Decades after the fall of Cyador, its survivors have reestablished themselves in Cigoerne, a fertile country coveted by hostile neighbors in less hospitable lands. Young Lerial, the second son of Duke Kiedron, lives in the shadow of his older brother Lephi, the heir to their father's realm. Lerial's future seems preordained: He will one day command his brother's forces in defense of Cigoerne, serving at his older sibling's pleasure and no more. But when Lerial is sent abroad to be fostered by Major Altyrn to learn the skills and wisdom he will need to fulfill his future duties, he begins a journey into a much larger world that brings out his true potential. Lerial has talents that few, as yet, suspect: He is one of those rare beings who can harness both Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape the world and define the magic that exists within it. And as war finally engulfs the fringes of Cigoerne, Lerial's growing mastery of Order and Chaos is tested to its limits and his own.
©2014 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2014 Tantor
"Cyador's Heirs does not disappoint, building on the stories of the grandchildren of the great matriarch in the Recluse saga from childhood to early adulthood." (RT Book Reviews)
We meet & follow Lerial as he learns to develop & control his abilities with order & chaos while leading men into frequent battles fighting a war he is much too young to be in.
This volume is as light on character drama/interactions as it is heavy on battle, like constant battle, (at least to my taste).
I found my thought wandering as battles seemed to go on & on.
I also wondered why it is Lerial never considers asking the elders of The Verde about order magery. For the first ever his particular talents are accepted & even embraced as part of their way of life. A brilliant youth who doesn't ask questions? This just didn't make sense.
This one could have been rich with more developed characters & interpersonal interaction between the battles. I love you LE, but this one left me a bit flat & surprisingly disappointed your characters were too flat.
35 year old autodidact that suffers from mental illness. I have bad vision and live off audiobooks. I'm grateful that audiobooks exist.
A return to classic Modesitt world building. Learn about the remnants of Cyador, three generations after the fall, who have settled in Hamor, predating the Empire of Hamor. Instead of a crafter or merchant, expect here to focus more about skirmishing and warfare. The world building makes it a great read for me.
Just when I was beginning to have my doubts about the longevity of this series, the author reinvigorates the series. The performance was as usual excellent, and I can't wait to hear more from this line.
Yet another coming of age story in this series -- enjoyed listening to it and am looking forward to the next one (have not chkd if there is a 2nd one with the same characters). It did not drag as much at the beginning as some of the others and the main character was not as whiny as some of the recent characters. ;-)
This was an incredibly well written and well performed audiobook. The characters and the challenges they face are believable and thrilling. Started reading it and couldn't put it down.
If you're already familiar with the series you'll love this. If you like Brandon Sanderson, Harry Potter, Narnia this story will be perfect for you.
While some complain about the about the "fomulaic" plot, I prefer to appreciate a fresh telling of an age old story. Both this and the sequel are great examples of what Modesitt does so well.
Modesitt is an outstanding story tellet. His narrator is also excellent. This book is well worth the cost.
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