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
"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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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.
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.
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great saga. The Soprano Sorceress comes to mind.
His characters are good. He is not annoying. Not having to think about the narrator is awesome.
No. It made me want to listen to the next bit.
I read this book many years ago and liked it. Listening to it was a renewed pleasure.
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.
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.
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