Scion of Cyador continues the story begun in Magi'i of Cyador. Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier.
Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer - perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals. Too much success has made him a marked man. When he returns to his home, both he and his young family become targets, while all of Cyad is in upheaval over the death of the Emperor.
©2000 L.E. Modesitt (P)2014 Tantor
"Military buffs should enjoy the stupidity of the army's decisions, while marveling at the fantastic swath one heroic man armed with a magic mirror can cut through politics." (Publishers Weekly)
Lorn murders anyone whom he disapproves of. He seems to have no concept of the rule of law, and when faced with a warring neighbor, never considers that making peace is an alternative to escalation. While he does experience some remorse for his actions, he never is moved towards increasing his self-knowledge in such a way as to change his future behavior.
The first half of the book is at least full of action, even if wrong-headed action, but the second half slows down immensely, and we're presented with weeks upon weeks of family dinners and crying babies, just before a final flurry of action at the end.
The narrator has a pleasant voice while narrating, but he unwisely chose to give all of his characters some sort of foreign accept, which he proceeds to butcher. The accent is often something of a lower class British one, but shifts oddly to German and something vaguely central European. The narrator would have been better served by saving the accents for characters foreign to our primary cast of characters; making everyone foreign served no real purpose. Adding insult to injury, the emotional tone of characters was mostly flat, as if they were as bored with what they were saying as I was in listening to it.
If you liked the previous book it's more of the same. Almost to much of it. Toward the end I wasn't really paying much attention. To much fighting and political give and take till your really not sure whats left. I guess I'd call it a really messy chess game were at the end your not even sure what pieces are left on the board.
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