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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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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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  • Lauren
  • Lyttelton, South Africa
  • 04-26-15

Slow start but worth staying for

I was not sold on the narrator to start but really grew very fond of him over time...quirky sound effects and all. Pleasurable read although character development could have had more depth...perhaps in book 2?

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Awesome

Unbelievably excellent in every way, save the romance. Epic storyline, and a fascinating journey of character, maturity, pain, and wisdom. Beautiful.

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very average

not very exciting, I finished because I had to.
may be it was the narration. and what was with all the sounds ( the sound of the wind, the sound of the door, etc)being written into the book. that bugged me.

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  • Bill
  • United States
  • 03-02-15

Good story, okay narration

The story was interesting but the logic of the order/disorder was difficult to resolve.

The narration had a couple of problems. One was that the original recording speed was way too slow and even at double speed it was still a bit slow. Going to triple speed was slightly too fast but acceptable. The other problem was that the sound effects were poor, but I got used to them over time.

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  • john
  • Laredo, tx
  • 02-24-15

Okay book.

It takes 1/3 of book to get into it. But it is worth the money.

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  • J. Wilson
  • Franklin, PA United States
  • 02-14-15

Good story, but

Enjoyed the story although a bit too young adult for me.
The biggest problem is the comic book "sound effects ".
It greatly detracted from the story, but maybe it was intentional?

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One of my favorite epic fantasy books!

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.

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Most boring book I've ever ilistened to.

I have listened to many books. This was my least favorite narrator. The book was boring and he made it worse.

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great epic fantasy

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.