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
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 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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
describe the sounds instead of writing them seriously describing how a horse sounds and acts is more effective then writing the sound.itself
He is just boring
If you have patient with bad reading the story is pretty good but I think the book would be better. Also the series is complete in print but only first to in audio
"horrendous sound effects"
Everytime I heard a vulcrow I winced. And the excessive use of the word boring was also nerve wracking. The story was much better in the second half of the book.
"The Magic of Fine Wood Craft"
The Magic of Recluce or The Magic of woodwork. Yup, this book felt like 64 chapters of wood crafting and 2 chapters of stuff happening! And, in case you're wondering, those are the last 2 chapters. During which he stops to comment on the wood work, the joinery and the type of wood used in everything!!
Now I normally don't write negative reviews but this book looked so promising that I bought it off Amazon and then payed for the Audible companion audio and settled in for a good listen. Audible, I want my 15hrs (or eternity, felt like eternity) back.
So, if you want to know what it takes to craft chairs and breadboards and boxes in a fantasy setting then please, read this book. If you'd prefer adventure, magic and a plot lacking in wood references then don't! I mean it, truly awful!
Fans of the series, sorry! It just didn't do it for me
"Good read but horrible sound affects!"
No, because once listened to I cannot listen again as I know what's coming. Will be getting the rest of the series though
The first sound effect!
Well read - All the sound effects
The plot is standard fair but well written with the main character and plot good enough to keep me listening at every available opportunity. The only annoying part of the book is the sound effects, bad enough to read but cringe worthy to listen to the poor narrator trying to reproduce them. Would have been better off without them & letting the reader use their imagination.
When I first listened to the first chapter, I wasn't sure if I liked the narrator. However, I soon got fully into the storyline and found the narrative very suited to the character in the book.
I enjoy fantasy stories and this had me looking forward to listening as often as possible to find out what happened next. If you like fantasy then I can recommend this, and I went on to the next book, so that should tell you everything.
"Magic Of Recluce"
confusing but good
Don't really have one, but probably Laris because there is more about him than anyone.
The ending of the book but I'm not gonna spoil it.
A lot of this book leaves you getting confused and the constant questioning gets a bit annoying at times but over all it's a good listen/read.
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