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Praise for The Corean Chronicles:

“Modesitt reveals again why success follows his novels. The characters are flawless, his world-building continues to enchant and there is always plenty of conflict and mystery.”
—RT Book Reviews on The Lord-Protector’s Daughter

“The characters have become more fascinating with each novel; moreover, this one includes even more action than either of its predecessors…which contributes mightily to bringing the adventures of Dainyl, Alector of Corus, and Mykel, an officer in the native military corps, to a stunning conclusion while leaving enough unanswered questions for many more Corean stories.”
—Booklist, starred review on Soarer’s Choice

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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Product Details

  • Series: Corean Chronicles (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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After The Lord Protector's Daughter I didn't have to much hope of this book. But was I wrong, this book took off with adventure and ended with adventure. IF you liked the first trilogy you will like this book.

Mykella has finally dealt justice to her uncle and cousin, now she must pull her country back from the horror of her way of dealing with them. Then she begins to find all the theft and injustice that are still rampant in Lanacrona. Many people are not ready for a just and decisive ruler.

Many of the seltyrs and the factors will do anything to continue to strip Lanacrona of its wealth and power. Her sisters are not very supportive in a land that has very little use for women. Almost everyone has trouble believing this young small woman can take charge and enforce the laws and the rulings of the land.

Her father allowed his brother to rule and make most of the laws of the country under the pretext that he was helping her father. Her father did not believe the many warnings about his brother's actions and rulings.

Only Areyst is supportive, and he is now the leader of the army. Not only has her uncle stripped Lanacrona but he has left her with an army in need of training. Since that was not one of her uncle's ambitions for the country.

Mykella will need all of her wits and Talent to overcome the dealings of her uncle and the ambitions of the seltyrs and factors left in Lanacrona.

I found it wonderful and exciting. It is wonderful to find a strong woman character. After the previous novel set in this time I was delighted with this book. My only gripe is that they should have been one book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
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L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is one of the best, well-known, modern writers in this genre. His latest book is much like his other works. It is completely flawless in its design and character work. For those out there who have not read the eight previous books, this story might be a bit confusing for you. There is still plenty of excitement for regular folks in it, but knowing the other books will make the story more cohesive. The book does break down the plot at some points to give some important back history to the story, but overall this is a book for fans.
My favorite thing about Modesitt's stories is his pacing. No modern writer out there is as good as he is at making his chapters flow so coherently. It is like a roller coaster for the eyes. I found this book to be one of the best in the Corean group so far. It is like a well-noted symphony as human emotion and dialogue fill the story with humor, romance and mystery pulling at the reader. It is also enjoyable to see the parallels of Mykella, the first Lady-Protector of Lanachrona, dealing with the social aspects of ruling as well as the political aspects. This is not a great book to start with if you know nothing about Modesitt's work, but it is a great part of the growing legacy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
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After the death of her father and her own execution of her traitor-uncle, Mykella has proclaimed herself the first Lady-Protector of Lanachrona. She has the strong support of the head of the Southern Guard, Areyst, but the treasury is empty, the rich merchants jealous of their privileges, and the lumber yards that traditionally support the nation's budget have already been over-farmed. Worse, foreign enemies, who had conspired with Mykella's uncle, are now mobilizing to attack and alien invaders apparently plan to take advantage of the confusion to take over the planet, draining it of all energy to support their own goals of creating a beautiful civilization that exists only for the very elite.

Mykella has one advantage--she was touched by an ancient entity that awakened her psychic powers. These powers allow her to reach into the life force of any opponent and kill them, as well as to travel instantly to anywhere connected by mysterious dark paths. Still, killing anyone who opposes her isn't going to create the kind of loving (or profitable) nation she wants. Then there's her sister, who believes that Mykella destroyed her chance at happiness when she executed their uncle and cousin.

Author L. E. Modesitt, Jr. continues his Corean Chronicles with a superior fantasy. Rather than concentrate on her killing her way to success, Modesitt has Mykella struggle with taxes, with finding honest and capable employees (it helps that she can tell when people are lying), with her love life, and with her own sisters. LADY-PROTECTOR tugs on the emotions as it moves into the final pages, delivering an exciting wrap-up as Mykella must confront both the alien invasion and the human invasion in close order.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skip on April 1, 2011
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Modesitt has a winner here. Only complaint is that you have to read the previous and somewhat inferior book, "The Lord-Protector's Daughter" (Corean Chronicles), in order to fully enjoy this one. If you have already read the previous book in this series, then this is a must read. I agree with an earlier review that they should have been one book. (Yes, I know you should italicize book titles but this doesn't seem to be an option Amazon gives it's reviewers.)
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