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Product Details

  • Series: Saga of Recluce (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (July 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812538951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812538953
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Gods themselves do battle in this prequel to Modesitt's popular Recluse saga. Set centuries before last year's The Death of Chaos, the story recounts a space battle in which the frigate Winterlance is blown into another universe and makes an emergency landing on a habitable planet. The castaways, mostly female space marines, initially must struggle with the harsh weather and their own failing technology in order to survive. Soon, however, they discover that they share their new world with a more intelligent enemy: other humans. The natives, whose culture is intensely patriarchal, have magical powers and are extremely hostile, especially to independent women. As Ryba and Nylan, the Winterlance's former chief officers, struggle to create both a civilization and a means to defend it, they must fight increasingly difficult battles even while coming to terms with their own awakening magical powers. Modesitt's character development is solid, and the novel makes intriguing use of technology in a fantasy setting, but the plot is predictable and the language pedestrian. A seemingly superfluous subplot concerning the chief villain's home life fails to add excitement. Fans of the series should enjoy this sixth entry, particularly for its explication of the myths and legends of latter-day Recluse, but it's not the sort of volume likely to win Modesitt a new legion of admirers.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The latest novel in Modesitt's Recluce series is one of the best and most accessible for readers new to the saga. It casts back in time to the founding of one of the well-established cultures of Recluce, the women warriors of Westwind. The Westwind women sprang from the mostly female crew of a crashed starship who then faced a classic situation, that of exiles from a technological culture on a pretechnological planet that holds more than a few surprises for them. Modesitt manages this version of that predicament quite well, infusing it with more action than is in most of the other Recluce yarns, as well as with a certain amount of preaching on the utility of violence. The resulting tale will hold existing series fans and probably recruit some new ones. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

After spending years writing poetry, political speeches and analyses, as well as economic and technical reports on extraordinarily detailed and often boring subjects, I finally got around to writing my first short story, which was published in 1973. I kept submitting and occasionally having published stories until an editor indicated he'd refuse to buy any more until I wrote a novel. So I did, and it was published in 1982, and I've been writing novels -- along with a few short stories -- ever since.

If you want to know more, you can visit my website at www.lemodesittjr.com.

Customer Reviews

If you like sci fi fantasy, this is for you.
Carl Shipley
I read the wheel of Times series by Robert Jordan and find this series equally as good.
Elcewicz
The conflicts, characters and story lines were always engaging and well fleshed out.
Mook Dubious

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryant on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
-L.E. Modesitt jr's Recluse series is a world of magic and balance. a world that will grab you and make you loss track of time as you are unable to put his Recluse books down. The author, recommends that you read his book in the order of they were published. If you are the person who likes to read the last 50 pages of a book first, and then skip around to different areas of the book as you read it through, then by all means, read the Recluse series in the order of publish. WAIT!..... If you are a reader who truly enjoys finding yourself part of the on going story, as read a series from the start of he story to its end. Then the Recluse series will grab you and not let you go until the conclusion of the series. L.E. Modesitt, jr. has written an 11 books series of the Recluse world so far. This author wrote the Magic of Recluse first. As be has published books, he has jumped around throughout the story time line of the world of Recluse, and put together books of set, and other single books, which he may add another book to that part of the story in a future published book. This author has written the story in books of set, that is the first three book of story: 1st book) "Fall of Angels", 2rd) "The Chaos Balance" & 3rd) "The Tower of the Sunset". Tells the birth and the destruction of kingdom of highly skilled warriors, with the third book leading into the creation of a new kingdom, (Recluse). Then the next book is, 4th book of the World of Recluse) "The Magic Engineer". Then Modesitt, jr. switches to the side of Chaos, and tells a story where the character's of Chaos will became heroes in your eyes too.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you have yet to experience Modesitt's Recluce Series then this book is the perfect place to start. Fall of Angels is the first book in the timeline of the story, and is consistent in its approach to the rest of the series. What Modesitt does that few other writers can or will, is blend science fiction and fantasy together, and it is in this book where this is most easily seen, for the survivors from the spaceship must learn to adapt from a universe where science rules to one in which magic is the master. Modesitt also focuses in depth on one particular character in each of his books, and what this does besides add to character development in general, is let the reader see and feel what it is like to be a blacksmith or a carpenter. Other fantasys use these occupations as a general piece of the setting, but Modesitt seems to have a firm grasp of the importance people place on what they do, especially in a society in which work is still done on a hands on basis and not on an assembly line. In this book, we see the character of Nylan up close, who apparently in addition to being an inventor, engineer, blacksmith, and carpenter, is also the founder of the order of black mages. What we see in this character is a scientist, not one in a futuristic setting, but one who must learn to do things that we take for granted even today. What this book does not make as clear as the others in the series is the role that chaos and order play. The reason for this is, of course, that Nylan is just learning how to use Order. But even here one can begin to see how different this series is. Modesitt takes Order and Chaos, two scientific concepts, and through the use of his blending of science fiction and fantasy, turns them into magical concepts. This is more realistic than the normal antithesis between good and evil, and allows the characters to have more depth. If you're a fantasy lover and want something different than this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBC on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In my late teens I got into this series a bit. 10+ years later, I dug some of them out and began re-reading. I started with the first in the series, The Magic Of Recluce (Recluce Series, Book 1), and then moved to this one, as these two had been my favorites back in the day.

So far, this series leaves me feeling conflicted. There are lots of problematic issues, both in the writing itself and in the unfortunate implications expressed there-in. However, my inner-nerd loves all the history and crafting.

Let's start with the problematic issues. SPOILERS ABOUND.

1. Nylan is a whiney-ass Gary-Sue. He is good -- no, brilliant, genius in fact -- at everything he attempts despite having no knowledge of or training in low-tech tradeskills. It absolutely makes no sense. Who the hell knows how to make charcoal in even our comparative-to-"angel"-society low-tech society, let alone a society so technologically advanced as to have advanced space travel and combat? One example of many. And I don't think they would have taught that sort of thing in his engineering school, because those sorts of low-tech skills and technologies would have been irrelevant in their society.

Then, everyone loves Nylan. Despite the fact that he has the emotional awareness and social skills of someone on the Asperger's spectrum. He rarely talks to anyone (and when he does, his conversation is short and to the point), makes no efforts to form friendships or bonds, and yet somehow everyone adores him. Except, of course, the bad guys. If you don't like Nylan, you turn out to be a chaos-ridden bad-guy.

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