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The Magic of Recluce Audiobook

The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 09-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Books! Hooray!

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    "Oh look! A hero's journey! Yawn"

    I almost didn't finish it. The hero was so damn stupid. His complaints about his own stupidity did not alleviate the annoyance I felt at his stupidity. The hero is so bland that, despite having finished the book less than an hour ago, I cannot remember his name. That's bad news for a book written in the first person. The magic system was vague and confusing and the world was just your basic epic fantasy land, nothing particularly interesting. I regret spending $5 on this.

    The reader gets points for his ability to cope with the inane, pointless sound effects the writer has sprinkled liberally on nearly every damn page.

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    Robert 09-19-15
    Robert 09-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    ""click clack clickty clack" goes the keys"
    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the chapters the most where Lerris worked as a craft master. He felt like a well rounded character that had well thought out plans, desires, and life. I least liked the end and the beginning of the book. They were relatively short in comparison to the middle and just sort of tumbled along to a pre planned destination.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    two things: first cut a majority of the first couple chapters out. "I was deported because I was bored" is a bit silly of a premise. In fact the fake back story that Lerris makes up was actually more intriguing than his real origin story. The second thing I would change would be the lack of information imparted to the reader. Its a bit cliched but its a good point when there is someone who knows nothing of anything about the world. It allows the writer to impart information to the reader that allows them to learn without breaking the scene. This happened the most with instances concerning Recluse as a nation. Lerris is supposed to have been raised in ignorance of his standing as the son of a high magister yet as soon as it is mentioned, he was like "huh yeah that figures." What is a high magister? What do they do? How does inaction to help others as a nation impart upon the entire world to fear and hate that nation and anyone who carries a black staff? These issues carry on into action scenes as well, though I'm not sure if the author was trying to be novel. We get the one thing books throughout the ages have been missing...sound effects! These lovely Onomatopoeias allow us to jump from nothing to the end of a sequence learning little to nothing along the way. Overall this is the way in which a majority of the books info was related to the reader and in fact the beginning Lerris is a good representation for how I felt at times. Why is he in love? Because he's in love? How did he live for 18 years or so and then reading a book gives him magic. What is "order?" order is not chaos, it is creation. Yeah great but what does that entail because as far as I can tell burning people is not very creative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lerris became a craft master


    Was The Magic of Recluce worth the listening time?

    For the most part I would say the book is decent and fine if you want to have something to kill time with. However, an experience that grabbed me by the ears and made me forsake all else to finish it? This book is not.


    Any additional comments?

    Pseudo 3rd person where we can get the character's thoughts but be completely blinded sided about other things..."she's a b@#CH...I think I love her"

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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-17-15
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Way, WAY Too Much Automatopia"
    What disappointed you about The Magic of Recluce?

    I felt that the story idea was unique and interesting. However I was not at all int the author's writing style or the narrator. Both of those aspects fall well short of the story's potential.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Either Crystal orJustin, the Frey Wizard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Magic of Recluce?

    I would remove 99.99% of the automatopia from the book. It is ridiculous. There are other ways to describe what's going on in a scene rather just spelling out the sounds. Also, there are other words for "boring". The author never once uses a synonym or analogy for boring. He uses the word over, and over, and over. It is very tedious (See? There's another word for boring right there!!!).


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much potential in this book. There are some good characters, an interesting magic system, and a lot of the world left to explore. I can't decide if I'm going to read any more books in the series though.

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    CityBoy@Heart 08-07-15

    Mark Blau

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    "Great opener for a new series."

    Liked the book. Didn't spend too much time with unnecessary prose as many books these days seem to do. I've read a few of the other books that can be read it of order and i they are just as good. Recommended for an easy and entertaining listen.

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    Oliver Atlanta, Georgia 07-20-15
    Oliver Atlanta, Georgia 07-20-15
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    "amazing tale and marvelous readee"

    The story and the reader were phenomenal! This is one of the best fantasy and magic books I have read.

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    Adam 07-16-15
    Adam 07-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad I found this."

    Narrator has been recorded on too low of a level. Had to struggle to hear him clearly at times. Otherwise, good performance. Story started slow but soon gained momentum and finally became riveting.

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    Kevin A. Lause Ontario, New York United States 05-26-15
    Kevin A. Lause Ontario, New York United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not sure what I'm missing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'd say new readers might enjoy this more?


    Has The Magic of Recluce turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Hasn't turned me off, just need to find something more my speed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just very monotone. Makes the book very plodding


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the premise is good and the magic system is insteresting


    Any additional comments?

    I think the noises bother me more than they should. I don't need to hear the klip-kloop and whinny of a horse sounded out every couple paragraphs. It really interrupts the story flow. I see everyone else really enjoyed this so maybe book 2 really picks things up?

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    Lasse 05-21-15
    Lasse 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start.. Bad sound effekts. But gets good"

    Plz stop With the sound effekts it is breaking the pace of the book.
    The book starts very slow and the story is a mess but when you get a fra hours into it gets much better and there are more order in the book

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice"

    Although the sound effects were annoying the story was more than adequate to carry me along! Witty and clever and a lot of fun.

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    becklef 05-06-15
    becklef 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Modesitt, but this was average"

    So, I have read other books that I enjoyed more then this one. The main character really drove me nuts with his boredom and whining. The narrator's sound effects became grating as the story progressed. Luckily I have read some of his other novels that showed how well he can bring a character to life.

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