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The Magic Engineer: Saga of Recluce Series, Book 3 | [L. E. Modesitt, Jr.]

The Magic Engineer: Saga of Recluce Series, Book 3

The chronicles of the magical island of Recluce continue as young Dorrin, fascinated by forbidden science, goes into exile in the lands of Chaos, where he unwillingly invents devices of war to save his land from the evil Chaos wizards.
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Publisher's Summary

The chronicles of the magical island of Recluce continue as young Dorrin, fascinated by forbidden science, goes into exile in the lands of Chaos, where he unwillingly invents devices of war to save his land from the evil Chaos wizards.

©1994 L. E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is uncompromising when it comes to the effects of magic, both on the natural world and on the human heart." (Robin Hobb)

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    Suzanne 07-27-14
    Suzanne 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm a Modesitt fan, but I couln't finish this one."
    What disappointed you about The Magic Engineer?

    This is my first book review, but I just had to say something! I have enjoyed other Modesitt books, including the Soprano Sorcerer books, the two Imager books, and the first two Recluse books, including Magic of Recluse and Towers of Sunset. Unfortunately, I have completely lost interest in Recluse after trying to listen to this one. The book is long on detail, but short on anything interesting. There were details, details and more details about Dorin's every day actions, which might have been slightly interesting at first, but became incredibly boring as the book went on, and on, and on. I listened to most of the book, waiting for something exciting to happen, and I finally gave up, it just was too tortuous to keep listening to Kirby Heyborne drone on and on, with no emotion or variety in his tone. I figure Kirby Heyborne must have been so bored with the story that he couldn't bring himself to put any emotion into it. Other Modesitt books I've read have had a plot, and often a romance, and I like that he keeps it clean. However, there wasn't even a decent romance, just two people who eventually get together.


    Has The Magic Engineer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm an avid Epic Fantasy Fiction fan, so I will continue to look for more books in this genre. I highly recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson, especially The Way of Kings and the Mistborn series, as well as the work he finished with Robert Jordan, the Wheel of Time series. Jim Butcher's Codex Alera books were excellent, and I've also greatly enjoyed Robin Hobbs books. Although the world that Modesitt created intrigued and interested me for a while, it is time for me move on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

    Kirby Heyborne was not so bad in the first two books of this series (Magic of Recluse and Towers of Sunset), but after this, I don't think I can listen to another one of his performances.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, other than rich detail.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Ok, but basically a copy of the other books"

    If you liked the first two books in the series then you will enjoy this book. That being said, the story is almost exactly the story of the first book. The hero is sent away from recluse and has to figure out where he fits in the scheme of things by traveling the rest of the world. The names and some events change a bit, but ultimately all three books in this series so far are pretty repetitive. The story is engaging and well-written but I have to take away stars for lack of originality.

    Once again the series skips around in time. This book takes place some time after the second book but well before the events in the first. This can be a bit confusing, but it is handled much better than in the second novel. The narrarator also did far less sound effects which is a great relief and hence a bit higher score.

    This is a good book, but nothing spectacular. It's still worth a credit but don't expect to be surprised or wowed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 02-20-14
    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 02-20-14 Member Since 2010

    Justin Meek

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    "Very strong entry"

    O.K., after reading many other reviews, I feel the need to defend this novel a bit. There are certainly similarities, between this novel and the previous two, but it's not fair to call them identical. I think that this series is the story of Recluse more than it is the story of any particular person. On that regard we get treated to some great developments in this novel. We finally see how the steam engines we saw in the first novel became a part of Recluse and learn where the book on order comes from. I am excited to read the next novel where I hope to read of the destruction of Fair Haven and learn more about Justin. This was a great entry in this excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Friendswood, TX, United States 01-22-14
    David Friendswood, TX, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Please, Please stop hiring Kirby Heyborne"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    Please use professional voice actors. William Dufris does a great job with other Modesitt books.

    Heyborne seems to have no way of differentiating characters other than with accents that make no sense. You get a father with an American accent and a daughter with an Irish accent, even though both have lived in the same town their whole lives.

    Great story, horrible performance.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Enoch, UT, United States 03-01-14
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    "Wrong Narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator wiffed it bad on this one. As I regret to say he's doing with the rest of the Recluse books. He doesn't seem to get the characters he's reading and just isn't very good in general.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Montes Gainesville, FL 11-19-13
    Mario Montes Gainesville, FL 11-19-13 Member Since 2004

    M&M

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    "Read it, heard it"
    If you could sum up The Magic Engineer in three words, what would they be?

    read the headline


    What other book might you compare The Magic Engineer to and why?

    great saga. The Soprano Sorceress comes to mind.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His characters are good. He is not annoying. Not having to think about the narrator is awesome.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It made me want to listen to the next bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book many years ago and liked it. Listening to it was a renewed pleasure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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