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L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Autor(a) de The Magic of Recluce

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About the Author

Leland Exton Modesitt, Jr., was born on October 19, 1943 in Denver to Leland Exton and Nancy Lila Modesitt. He was educated at Williams College and earned a graduate degree from the University of Denver. Modesitt's career has included stints as a navy lieutenant, a market research analyst, and a mostrar mais real estate sales associate. He has also held various positions within the U.S. government as a legislative assistant and as director of several agencies. In the early 1980s, he was a lecturer in science fiction writing at Georgetown University. After graduation, Modesitt began to write, but he did not have a novel published until he was 39 years old. He believes that a writer must "simultaneously entertain, educate and inspire... [failing any one of these goals], the book will fall flat." A part-time writer, he produces an average of one book per year, but he would eventually like to write full-time. The underlying themes of many of his science fiction novels are drawn from his work in government work and involve the various aspects of power and how it changes the people and the structure of government. Usually, his protagonist is an average individual with hero potential. Much of his "Forever Hero Trilogy"--Dawn for a Distant Earth, The Silent Warrior, and In Endless Twilight--is based on his experiences working with the Environmental Protection Agency. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 with his title Princeps. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras por L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Magic of Recluce (1991) 2,473 exemplares
The Towers of the Sunset (1992) 1,707 exemplares
The Magic Engineer (1994) 1,517 exemplares
The Order War (1995) 1,312 exemplares
The Death of Chaos (1995) 1,300 exemplares
Fall of Angels (1996) 1,163 exemplares
The Chaos Balance (1997) 1,052 exemplares
The Soprano Sorceress (1997) 1,037 exemplares
Colors of Chaos (1999) 988 exemplares
The White Order (1998) 985 exemplares
Magi'i of Cyador (2000) 873 exemplares
Scion of Cyador (2000) 855 exemplares
The Spellsong War (1998) 839 exemplares
Imager (2009) 793 exemplares
Legacies (2002) 770 exemplares
Wellspring of Chaos (2004) 734 exemplares
Darksong Rising (1999) 700 exemplares
Ordermaster (2005) 697 exemplares
Darknesses (2003) 622 exemplares
Natural Ordermage (2007) 577 exemplares
The Shadow Sorceress (2001) 566 exemplares
Scepters (2004) 545 exemplares
The Parafaith War (1996) 545 exemplares
Imager's Challenge (2009) 517 exemplares
The Eternity Artifact (2005) 513 exemplares
Shadowsinger (2002) 509 exemplares
Mage-Guard of Hamor (2008) 481 exemplares
Adiamante (1996) 459 exemplares
Imager's Intrigue (2010) 449 exemplares
Alector's Choice (2005) 433 exemplares
Gravity Dreams (1999) 424 exemplares
Arms-Commander (2010) 399 exemplares
The Ethos Effect (2003) 397 exemplares
The Octagonal Raven (2001) 369 exemplares
Flash (2004) 364 exemplares
Archform: Beauty (2002) 354 exemplares
Cadmian's Choice (2006) 353 exemplares
Soarer's Choice (2006) 319 exemplares
The Hammer of Darkness (1985) 304 exemplares
The Forever Hero (1987) 299 exemplares
The Lord-Protector's Daughter (2008) 285 exemplares
Haze (2009) 275 exemplares
The Ecolitan Enigma (1997) 273 exemplares
Of Tangible Ghosts (1994) 270 exemplares
The Ecologic Envoy (1986) 245 exemplares
Princeps (2012) 244 exemplares
The Ghost of the Revelator (1998) 241 exemplares
Imager's Battalion (2013) 237 exemplares
Ghost of the White Nights (2001) 227 exemplares
The Elysium Commission (2007) 224 exemplares
Antiagon Fire (2013) 210 exemplares
Cyador's Heirs (2014) 200 exemplares
Lady-Protector (2011) 191 exemplares
Timegods' World (1992) 181 exemplares
Rex Regis (2014) 177 exemplares
Dawn for a Distant Earth (1987) 175 exemplares
The Mongrel Mage (2017) 169 exemplares
Empress of Eternity (2010) 169 exemplares
Heritage of Cyador (2014) 167 exemplares
Madness in Solidar (2015) 158 exemplares
The Silent Warrior (1987) 146 exemplares
The Fires of Paratime (1982) 146 exemplares
Outcasts of Order (2018) 144 exemplares
In Endless Twilight (1988) 141 exemplares
The Ecolitan Operation (1989) 140 exemplares
Solar Express (2015) 131 exemplares
The Timegod (1993) 125 exemplares
Timediver's Dawn (1992) 122 exemplares
Isolate (2021) 118 exemplares
The Mage-Fire War (2019) 117 exemplares
The Ecologic Secession (1990) 105 exemplares
Fairhaven Rising (2021) 94 exemplares
Ecolitan Prime (1986) 92 exemplares
Endgames (The Imager Portfolio) (2019) 90 exemplares
Ghosts of Columbia (2005) 71 exemplares
Quantum Shadows (2020) 62 exemplares
Councilor (2022) 50 exemplares
The Green Progression (1991) 46 exemplares
Contrarian (2023) — Autor — 32 exemplares
From the Forest (2024) 18 exemplares
Haze and The Hammer of Darkness (2016) 13 exemplares
Ordningens magi. 2, Mästarprov (2007) 6 exemplares
The Pilots (2002) 3 exemplares
Precision Set (2001) 3 exemplares
Ghost Mission (2006) 2 exemplares
The Swan Pilot (2004) 2 exemplares
The Difference (2007) 2 exemplares
Spec-Ops (2007) 2 exemplares
A House By Any Other Name (1974) 2 exemplares
Isolate Sneak Peek 2 exemplares
New World Blues 1 exemplar
Life-suspension 1 exemplar
Astralis 1 exemplar
The Forever Hero 1 exemplar
Reaction Time [short story] (1978) 1 exemplar
Black Ordermage [novelette] (2008) 1 exemplar
Fallen Angel [short story] (2004) 1 exemplar
Rule of Law [novelette] (1981) 1 exemplar
Second Coming [short story] (1979) 1 exemplar
Understanding [short story] (2000) 1 exemplar
Order of War, The 1 exemplar

