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Product Details

  • Series: Saga of Recluce (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Thick as it is, the 15th Recluce novel is actually just the second half of the story that began with Natural Ordermage (2007), in which young Rahl was exiled from Recluce because he couldn't control his passions or considerable magical talents. Now on the much larger island of Hamor, where magicians work for the government, he resentfully receives the protection and training he needs from older mage-guard Taryl, who never seems satisfied even with Rahl's best efforts. More serious tests follow when the emperor's brother leads a revolt and Rahl is sent off with the troops. As he endures a long military campaign—with readers feeling they've slogged along with him through detailed descriptions of crops, architecture and weather—Rahl realizes that order isn't quite the same thing as good, and chaos isn't necessarily evil. Watching him learn to work within this complicated system and decide what's important makes the dolorous trek worthwhile. (July)
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From Booklist

The eagerly awaited sequel to Natural Ordermage (2007) continues the adventures of Rahl, the young exile from Recluce, now an aide to mage-guard Taryl of Hamor, who recognized his talent and gave him the training no one in Recluce was willing or able to provide. He has come a long way from the self-centered young man who demanded that the world always be fair to him, but he still feels overwhelmed by the work and thinking that Taryl demands. How, he wonders as the two leave to help subdue a rebellion, can he think ahead and plan for events about which he knows nothing? Yet Taryl expects that. Through Rahl’s eyes, Modesitt gives a lucid picture of responsibility, of what it means to have others’ lives in your hands, and of learning to know your limits, even when you have power. Tempered by war, heartened by love and friendship, Rahl emerges a strong, honest man and mage, a credit to Hamor (and a loss to Recluce). Mage-Guard measures well up to Modesitt at his best. --Frieda Murray

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

The plots are interesting and well thought out.
Mordant
Mage-Guard of Hamor is no exception to his standard writing formula, in which there is a book full of build up, and a rather quick resolution.
Matthew Spivey
Other books in the series are stand alone and can be read solo.
Jeffrey Kearnan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By farhorizon on August 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mage-Guard of Hamor is one of Modesitt's best works to date. He continues Rahl's story in a believable and enthralling fashion & his supporting characters have great depth and their own enticing backstories and intriguing motivations. The exact nature of the final conflict and its resolution were reasonably difficult to predict until just before the events. Even then, the resolution had a few interesting surprises and the epilogue offers its own little twist.

The main character Rahl is believably flawed and slowly matures over the course of the book. Rahl's maturation is done in a great variety of ways that are gradual enough to feel realistic yet quick enough to keep pacing steady and lend urgency to the plot. While there are certainly surface similarities between Rahl and Lorn from Modesitt's Cyador duology, I found that the vastly different political structure, Rahl's status as an immigrant, the nature of the campaign and the presence of a guiding mentor lead to a completely different story.

Rahl's mentor Taryl is one of my favorite supporting characters in any Recluse book. I found his backstory to be fascinating and the way he keeps Rahl (and the reader) somewhat in the dark will make you want to keep turning pages very late into the night! Partially because of the greater attention and detail on a mentor than other Recluce books, Mage-Guard is longer than typical of Modesitt, but I found that the pages were well filled.

Modesitt also reveals much about Hamorian customs, food, and general life in the book. He depicts a variety of cities and rural areas within Hamor as well as the seat of government itself. He blends this quite well with the military campaign, never stopping the flow of things to gush Hamorian history but doling out enough to give a lush backdrop to the events of Mage-Guard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael McGlothlin on April 29, 2010
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Natural Ordermage and Mage-Guard of Hamor form the best sub-series of the already great Recluse series. The depth of the characters is richer than ever and the continued mix of chaos and order mages as well as characters from different lands and cultures is amazing. The growth of the main character is so real as he struggles through teen angst and on into adulthood is very well developed and often touching while remaining interesting. Friendship, love, betrayal, magic, and martial combat are all here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. VanZwoll on April 17, 2014
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The sequel to "Natural Ordermage", this novel continues the story of Rahl and his mentor Taryl. Hamor has been dragged into a war of brother against brother, Imperial against Rebel. The second novel set in Hamor shows Rahl exploring more of his power and learning who he is as a person and to what lengths he will go to protect the people who have become his friends, family, and responsibility.

I enjoyed this novel more than "Natural Ordermage", feeling that the first book of this duology set the story in motion for this novel. The stories fit together seamlessly, and also provide more information on Hamor's point of view regarding past conflicts with Recluse, as well as connections between the ancient civilization of Cyad - mentioned both by the usurper when he attempted to claim the throne of Emperor during battle, and also with a token or esteem and affection that links back to characters in "Scion of Cyador."

I really enjoy the way that Modesitt continues to link the novels in his Recluse saga to each other, even across different time periods and countries. It shows that the actions of a few can and sometimes do affect generations of people.... a history lesson that everyone should learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Kearnan on June 29, 2011
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What can I say, I am a HUGE Recluse Saga fan. I think the books in the series are excellent and I love the flowing writing style. These are those books that you read and can't put down. I have often come to the end of a chapter and needed to go to bed or go do something else, and been so "into" the story that I had to start the next chapter. This Saga will capture you.

The books can be read out of order but some books in the series are sequential - the first book starts a story about a given character, the next book in the sequence finishes off that story. Be sure to read the first of these to start. Other books in the series are stand alone and can be read solo. But trust me, it would be VERY tough to read only one book in this series.

Some series have great "re-read" value and I hold this Recluse Saga as one of my most "re-read" ever. Some of these I have read 4 or 5 times and still enjoy them and have trouble putting them down. From Karl the cooper to Rahl and his issues, the characters in these books come alive and we get real buy-in to what happens to them.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of the Recluse Saga books. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookaday on September 18, 2014
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I enjoy all the Recluce stories be they from the Chaos side or the Order point of view. I have found from discussing them with friends and family that you either like all the books or just cant get thru even one of them. Pretty much always the same theme, average guy develops extraordinary ability, still feels like ordinary guy but has to learn to deal with the power. Struggles on and on to do the right thing. The women in his life are all more mature, know more about life yet know that they need to bond with the protagonist. One man doing his best is able to change his world for the better.. end of lesson. That said I still love the books. Very glad that audible has decided to make them all available.
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