Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.
When Lerris is sent into intensive training for his quest, it soon becomes clear that he has a natural talent for magic. And he will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. Though it goes against all of his instincts, Lerris must learn to use his powers in an orderly way before his wanderjahr, or fall prey to Chaos.
©1992 L. E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor
The story line- It has potential...in the hands of a more capable writer it could be a great story.
The vocal sound effects drove me up the wall!!!!
The story is good but the sound effects the narrator makes are very annoying. The sound effects should've been left on the editors floor when the book was written or left out in narration. Other than that the book is good and I will probably give the next book a try.
NO SOUND EFFECTS!!!
I was enjoying this book until the narrator started doing all the sound effects, totally spoilt it for me.
Will need to consider the rest of the series if the sound effects continue.
I won't go into much detail, but I would say that the writing of the book lacked refinement. The author liked to portray sounds throughout the book the same way you would see them in a comic book. This felt like a shortcut for when the author was too lazy to describe what had happened. An entire critical battle scene would be written like this"Clunk, thunk".. that's it. Sounds like lazy writing by an author who just couldn't be bothered. The author also constantly repeated the same words throughout the book. I can't count how many times I heard the word boring used while listening to the book. Not only is the repetition of words excessively considered bad writing, specifically the repetition of the word boring makes me feel like I am listening to a teenage story teller. There were also glaring gaps in the story telling. Kind of like watching a movie that was edited to make it short enough to fit on the allotted time on TV.
The author has potential, but needs to work on polishing and refining their writing skills. While I am not a professional critic, I knew enough to see this as weak effort.
This book had a good story line, but I may have enjoyed it more by reading it.
The author, for some reason, inserted sound effects into the script, therefore the reader tried to make the sounds.Really weird. You will hear the clopping of the horse, the swish of the reins, the splatter of the rain, etc. This was, to me, quite annoying. I could have skimmed over the sounds if I had been reading it.
Modesitt has a way of filling in the every day items that add another level of depth to his stories. As an example, everyone has to eat, including Modesitt's characters, and you get to know what each character likes and doesn't like. Just like normal people, they complain! The main character is often driven but he/she always has to deal with daily minutia and THAT is what adds color to the characters!
I don't know if I have a most memorable moment in the first book of Recluce. Probably one of the things I like the best though is the main character's use of his profession; woodworking. While Modesitt is entertaining you with a good story, he is also teaching the reader something about woodworking. An early pioneer of edutainment?
I am always amazed at how a good narrator can remember all the characters of a book and give each one his or her own voice and inflection. Kirby does a good job of portraying all the characters even the female voices. Most importantly, there are no quirks to Kirby's narration that detract from the book.
I have enjoyed many of Modesitt's books including the Imager series, both Spellsinger series (text only), and Haze. I was very pleased to see another series of his become available on Audible. His website is well maintained and a good source of information on his books and he often posts and answers questions in his forum. L.E. Modesitt Jr. is an excellent author. If you haven't already, dive into the depths of his imagination.
If you follow my reviews, you already KNOW I focus my reviews primarily on scifi and fantasy works. I began building my library of favorite books when I was twelve, for God's sake. And my audiobook library? Let's just say that I have a one terabyte server dedicated to my current and future audiobooks, and it's about 35% full. Do the math. That's either awesome or very, very weird, depending on your viewpoint. Boil all this down, and it says one thing:
Once you find a great scifi or fantasy read, especially a series, you have to have it, and you want to keep it.
You become possessive. Obsessive. You find yourself talking about it, both live and online. Don't lie. You've done it, and confession's good for the soul. Especially when it comes to this first audiobook, and the subsequent books, in the Recluce series by Modesitt,
I began reading this series when it first appeared, and thought back then, "This is awesome, and it's going to make a great audiobook." When this finally DID arrive, I was wonderfully pulled back into Modesitt's rich, detailed magical world.
So, let's get to the real reason you should get into this audio series, outside of my saying, "It's good!"
