The Magic of Recluce (Saga of Recluce #1) - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.9.00

With The Magic of Recluce, L.E. Modesitt made his impressive hardcover debut, breaking out in wide scope and grand scale with a novel in the great tradition of the war between good and evil in a wonderful fantasy world. Modesitt had been producing fast-paced, slickly-written novels of SF adventure, often compared to the work of Keith Laumer and Gordon R. Dickson. Then, in his biggest and best book yet, he broadened his canvas and turned to fantasy and magic, stepping immediately into the front rank of contemporary fantasy writers.

The Magic of Recluce is a carefully-plotted fantasy novel of character about the growth and education of a young magician. In it, Modesitt confronts real moral issues with gripping force, builds atmosphere slowly and convincingly and gives his central character, Lerris, real intellectual challenges. This is the kind of highly-rationalized fantasy that Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson write when they write fantasy, colorful and detailed.

He is given the standard two options: permanent exile from Recluce or 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. He chooses dangergeld.

Though magic is rarely discussed openly in Recluce, it becomes clear, when Lerris is sent into intensive training for his quest, that he has a natural talent for it during his weapons lessons. And he will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. He must learn to use his powers in an orderly way or fall prey to Chaos.

Lerris may resent order, but he has no difficulty choosing good over evil. As he begins his lonely journey, he falls into the company of a gray magician, once of Recluce, who tutors him in the use of magic and shows him some of the devastation caused by the Chaos Wizards in the great wars between Chaos and Order of past times.

Lerris pursues a quest for knowledge and power that leads him across strange lands, through the ghostly ruins of the old capitol of Chaos, down the white roads of the Chaos Wizards to a final battle with the archenemy of Order, discovering in the end true control of magic, true love, and the beginning of true wisdom. An epic adventure, The Magic of Recluce, is a triumph of fantasy.

"An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world, with characters that catch you up. Modesitt presents an interesting study of Chaos versus Order, Good versus Evil... and the attractions each of them has for all of us." - Robert Jordan

"Extremely interesting... unique... a refreshing use of the traditional fantasy elements." - Andre Norton

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Release date: 1991
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 9.00/10
Total ratings: 6
Updated: August 16, 2021

Saga of Recluce :: Series

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce are among the most popular in contemporary fantasy. Each novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other Recluce novels to deepen and enrich the reading experience. As Publishers Weekly says, “Modesitt creates a complex world based on a plausible system of magic and peopled with engaging and realistic characters.” Rich in detail, the Recluce books are a feast of wondrous marvels.

Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce
The Magic of Recluce (Saga of Recluce #1)9.00
The Towers of the Sunset (Saga of Recluce #2)7.50
The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce #3)8.66
The Order War (Saga of Recluce #4)8.00
The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #5)8.00
Fall of Angels (Saga of Recluce #6)7.34
The Chaos Balance (Saga of Recluce #7)8.00
The White Order (Saga of Recluce #8)7.34
Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #9)6.66
Magi'i of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #10)6.66
Scion of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #11)
Wellspring of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #12)
Ordermaster (Saga of Recluce #13)8.66
Natural Ordermage (Saga of Recluce #14)8.00
Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce #15)
Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce #16)
Cyador's Heirs (Saga of Recluce #17)
Heritage of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #18)
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce #19)
Outcasts of Order (Saga of Recluce #20)
The Mage-Fire War (Saga of Recluce #21)8.20
Fairhaven Rising (Saga of Recluce #22)