Magi'i of Cyador (Recluce Series #10)

Magi'i of Cyador (Recluce Series #10)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Overview

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Magi'i of Cyador continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy.

A diligent student of remarkable talent, Lorn lacks only the single most coveted attribute required of a Magus of Cyador: unquestionable loyalty. Too independent for his own good, Lorn is forced to become a lancer officer, and is sent to the frontier to fight off the all-too-frequent barbarian raids—a career that comes with a 50% mortality rate. His enemies don't expect him to survive . . .

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

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 / #20 Outcasts of Order / #21 The Mage-Fire War (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: 9780812579482
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/15/2001
Series: Recluce Series , #10
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.79(h) x 1.16(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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I

The man wears white trousers and a white tunic, belted with white leather and secured with a glistening white metallic buckle. His boots are white, including the thick leather soles, and his hands are encased in white gloves. The only items of color upon his body are the pair of gold starbursts—one on each of the short square collars of his tunic.

A dark-haired boy wearing shimmering gray trousers and a short-sleeved shirt of the same shimmering fabric holds the man's left hand. Both walk along a corridor. The floors, walls, and ceiling are all of white granite,

except for one window of a glass-like substance so dark it appears nearly black. The black window is on the man's right, exactly halfway between the two metal doors, each also of shimmering white metal.

When the pair reaches the window, the man halts, bends, and lifts the boy, holding him so that their heads are almost even with each other. The man inclines his head toward the dark expanse of glass. "There. There is the First Tower."

The dark-haired youth, his amber eyes shielded by the ancient dark glass, stares at the glittering trapezoid of light beyond the wall. The dark transparency filters out all that lies beyond the wall except for the blistering light that is the Tower.

"One day," says the man, "one day, Lorn'elth…you and your brother will be Magi'i of the Rational Stars. One day, you will direct the workings of Towers of Light to harness the power of chaos and to continue to bring peace and prosperity to Cyad and to all of Cyador."

Abruptly, the boy shivers, then stiffen.s, though his eyes do not leave the chaos light of the Tower.

"To be of the Magi'I—it is a long and difficult struggle." The man smiles at his son, and even his sun-golden eyes smile. "But as you grow older, you will see that it is worth the effort, for nothing compares to the glory that is Cyad, and the peace and the grace of her people."

The magus slowly lowers Lorn'elth to the polished white stone floor and takes his son's hand once more. They continue along the corridor to the second door, where the father raises his hand. A flicker of golden energy flashes from a point just beyond his gloves to the door. Then he slides the door into its recess—to his left. The two enter the second corridor, and the magus closes the door behind them.

Another window awaits them midway down the second white stone corridor.

At this window, the man again lifts his son, speaking softly as he does. "You will be the ones who will transfer the pure chaos energy from the towers to the fireships, to the firewagons, and to the firelances of Cyador. You will ensure that the fair city remains so, and that her people bless the Emperor and the Magi'i of the Rational Stars."

Serious-eyed, the boy watches through the darkened glass—not so dark as that in the first corridor—as the six-wheeled firewagon rolls silently into the shimmering enclosure that flanks the chamber holding the mighty tower. Figures scurry and remove the square cells from the rear of the vehicle, replacing them with other cells that almost glitter. Then the fire-wagon rolls out, and another rolls in and halts.

"This is the heart of Cyad, and Cyador, and it can be yours, Lorn'elth." The father lowers his son once more. "It will be yours."

The two return as they came, their heavy boots whispering but slightly on the hard stone of the corridor.

Copyright © 2000 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Interviews

L. E. Modesitt Jr. is one of our most treasured world-building storytellers. Not only is his bestselling Recluce series among the most successful and longest running to date, it's also one of the few that continually appeals to the critics as much as it does the fans. Modesitt's latest Recluce juggernaut, Magi'i of Cyador, begins an exciting new story arc (and is thus suitable for newcomers) involving the blossoming of the young, potentially powerful Lorn and his desperate battles against deadly political and barbaric foes. Intended for those both unfamiliar with Modesitt's estimable work and the thousands who have already discovered his considerable skills, L. E. Modesitt Jr. presents "Magi'i of Cyador: Forging a Legend", an exclusive B&N.com feature in which the author discusses his new novel, his mammoth Recluce saga, and how his works differ from those of other popular fantasists. Enjoy.

