The chaos versus order system is wonderfully thought out, complex and will make you think by the end of the book. I also enjoyed the maturing of the lead character from a self-centered teenager to a rather tempered adult. The journey itself, while superficially a “kill the bad wizard” expedition, is much deeper than it first appears, as Lerris learns both freedom and coercion have a cost.
Lerris. You don’t have a lot of choices (very few others get significant “screen time”) but, despite being a bit whiny, he works for me and I actually begin to respect him by the end of the book.
My favorite scene is the inn where Lerris meets both the main antagonist and his all-too-brief teacher. By far the best section is where he works as a woodcrafter – watching Lerris mature and excel at the craft is the best part of the book.
It made me think about the order vs. chaos and the limits of each.
One of my all time favorite fantasy series, and a great way to start it. The book develops slowly – don’t find it – enjoy the leisurely pace.
Born with earbuds.
Good characterization and realism made the book easy and interesting to listen too.
There was more than one which is a good sign. Some characters could have used more development, but hey there are sequels. The best character is probably the headstrong pony the hero rides.
There are several scenes tense with danger, and a showdown with the villain.
Exiled without explanation. Sent on a mission without instructions.
The narrator is a bit draggy, but grows on you. The sound effects as other reviews have said are quite jarring, like when a commercial comes on the television much louder and more obnoxious than the regular show.
If the book has a weakness, it's probably a lack of a cohesive theme or philosophy. It has all of the underpinnings, but somehow the execution is off. Maybe the sequels will provide more support.
describe the sounds instead of writing them seriously describing how a horse sounds and acts is more effective then writing the sound.itself
He is just boring
If you have patient with bad reading the story is pretty good but I think the book would be better. Also the series is complete in print but only first to in audio
A really good time. I have read the Recluce books and found then to be entertaining and at times thought-provoking. The series is in my opinion well written and well thought out. An escape from reality that brings out a childlike wonder that most novels cannot match. I believe you will enjoy this si-fy series and feel well pleased with your selection. Happy listening!
Husband, father of 2, and a software developer moving slowly and unsteadily into management. I love reading, especially fiction & history
Loved the story - great pacing and clever characters, even if I did want to slap the kid who kept whining about being bored...
The plot was lame and the writing was weak
An object or creature is named and then he makes the sound over and over again. I couldn't finish this book. made me feel like a toddler with a see n say toy.
Modesitt appears to be exploring a different perspective on good v evil in this series. The idea that there might be a required balance is interesting. The switch up of 'black' and 'white' magic is also intriguing. Worth investing time in this fantasy universe.
Interesting, Refreshing, Enjoyable
I don't have just one moment, I did however enjoy as Modesitt built each character so well.
Not at this time.
Recluce is only the Beginning
I loved the narrator so much I have looked for other books narrated by Heyborne. This story totally slayed me and I had to listen to all the rest of the series!
Nope. The horse whinnies, crow caws and other voice effects were off-putting.
Lerris' story was ok.
Depends on if he uses voice effects. If so, oh no!
The other would describe an action and then use an onomatopeia to represent the sound. It was childish and incredibly annoying.
The story line was pretty good.
I was just relieved to be done with it.