce. Lerris is just your typical young adult with attention deficit disorder (i.e., he's bored and finds everything boring), but Recluce doesn't prescribe Ritalin. Somewhat like extreme Amish, Recluce peacefully forces their misfits to either exile permanently or go on dangergeld (similar to rumspringa but with a quest attached), during which they must decide if they can return to Recluce and succumb to its creed and worldview (seeking perfection in Order). This novel follows Lerris on his journey as a dangergelder until he understands all that Recluce embodies and effects, and reaches his decision. If you are looking for a story with character growth, Lerris' journey as an exile from Recluce will fit that bill. If you are looking for a new fantasy world with a detailed history, divergent societies, a logical robust magic system, with a different spin on the age-old struggle between angels and demons, good and evil, black and white, order and chaos, then you've come to the right story and series. Modesitt's Recluce series reminds me of Asimov's robot stories. He sets up a scenario with some basic, seemingly simple rules (for example, Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics and Modesitt's Order/Chaos balance system as glimpsed through snippets of The Basis of Order) and proceeds to challenge those rules with his world and its characters. While each novel adds a piece of the broader puzzle, for the most part, like this first one, the books stand alone quite well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book, story was entertaining, however, use of onomatopoeia becomes annoying with sound effects for many minor details ''click' I closed the door.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I LOVE LERRIS AND YOU REALLY FEEL LIKE HE IS REAL! THE BOOK IS VIVID AND THE MAGIC SYSTEM IS SPECIAL! I ENJOY HOW WHITE IS BAD AND BLACK IS GOOD, SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO THE WORLD OF MAGIC BOOK! I RELLY RECOMEND IF YOU LOVE A GREAT STORY WITH MAGIC, A QUEST TO FIND ONES SELF, AND A GREAT CHARACTER! IF YOU LOVED WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN, YOU SHOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK, BUT EVEN THOUGH THIS BOOK IS NOT AS GOOD AS WoT, IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reallly believe that this book got me hooked on L.E. Modesitt, JR. I have enjoyed his writing for several years and have collected many of his books. Good author and excellent characterizations.
blueshield More than 1 year ago
Seldom is such a well written book produced, but even less frequently in the genre of fantasy as we get more then our share of pulp style novels. This series is great, but this the first book in particular is a real gem. The main character is thoughtful and sincere and you come to feel his personal struggles as he tries to do what he feels is right in the face of many wrongs done by the Chaos Wizards and institutionally by his own people. Perhaps most importantly this book addresses moral points concerning society and people's responsibility within it. This book is not an easy read by any means. It has plenty of action, but doesn't try to speed you along to the finish like it's a race. It's thought provoking and enjoyable from beginning to end. The perfect kind of book to enjoy while sitting around drinking cocoa on a snowy winter's day. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great beginning to a great series.
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This is the first book to one of my favorite series!
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lorisfay More than 1 year ago
L. E. Modesitt, JR. Writes a complete book with a beginning and ending. His books are long too not a couple hundred pages and you have to buy the next one to find out what happened. They will keep you up late reading. I am reading the third book in this series and will get all his other books.
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kames More than 1 year ago
A great read for fantasy lovers every where. It had some slow parts in the beginning but I got through them hoping it would pick up and it did very well.
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