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Magi'i of Cyador: Forging a Legend <> Fantasy has authors who build worlds -- the Wheel of Time world of Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and, of course, Tolkien's Middle Earth. Those are large names, and ones that leap to mind. Of course, every author wants to compare his work to the greats, or get others to praise it to the skies and then vault to the top of the bestseller lists. That hasn't seemed to happen with my novels of the world of Recluce. Instead, something else has happened. Very quietly, very consistently, people buy the Recluce books, and not just in the United States. I'd like to think that's because of the inventiveness, depth, complexity, and sheer aliveness that I've attempted to infuse into each and every Recluce novel.

My latest -- Magi'i of Cyador -- tells the story of Lorn, a student magus who has difficulty swallowing the party line required to become a full magus in the ancient white empire of Cyador (whose last days are chronicled in The Chaos Balance). All Lorn does is exemplary. He is devoted to his parents. He excels in his studies and all he does. But beneath the surface, Lorn has a secret life; he does not think, nor feel, nor love, in the prescribed manner for a magus to be, and non-conformity is not acceptable in those who handle the stuff of chaos that makes Cyador possible. While few suspect the extent of Lorn's non-conformity, the faint aura of his independence is enough to consign him to training and duty as a junior officer in the White Lancers, almost the Cyadoran equivalent of the French foreign legion, with discipline -- and mortality -- at least as strict, and little chance of return from the far frontiers, except on infrequent and brief leave.

But beyond the adventure story, there are also the stories of the ancient empire, the Byzantine plotting to secure an heir to the Emperor, the mercantile scheming to evade the trade and tariff restrictions, the jockeying for power among the powerful, the continual struggle between duty and love faced by the powerful women in a society defined by the need to harness and use chaos to hold back the barbarians and the darkness that will follow, should they breach the defenses of Cyador. And there is a danger within -- the Accursed Forest -- chained by walls and chaos towers that must also be contained.

I've woven tales within tales, tales of sibling rivalry and love, of a mysterious book of verse that has no magic, yet may hold the key to who inherits the Malachite Throne, of parents seeking the best for their children, of children seeking their own destiny, and...always, of the impact of power and those who seek it. There are no simplistic and dull villains here, but real men and women seeking their own ends, and even those with the noblest motives have weaknesses and failures. Because the entire saga of Recluce follows a historical pattern, with each book written to stand alone, and no more than two that feature the same protagonists, I've tried to ensure that readers do not feel that they are caught in an endless adventure game, but a real and living tapestry of a world as real as any -- and far more intriguing than most.

Magi'i of Cyador is the 10th book in a saga that seems to be quietly sweeping the world and gaining critical acceptance and readers everywhere. I hope you enjoy it.

--L.E. Modesitt Jr.

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Magi'i of Cyador (Recluce Series #10) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not the book that will turn readers on to Modessit's previously fantastic Recluce books, but it is a good read providing more depth to the 'other' side of thinking (i.e. Chaos vs. Order). Read the others first, then evaluate whether or not you want to become a Modessit fan and gorge yourself on the Recluce Saga in its entirety.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is currently the first book in the Recluse series chronologically. A Chaos based society, although Order workers are part of the society, they're just not as highly thought of. The hero is Modesitt's standard guy; thoughtful, responsible & with limited, but above average powers. A hero in his understated way. This is one of my favorite books of the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Next to 'Fall of Angels', this is my favorite book by Modesitt. Lorn is well characterized and presents a thoughtful and interesting approach to the magic of Recluce. I found it hard to put down... which presents some difficulty for me as a physician in active practice. I look forward with great anticipation to 'Scion of Cyador' where I expect that Lorn will probably become face much more danger and rise to each occasion, probably to become the next Emperor.
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