You liked the rich magical system of Jordan's "Wheel Of Time" series? Good. Take that, and refine it just a bit, and add Terry Brook's descriptive fantasy writing. Hmmm. Better. Now let's throw in Saberhagen's strong world-building. Nice. Let's not forget a dash of Butcher's solid character interaction. Perfect.
The Recluce series begins this way, and although it starts out the gate just a bit slow, it truly sets into place a great premise and storyline that makes for a great listen, and definitely more than once. Modesitt's unique take on the fantasy genre is a welcome change to a fair number of fantasy writers who take tired plots and lame magic systems and crank out tome after boring tome of forgettable efforts. Or lack of effort. Modesitt has created a series that you'll listen to, talk about, write about, and as I said earlier, you'll listen to again. I already have. That's why it took so long to do this review.
The book's just that darn good.
Modesitt has created, in this first of the series, a WONDERFUL listen that pulls you in, sets you on its path, and creates a unique fantasy world you'll not want to end.
Thankfully, it doesn't have to - The second in the series is already available here at Audible, and I already have it. And yes, it's equally as good!
And on a final note, Modesitt's "Imager" series is already here at Audible, eight audiobooks strong, and yes, I'll be writing a review on them, as well. The man can write.
So, this is a keeper. It's on a shelf in my library, and now, it's a great listen on my audio server. It's going to STAY there.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
My Mom is a huge Modesitt fan and owns and has read almost all of his works. Therefore it helped a lot when she told this isn't the first series in Recluce world. It did explain why the opening 4 hours nobody is really explaining anything. If unlike Lerris you hold on and think for yourself some it does start to clear up. If you have heard the Imager books then the first Imager set of 3 explain stuff which isn't re-explained in the Scholar but Scholar shows you different rules. Same problem here without the advantage of just buying the other books.
Neither Order or Chaos is inherent good or evil. In the 13 or 14th books some are set on each side. The black staff Lerris is issued is the mark of low level learner Order Mage.
Black = Order (later explain the absence of light)
White = Choas (mix of all light and therefore not orded)
Recluse wasn't always the prudish place depicted.
It's a story of a young man growing up. Apparently in the series written before this one was about the founding of the island of Recluce a few hundred years prev. and therefore the rather dull first couple of hours are a contract between society that the reader last saw and what it became. I'm ensured the effect was very good. Finally (~4hr) Lerris get off Recluce and things pick up as the meat of the story get going.
My problem with Kirby is rather simple: he can't do an onomatopoeia and not jar me out of the story. Modesitt work at exciting moments seems full of Howlling, Naaaing of the horses etc. I don't believe Kirb Heyborne is a bad reader just not one who should ever try to make howling wind sounds.
I REALLY hope that Tor release the rest of the Recluce books.
The chaos versus order system is wonderfully thought out, complex and will make you think by the end of the book. I also enjoyed the maturing of the lead character from a self-centered teenager to a rather tempered adult. The journey itself, while superficially a “kill the bad wizard” expedition, is much deeper than it first appears, as Lerris learns both freedom and coercion have a cost.
Lerris. You don’t have a lot of choices (very few others get significant “screen time”) but, despite being a bit whiny, he works for me and I actually begin to respect him by the end of the book.
My favorite scene is the inn where Lerris meets both the main antagonist and his all-too-brief teacher. By far the best section is where he works as a woodcrafter – watching Lerris mature and excel at the craft is the best part of the book.
It made me think about the order vs. chaos and the limits of each.
One of my all time favorite fantasy series, and a great way to start it. The book develops slowly – don’t find it – enjoy the leisurely pace.
Born with earbuds.
Good characterization and realism made the book easy and interesting to listen too.
There was more than one which is a good sign. Some characters could have used more development, but hey there are sequels. The best character is probably the headstrong pony the hero rides.
There are several scenes tense with danger, and a showdown with the villain.
Exiled without explanation. Sent on a mission without instructions.
The narrator is a bit draggy, but grows on you. The sound effects as other reviews have said are quite jarring, like when a commercial comes on the television much louder and more obnoxious than the regular show.
If the book has a weakness, it's probably a lack of a cohesive theme or philosophy. It has all of the underpinnings, but somehow the execution is off. Maybe the sequels will provide more support.
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