Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.
©2002 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2014 Tantor
"Thoughtful readers will be appreciative, and the author's fans will be impressed." (Publishers Weekly)
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Legacies: Corean Chronicles is the first book in a new series for L.E. Modesitt, Jr. I found this book enjoyable despite some repetitive themes that tend to follow Modesitt books. If you are a Modesitt fan you should understand and can expect a well written story. Kyle McCarley did a fine job with his narration as well. He was clear and used various voices for the characters. The child who is the main character at the start grows up and his voice does change over a course of time.
This is a coming of age type story of a boy named Alucius. The first 15 chapters or so we get a view of our protagonist as a child as he grows up in the Iron Valley and learns the ways of a sheep herder. We get an idea of what the magic system is from which this character seems to be very well gifted. His life is eventually turned upside down and he is called to join the army as forces threaten his homeland. There is plenty of character development and our hero will soon discover the many flaws in the world in which he inhabits.
Having recently read Imagers series I noticed that similar terms were used (for example, glass to tell time). Also, similar is the main theme of a young hero who is good natured, moral, and possessing magical abilities who must struggle through battles and be promoted through the ranks of an army. At least there is not an annoying religion in this story. The magic system, on the other hand, is very similar to imagers. There is descriptions of strings which connect people, objects, and have some importance in the fabric of the world. There are still many details to be told of the extent and history surrounding magical talents. However, we receive an acceptable ending for the meantime with some interesting characters left in play that should make some entertaining future sequels.
Great story and well read. The world is interesting, heros are great characters and the story is engaging.
Alicuious. He is the main character, the strong silent type hero that gets the job done.
His pronunciation and changing of tone for each character and tempo. Very well read.
This was a very enjoyable series. I imagine the very beginning was imagined after the initial story was written. When I reread/listen to this series it will be in chronilagicle order. Meaning book 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4. Book 5 & 6 are the actual beginning of the Herders and South Protectors, while 1, 2, 3, 4 are the main story and ending. Good job to both Author and Narrator. I can't comment on book 7 as I don't purchase books under 20 hours unless its a long series by an excellent author that has already put out long books of 30 or more hours in that particular series. Sorry, my credits, my choices.
I really liked this story. Like most good books it starts out a little slow, but it progresses at a good pace. If I had to knock anything it's that it seems nobody can finish a good story in one book anymore. This is the first of six, so far, which sucks because now I have to spend the money to get the other books. Other than that a great start to what I hope will be a good series.
Say something about yourself!
Legacies is the first novel in the Corean Chronicles. I would give this book a 3.5 rating. The narration was good but it was so slow. Half way through the book and I was not certain that I would continue with the series. I have read Modesitt's Imager series and his writing style was familiar, but I was simply having difficulty getting involved. The second half picks and the story and the characters became much more interesting. I have purchased the second book.
More than met my expectations. My favorite part? When he realized he could escape that torque but bided his time anyway. The narrator was amazing! I want to hear more of his work.
A excellent book. The author seams to draw you right in to his world. I don't know how he comes up with these outstanding world's and characterz.
I have read other series by this author and I am very much enamored of his stories. This was actually quite good, however, I cannot help but compare it to other things he has written and think it could be better. Having said that, I did enjoy it thoroughly.
"Rinse and repeat"
Not being a virtual complete re-hash of his previous books especially the imager series. Swap 'imaging' for 'talent', 'Quaeryt' with 'Alusius', well you get the picture and you have exactly the same books even down to the get out of jail for free everytime 'invisibility shields' -yawn!!!
The author having a new idea for a story
He sounds virtually identical to William Dufris who narrates the imager series so adds to the frustration of 'he just changed the names'!
All of them
I keep trying this authors books but this is the last straw, I'm not falling for buying the same story again, and again, and again .......
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