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The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1 | [L. E. Modesitt Jr.]

The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

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.
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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

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    James 08-05-14
    James 08-05-14
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    "Sound effects?"
    What would have made The Magic of Recluce better?

    The other would describe an action and then use an onomatopeia to represent the sound. It was childish and incredibly annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was pretty good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was just relieved to be done with it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 06-08-14
    Jason 06-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator character voices annoyed me."
    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Alabaster, AL, United States 03-21-14
    Joseph Alabaster, AL, United States 03-21-14
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    "Great fantasy world, creative “magic” system"
    What did you love best about The Magic of Recluce?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    It made me think about the order vs. chaos and the limits of each.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 03-06-14
    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Get rid of the sound effects."
    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    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.


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

    The endover novels. Because I can't think of any other I have read that are similar.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    There weren't any.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Jamaica, NY, United States 02-26-14
    Kenneth Jamaica, NY, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Annoying Sound effects!!!!"
    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    The story line- It has potential...in the hands of a more capable writer it could be a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The vocal sound effects drove me up the wall!!!!

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    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 02-18-14
    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying sound effects by narrator"
    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    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.


    What aspect of Kirby Heyborne’s performance would you have changed?

    NO SOUND EFFECTS!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 02-14-14
    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 02-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Drop the sound effects and animal impressions"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilmi Al-Harthy Complex, Oman 02-04-14
    Hilmi Al-Harthy Complex, Oman 02-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Avid fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but still enjoy other forms of literature.

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    "Interesting story, bad writting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Dallas, TX 02-03-14
    Dennis Dallas, TX 02-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, but..."
    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John C. South Dakota 02-02-14
    John C. South Dakota 02-02-14 Member Since 2006

    Born with earbuds.

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    "Quest=Questions to be Answered"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magic of Recluce the most enjoyable?

    Good characterization and realism made the book easy and interesting to listen too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are several scenes tense with danger, and a showdown with the villain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Exiled without explanation. Sent on a mission without instructions.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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