Very happy to be rereading this series, by my favorite author.
1/10 scale, 10 being Godly, 8 being Good, 5 is the dividing line, 5 is readable, 4 is I regret reading it, and 3 or less is how much I hated it.
Book Review - Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Part of the Saga of Recluce
Premise of conflict:7
Resolution of conflict:4
- The story isn't flashy nor are their cliche fantasy races, the understated actions and diversity of their personalities allows the characters to be identifiable, likeable, and real.
- The books premise relies heavily on the subtle and covert features of the geo-political policies of magical nations, which is atypical. Most fantasy stories feature geo-political status as blunt and uninteresting as 'A is at war with B, but B has a friend C'
- Lerris, the main character, isn't a hero, but rather is a talented individual who transitions into a hero, not because he wants to be, not because he is forced to be, but rather because he needs to be, in order to be himself. I find this stance much more interesting than the cliche 'main character sets his sights on achieving greatness, or is forced to complete quest.'
- The book retains a lot of tension when engaging the decisions of the characters. The character often has a chance to weigh in his/her decision and this allows the reader to contemplate what they might do if the decision was up to them. I've often found this type of writing style to be very engaging.
- The plot follows Lerris but the premise is more about Recluce, still Modesitt is the only author I've ever known to make me covetously desire an apprenticeship in woodcrafting, or metalsmithing. I love that Lerris has a day-job. "Don't quit your day job."
- The book is almost entirely dialog, and for those that like a lot of description of and narrative, they would find this book a disappointment.
- I thought the settings were great, but upon review they really exist as bar-framed skeletons, templates which rely on the readers imagination to flesh out. It's a good thing I have an imagination.
- The final fight and resolution of the conflict is sort of lame and unexciting, I like it a lot because it fits well with the story, but for those who want epic fantasy, you won't find it in Magic of Recluce.