L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s latest novel in the Saga of Recluce series tells the story of Creslin, son of a powerful military matriarch, who chooses exile rather than an arranged marriage. Creslin sets out on a search for his true identity as a man, developing his magical talents through constant conflict with the enigmatic white wizards of Candar.
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I enjoyed it, but I'd have to go a long time before listening to it again. It was ok, but fairly formulaic and the romance angle gets pretty aggravating at times because it is so repetitive. Still this book is like a chef following a well-established recipie. it isn't ground-breaking but it's a standard dish done very well. A coming of age book like Heinlein and all the others, but is well crafted. I would have prefered to give the book 3.5 stars as it is a bit better than average but nowhere near as good as the first book in this series. Unfortunately, that isn't an option and I didn't honestly feel it rated a 4.
I liked the depth of the world created.
I didn't really have any particular character as a favorite. The narrartor has a very high natural voice so he is great at speaking as a female or young boy.
I had heard the narrarator do another book and hated it because his voice was too high and effeminate. However, as this book's main character is a young man it works and he does a very good job. He has good mature male voices at his disposal, it just isn't his natural speaking voice. So as a young adult or female he is great, but wouldn't want to hear him voice a main character who is an adult male. My only other complaint is that he audibly does the sound effects which can be reall annoying. For example the character rides his horse swings his sword as a fireball comes past would be neh, swish vroom thud, arg!. The scenes with crows are aggravating as hell. This book starts out a bit disjointed but after a few chapters the author hits his stride and it's a solid read. The romance angle is repetitious and gets to be pretty nerve racking for a large chunk of the book. That is why I rated the story a 3.5. The world and back ground are a solid 5.The story is more like a 4 and the rough start and annoying romance angle drop it a bit further. Still it is a good addition to the series and worth a listen.
Compress the story in the latter half of the book. It was completely unnecessary to go on and on about how they struggled to build their island. How many 2 minute chapters does the book need going back and fourth between the positive and negative story line???
Just take out the sound effects. "The rusty hinges creaked as the door opened" would be just fine. I don't need "screeeeech."
I kept listening because the first book was pretty good. I just kept hoping it would get better. It didn't... Additionally, just how much of a "Poor me" does the main female character have to be? Does she really have to act like a petulant child for the entire first half of the book?
The fist book in the series came together right at the end. OK, I ordered the second book. I keep listening and listening and the only common thread between the books so far seems to be the type of magic but I'm not even sure of this. The story line barely came together in the first book and I'm into the second and after hours it still hasn't come together. I think this series is a waste of time.
One of my favorites as a teenager. Fascinating magic system. Pleasure to listen/read again.
He is mono tone but better then last book. Also he likes to yell louder then necessary to get the point across during action.
I do like the story
This book goes back to the past to the founding of Recluse with little in common with the first book if I had to go back i'd read this one first. I think I will follow the story in print versions of the books. If they put more on audio I will listen
One of my favorite in the series
MORE.....need the whole series not now, but right now. :)
Yes, I like all of this authors books and have read them multipule times, but this work was his first in the series and has some rough edges.
This is like most of the authors other books but I have found very few of this type else where.
No the narration was slow and plodding and raised very little emotion considering the story.
Prior to The Towers of Sunset, I read Modesitt's Imager books, and was captivated and curious about the land of Recluce, and its magic system. The Towers of Sunset explains how Recluse came to be and why it came to be. The main character, Creslin, is a take action kind of guy who goes through extremely difficult trials, but comes out better and stronger for it. He becomes a very powerful wizard, and through his trials and growth, he learns to make the land he has chosen to inhabit a better place for his loved ones and followers. It did take many chapters for me to finally get interested in Creslin, but as the story unfolded, the plot, romance and magic system were very interesting.
A plot would have improved this book immensely. The narrator could have tried to use some basic inflection or varied pace as well.
The author could have created characters that were interesting.
The first book in this series was good. But like the fat kid who tries to make the team on the strength of his superstar older brother, this one gets you to buy the book based on your liking of the first book. This book is tough to make it through all the way. In fact, if you make it, I will give you a medal.
I have always considered the Saga of Recluse to be on par with J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, and Terry Brooks great adventures. The many different adventures that Modesitt creates in the series have long been some of my favorites, and I hope that Tantor and Audible will include more of Saga of Recluse in audible format. Modesitt creates a world that anyone can jump into and enjoy the struggle between good and evil. Over the series of Saga of Recluse Modesitt creates a kind of historical map of the struggle from the moment the conflict begins to reshape the world to the last fight.
One of the other things that I have enjoyed about the series is the language and content of the adventure, I would have no problem recommending the books from this series to a younger reader.
As to the Narration, I have no major complaints with Hayborne. I just wish that he had not included so many sound effects. In some places/books the sound effects add to the story, but towards the end of the book there were too many very close together. In spite of this, this is still a great story and a great listen.
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