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Publisher's Summary

The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world with world-building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. L. E. Modesitt Jr. returns to his longest and best-selling fantasy series with volume 19, The Mongrel Mage, which marks the beginning of a new story arc.

In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic - the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents no one dreamed of, talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics.

On the run from a power-hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home.

However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his newfound power will be enough to save them all.

©2017 L .E. Modesitt Jr. (P)2017 Tantor

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Oddly monotone reading

Fairly standard Modesitt story, which I have always enjoyed. The reading got better during more exciting parts of the book, but the dialog, which isn’t particularly well done in the book, was made worse by a voice with extreme passivity and lack of emotion or inflection.

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  • Patrick
  • WOODSIDE, CA, United States
  • 12-04-17

Rehash for Recluce

Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

Yes on the author; no on the narrator.

What was most disappointing about L. E. Modesitt Jr.’s story?

It was not original.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too hysterical.

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

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Not one of his best.

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Awesome book

Back to the Basics with this one. Learning to control power. Adventure with realism.

Remains one of my favorite authors and rarely disappoints

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Another good one

Great performance as usual. However I think it would be an improvement if somebody would go back through and apply volume leveling to this book and all of the others. Some of the quiet scenes require you to turn the volume up to hear the words, then there's shouting!!

Maybe if the volume was louder in the quiet scenes and quieter during the loud scenes... especially in some of the previous audiobooks where he does the baby cries... So annoying.

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Okay

Great world building and magic system. Liked most of the other recluse books, but this is the worst one of the series. Shockingly bad dialogue. Audiobook performance was lackluster, exacerbating how bad the dialogue was.

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Vintage Modesitt -- loved it

If you love Modesitt for the long, winding stroll with interesting characters and a hero that you can like - you will love this latest installment.

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great story

made me cry. great story line. I love l.e.modesitt stories. they seem like they are so real in feelings.

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  • PJR
  • 04-01-18

More of the same formula

It’s ok.

Youth. Order. Chaos. Girl. Adventure. Betrayal. New country. Learn skills. War comes. Battles. Youth saves the day. Wins girl. The end.

Same plot different names but a well told story nonetheless.

Narration is robotic and takes a bit of getting used to. Despite that he does a reasonable job of distinguishing between characters.

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  • Jack Lancaster
  • 11-30-17

Good book!

Very much enjoyed, well written as always. Well performed, but it was a bit quiet.