Associated Works

I Dare (2002) — Introdução, algumas edições597 exemplares
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (2004) — Contribuidor — 394 exemplares
Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004) — Contribuidor — 334 exemplares
Federations (2009) — Contribuidor — 207 exemplares
Low Port (2003) — Contribuidor, algumas edições157 exemplares
Fantastic Hope (2020) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (2012) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe (2007) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Future Weapons of War (2007) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Man vs Machine (2007) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Slipstreams (2006) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Speculative Horizons (2010) — Autor, algumas edições31 exemplares
All Hail Our Robot Conquerors! (2017) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCI, No. 3 (May 1973) (1973) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II (2008) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Razor's Edge (2018) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Jim Baen's Universe 08 (2007) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
The Palencar Project (2012) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares

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So this is book 23 of the Saga of Recluce. I faithfully read every one them, generally soon after publication, despite them having become totally predictable. Before starting this book, I've made a checklist of 23 points I expect to see based on my experience with Modesitt so far, shall we see how many can be ticked off? Note that this is book 1 of a 2 or 3 book sequence featuring Alyiakal, so some of these points may come in the sequel not this book.

1) Character studies hard, at the behest of a strict parent or guardian
2) Character studies even harder on their own account in order to get ahead
3) Character acquires considerable talent in random practical skill
4) Character enrolls in army boot camp / mage school / vocational training and resolves to work hard and succeed.
5) Character thinks about how much money they have / are paid
6) Character acquires copy of Book of Magic
7) Character eats spicy food and finds it tasty but slightly too hot
8) Character meets their one true love interest, and subsequently never looks twice at any other person
9) Character expresses a preference for either a) lager or b) dark ale, in contrast to their companions
10) Character meets their first antagonist, a stronger mage / solider / scholar whom they have to
placate.
11) Character eats a meal in a restaurant with a) table service and b) tipping, and overhears snippets of a conversation about them
12) Character reads a paragraph of their book, pauses to think, nods slowly in understanding, and goes back to reading
13) Character discovers / teaches themselves some magic skill that is lost / unknown to the wider group
14) Character is involved in some fight / contest
15) Character sadly and reluctantly decides they need to murder someone
16) Character sneaks around, breaks into somewhere, murders one or more people, and gets away with it
17) Character is promoted
18) Character is placed in a position of responsibility and succeeds in part thanks to the random practical skill acquired in their childhood, but mostly because of their diligent attitude and hard work
19) Character discovers some threat / menace / obstacle to progress of society, and sadly and reluctantly decides they need to kill a large number of people in order to stop it
20) Character flights a large group of people, wiping out an army / fleet and kills one or more powerful mages
21) Character permanently changes climate / geography / fundamental nature of the world
22) Character founds new society (or fundamentally changes existing one)
23) Character settles down peacefully with one true love

And for the outcome: spoilers, obviously, to follow!

... spoilers coming....

1) Character studies hard, at the behest of a strict parent or guardian
Yes, chapter 1

2) Character studies even harder on their own account in order to get ahead
Yes, chapter 2

... Modesitt's characters are always so *dutiful*. They never take a day off, or give up on a hard, thankless job for which they receive nothing but hostility and being put in threatening situations where they might die. Alyiakal's motivation in this book is particularly unclear, it's just taken for granted that he's enrolled in the army and will strive to get ahead. Why, exactly? Why doesn't he just drop out at the earliest opportunity and work in a shop or something? One might argue he's driven by his father but Alyiakal hardly thinks about him, social pressures are presumably present but hardly mentioned, by the middle of the book he has no family and few friends and none of them put any pressure on him... presumably he's read the earlier books and knows he's going to end up as Emperor so has to put the hours in to get there?

