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
Great story. Fascinating magic system. Interesting plot and character development. Mysterious subplot only partially revealed. Main character grows up. Narrator has excellent style, voice, and range. The vocalized sound effects mostly enhanced but some were not recognizable and some were distracting. Colloquial accents were European or Hispanic. They helped make characters recognizable but seemed oddly out of place in the world of Recluse. Criticism aside, the narration was excellent.
Megh the Book Devourer
I originally read these books in the mid 90s when I was in high school and am now rereading using the audio book. first of all the narration is great. Modesitt uses onomatopoeias a lot and it really works in text and in the audiobook. I feel that on the other side of 15 years this book holds up well as the start of a great epic fantasy series. I'll be continuing my reread using audiobooks.
Student, husband, youth director
This was my first time to listen to a novel by L. Modesitt. While the story line takes a while to develop once I got further into the book I really enjoyed it.
The narrator is fantastic and has to deal with the oddities of sounds in the book. While the narrating of wind blowing, boots clicking, and horses whinnying can distract from the story I thought it was done well.
Overall a great listen.
worth fighting through to the end. narration at start is like pulling teeth very slow and boring. gets better towards the end. the sound affects throughout the book are extremely annoying. It was like watching a Batman show from the 60's I was half expecting to hear Kapoow oh holy jeepers batman throughout. if the author had cut out the unnecessary sound effects from the book the story would have been 10 times better
I read this book many years ago and had mixed feelings about it then .. but I did go on to read the rest of the series as it was available. I got it on audio just to see if it was as strange as I remembered it.
This book is oddly phlegmatic The main character Laris seems to drift through the story in a strangely detached way, He is unconsciously obsessed with "order" which leads to a great deal of detailed observation about construction and workmanship. However, he is at the same time very dense. He obsesses about details but a lot of important things (like female interest) escape him. Or maybe he just not interested: He gets bored a lot. It is very hard to like the main character, or feel much about him besides annoyance.
Th narrator captures Laris perfectly, which is not necessarily a compliment. His voice is very even, modulated, and unemotional. Nothing is memorable but the sound effects, which are memorable for being so bad. (I cringed every time he did a horse whinny.)
The theory of magic presented is interesting and might have been the basis of a rousing tale in other hands.
All that having been said, I did finish the book. It is somehow compelling.You want to keep listening although you may wonder why.
If you like the story and the main character, you wont meet Laris again for a long time after you finish this book. The subsequent books take place in the past in a sort of peel-the-onion back-to-front exposition that gets less magical and more science fiction-y as you go along. It reminds me of Robert Jordan's exposition of Aiel history in The Shadow Rising. When you get to the end, you may have to re-read the whole thing to understand.
I don't recommend this book or the series, but I can't say stay away from it either.
I don't have the print version, but I would imagine that not having to hear the sound effects would be a vast improvement.
Modesitt had apparently outgrown the tendency to insert written sound effects by the time he wrote the Imager Portfolio series. The constant "clop clop," "splat," "pow"... in this reminded me of childhood comic books. While I would recommend the Imager series to anyone I will probably not be finishing this series, unfortunately I've already bought two more of the series on a sale. I'll give one of the later ones a listen to see if he quit including the gratuitous sound effects.
While the story was basically enjoyable the sound effects I mentioned earlier in my review cut my rating from 4 stars to 3.
The sounds made by the reader belonged in a book for preschoolers. The story is long and without much action. I will be returning this book and I will not read any other books from this series.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This book was OK. It was far from the worst book I've ever read, but it felt like an introduction to the authors world with a pointless plot thrown in, just so we would have a reason to explore it. And the world was actually pretty cool. It's just the story that was not that interesting.
"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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