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 other would describe an action and then use an onomatopeia to represent the sound. It was childish and incredibly annoying.
The story line was pretty good.
I was just relieved to be done with it.
I think this would have been a good story. I gave it three stars only because I didn't finish it. Some of the character voices and sound effects annoyed me to much to finish it. I would try this title again with a different narrator.
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.
The story line was new and interesting. The constant Swish, whirr POP! Slam! were off putting and interfered with the flow of the story. They were too loud, and just seemed dumb. Just say there was a loud Slam as the door swung shut, lose the sound effects.
The endover novels. Because I can't think of any other I have read that are similar.
There weren't any.
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.
Avid fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but still enjoy other forms of literature.
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.
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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