3) Character acquires considerable talent in random practical skill
Yes, first in chapter 5 he shows a bit of skill in drawing that comes in useful when he needs to make maps, but then later in chapter 15 acquiring healing skills fits this one even better.

4) Character enrolls in army boot camp / mage school / vocational training and resolves to work hard and succeed.
Yes, chapter 8

5) Character thinks about how much money they have / are paid
Yes, chapter 11, but actually Alyiakal makes almost no mention of money in this book, since he spends almost all his time in the army and doesn't need to buy anything except gifts for his significant other. So only half a point.

6) Character acquires copy of Book of Magic
Yes, Chapter 1, although he rarely refers to it afterwards preferring to learn his magic by deduction and experimentation, something I really should have anticipated by reference to books 2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 19, and 22, whose characters do the same. Only half a point here.

7) Character eats spicy food and finds it tasty but slightly too hot
Yes, chapter 9

8) Character meets their one true love interest, and subsequently never looks twice at any other person
Yes, but...

... I had hopes for this one being a break from Modesitt's normal troupe. Alyiakal meets a girl in chapter 2 who is interesting and obviously unsuitable for a future Emperor. Is there actually going to be a bit of drama coming up? He even sleeps with her, which is rare for a Modesitt character before the midpoint of the novel. But then [sigh] she disappears from the narrative, and we're back to normal Modesitt mode in chapter 9, when Alyiakal starts corresponding with some girl and of course she turns into the typical Modesitt love interest, strong and independent whilst being of course totally driven in her own area, paired up with the main character through a sense of mutual respect and complete lack of any sense of humor or indeed any character trait at all beyond diligent hard work and loyalty to family.

I know one shouldn't make inferences about the author from their work, but I'd be prepared to bet that Modesitt has been happily married since the early 90s when the series started, to a partner he loves and respects and who respects him, and has never looked twice at anyone else. It's all so *wholesome*. Even when one of his characters does sleep around a bit (Rahl in book 14), he stops by chapter 2 and later enters a respectful monogamous relationship with a woman who works diligently in her own field to become competent and respected, and.... you get the idea.

Anyway Alyiakal and his utterly forgettable hardworking and diligent friend are not yet a couple, so perhaps in book 2 something will happen to disrupt the normal path? Maybe she'll be run over by a cart, or kidnapped by pirates, and Alyiakal will end up with someone more interesting? One can but hope...

9) Character expresses a preference for either a) lager or b) dark ale, in contrast to their companions
No! Real shocker here in chapter 9, he prefers wine to either!!

10) Character meets their 1st antagonist, a stronger mage / solider / scholar whom they have to
placate.
Yes, chapter 8 (with the person becoming hostile in chapter 11), but the character then disappears from the narrative, leaving the playoff for the sequel. I'd put money on them turning out to be a traitor though, since they a) have an unfair advantage in getting ahead and b) sleep around - both sure signs of being a Bad Person in Modesitt's world.

11) Character eats a meal in a restaurant with a) table service and b) tipping, and overhears snippets of a conversation about them
Yes, but in two parts, chapter 20 for the overhearing about themselves whilst eating, but in an officer's mess not a restaurant, while the table service and tipping comes in chapter 46.

(Seriously, has Modesitt never been somewhere where tipping is not polite or expected? Never set foot in a McDonald's or somewhere you need to order at the counter?)

12) Character reads a paragraph of their book, pauses to think, nods slowly in understanding, and goes back to reading
No - as per point 6, Alyiakal doesn't really get his learning from books.

13) Character discovers / teaches themselves some magic skill that is lost / unknown to the wider group
Yes, hints of it in chapter 31, and then breakthroughs start in chapter 52.

14) Character is involved in some fight / contest
Yes, chapters 11,15,23,27-28, then I gave up tracking.

15) Character sadly and reluctantly decides they need to murder someone
Not yet. But I'm pretty sure this will come in the sequel.

16) Character sneaks around, breaks into somewhere, murders one or more people, and gets away with it
Chapter 24 for sneaking about, the rest I'm sure will come in the sequel.

17) Character is promoted
Yes, chapter 36, although (strangely) it's not directly mentioned. And then again in chapter 98.

18) Character is placed in a position of responsibility and succeeds in part thanks to the random practical skill acquired in their childhood, but mostly because of their diligent attitude and hard work
Yes, the 20s. And all through the book, basically.

