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 braving 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 the 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.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Series:||Recluce Series , #1|
|Edition description:||Library - Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.80(d)|
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There's a handful of publishers that, if I see their seal on something, I'll read it, even if I don't end up liking it, because it normally falls down the path of things I do like. Tor is one of them. So when I spontaneously got the 20th anniversary edition of The Magic of Recluce in the mail from them, I knew I had to eventually sit down and take a peek. I had no idea what it was about, other than that it was high fantasy; I hadn't heard about it from other people, didn't look into it, didn't even look at the star rating on Goodreads. I just sat down and read it. The problem with The Magic of Recluce is that it takes a while to get into. The world itself makes the story interesting enough to keep going -- I wanted to learn more about chaos and Recluse and blackmagic and order -- but Lerris starts the story as unrelatable and unlikable, and none of the side characters stand out enough to really become attached. However, pushing through that section pays off -- Lerris' character grows, his mountain pony is the best part of the story, and the world becomes even more interesting. I like the setup and the way magic works and the surprisingly feminist ideologies at some points for a book published over twenty years ago. (A fantasy with women leading an army? Hell yeah!) For high fantasy fans who enjoy a good world, I'd say to pick it up; for anybody else, though, it would take a while to get into with little payoff at the end. Though the setup for the rest of the series is interesting, it functions just as well as a standalone, so I have no need to pick up the rest of the books.
This is one of my ultimate favorite books to read, and that's hard to say because I read a lot. This is not an easy read but is really worth while I have read it five or six times and love it.
The world is torn between order and chaos. On the island Recluce, order rules to the absolute degree superseding individual liberties. Teenage Lerris bounces between undesirable ennui and unhealthy questioning. His skeptical interrogation for truth has the Brotherhood black wizards believing he has the potential of becoming a high level wizard or otherwise permanent exile. Though doubting his skills, he accepts the mission of learning the chaos in the worlds outside of his homeland. Lerris leaves the island content for war ravaged chaotic Candar where in Freetown he is pronounced as a rogue wizard subject to assassination. Antonin the white chaos wizard tries to kill the stunned teen, but he escapes using his black order magic. Justen the grey wizard mentors the lad but he flees when he learns the grey wizards steal souls. He reaches Fenard where he becomes an apprentice to an ailing incompetent but kind woodworker Destrin and takes over making the business successful for his teacher and the family. As his skills develop, Lerris knows he must go home. This is a twentieth anniversary reprinting of the first Saga of Recluce fantasy. The story line holds up well as the Modesitt magical system remains logical between the whites of chaos, the black of order and the greys of chaos and order. The coming of age adventure stars a young hero who learns life lessons in accountability and responsibility for others. Although an anticipated final wizards' duel between Lerris and Antonin never quite achieves the expected level, fans will appreciate the opening act of order vs. chaos vs. order-chaos. Harriet Klausner