19) Character discovers some threat / menace / obstacle to progress of society, and sadly and reluctantly decides they need to kill a large number of people in order to stop it
Not yet, almost certainly the sequel.

20) Character flights a large group of people, wiping out an army / fleet and kills one or more very powerful mages
Not yet, almost certainly the sequel.

21) Character permanently changes climate / geography / fundamental nature of the world
Not yet, possibly the sequel.

22) Character founds new society (or fundamentally changes existing one)
Not yet, almost certainly the sequel.

23) Character settles down peacefully with one true love
Not yet, almost certainly the sequel.

So, final score:
- Hits: 12 and 2 half points
- Misses: 2 (Alyiakal didn't read his book and nod slowly, and he prefers wine to ale)
- Waiting for the sequel: 7

...and yet, somehow, I still enjoy reading these books? Even I'm not even sure why, at this point.
… (mais)
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MisterJJones | 1 outra crítica | Mar 2, 2024 |
Potentially interesting story, tediously told. I gave up on it. There really seemed to me only enough material to make a compelling novella. All attempts by Modesitt to create tension and suspense failed. The pacing creeps and he falls into repetitive narrative loops.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 4 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Another riveting episode in the history of Cyador.

There are times when I wish I were not such a quick reader. Why? Because I truly think Modesitt’s works are to be savoured and reflected upon. Weaving the lines of connecting characters both major and minor are to be well explored. But alas, I become totally engrossed and couldn’t slow down. I needed to continue, to see what was around the corner.
After reading the chat forum on Modesitt’s home page my understanding deepened. Thank you!(https://www.lemodesittjr.com/2022/03/15/20022/ ) One member, Bill M. pointed out where Modesitt has cross referenced his new book “From the Forest” with Magi’i of Cyador where the Emperor Alyiakal is a footnote in the history books of Cyad.
“Despite his many successes in establishing the current borders of modern Cyador, and his formalization of the balanced power structure that has come to govern Cyador, he has become the “One Never to be Mentioned” among the Magi’i and Mirror Lancers of Cyad.” (Magi’i of Cyador XIII p.56)
I raced to hold the plot together, whilst continually wondering what would come next. When I arrived at the end I found myself desperate for the next book in the series, but settled for taking up a reread of the Magi’i of Cyad titles arc.
In ‘From the Forest’ Alyiakal is being tutored by a white mage in the hopes of him evincing some Magi’i aptitudes. His father is a Mirror Lancer Majer who has risen through the ranks. He hopes for more for his son. Alyiakal has some slight aptitude for healing. He’s grown up in Jakaafra, an area bordering the Accursed Forest. He’s interacted with the Forest and people who belong there. Does this awaken his senses? Maybe! It does make for very interesting suppositions.
During his Mirror Lance training, he studies with a healer who sees that he’s more than thought. The healer advises Alyiakal to strengthen his wards, even to develop wards within wards.
Whilst training as a Mirror Lancer Alyiakal befriends Hyrsaal. Hyrsaal suggests he correspond with his bored, much younger and inquisitive sister Saelora. They correspond over the years.
Alyiakal is eventually posted to an Undercaptain position in a remote area at Pemedra near the border with Kyphros, fighting barbarians.
At Pemedra, Alyiakal discovers a road of the First Ones that has been forgotten, or deliberately let slide from memory, and Kyphran raiders holding down ruins that First One’s machinery is hidden in.
Things become challenging. Alyiakal wonders if he’ll be conveniently killed or shipped off.
The ties between merchants, mirror lancers, and magi’i for many are those of greed and power. A far cry from what Alyiakal sees as his role.
On the more personal front, I love the deferential way Alyiakal interacts with Saelora who becomes a fully fledged merchanter. Something rare for a woman.
I absolutely loved From the Forest! This is the first episode of Alyiakal—of his journey somehow from Mirror Lancer to Emperor.
I couldn’t put it down! Another intriguing, full to over flowing, page turner from Modesitt!

A Tor ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
… (mais)
 
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eyes.2c | 1 outra crítica | Jan 21, 2024 |
This is a very slow read. The author has created an interesting and VERY detailed world for this story but the amount of detail that goes into every aspect of this story is a little overwhelming. I found that I could skip entire pages and not miss a single aspect of the story, I would only miss the detailed description of the silverware at dinner, or the understanding of how government works that isn’t really an aspect of the plot. I found the magic interesting but lacking, the concept of being able to imagine anything and will it to happen has potential but when put into practice the users best choice is to will an air bubble into someone’s blood or place oil in front of someone who is running. Then the ending of the book is also lacking on the BIG BANG conclusion, you flip thru pages and pages of trying to determine who is out to kill the main character and within a couple turns of the page it’s all over and isn’t’ really all that fantastic.… (mais)
 
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MattKeevil | 28 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2024 |

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