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Magi'i of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce) Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 2001

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Book 10 of 18 in the saga of recluce Series

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Once again Modesitt (Colors of Chaos, The Spellsong Cycle series) returns to the fantasy world of his popular Saga of Recluce series, now with the first book in a new story line set in Recluce's past. The only thing standing between the Empire of Cyador and destruction is the power of the Magi'i, who wield the energies of chaos to defend the land against invading barbarians and the ancient dark forces of the Accursed Forest. Lorn, the son of a high-ranking Magi'i, finds the magical order's many rules too constricting and is sent off to join the Lancers and fight Cyador's countless enemies on the borderlands. That distance doesn't remove him from the constant intrigues and power struggles back home in Cyan, however. While Lorn battles to survive barbarian raids and attacks from the Accursed Forest's worst nightmares, his lover, the merchant Ryalth, works to build her business despite threats from unscrupulous rivals. Though Lorn survives and, by the end of the book, manages to take Ryalth as his consort, it's clear that Modesitt has much more in store for his characters. True to form, the author delivers a complex plot wrapped around finely textured settings and intriguing characters. Fans of previous Recluce novels will find this new series darker in tone--and Lorn is quite a bit more ruthless than the usual Modesitt hero--but they won't be disappointed.
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Judged lacking in the loyalty and dedication necessary for a position as one of the elite mages of Cyador, Lorn receives an assignment to the Mirror Lancers who protect the land of Cyador from the barbarian frontier--a tour of duty that often results in an early death. The latest in Modesitt's popular "Recluce" series begins a new cycle in the history of a world based upon the delicate balance of chaos and order. The author's talent for combining large-scale action with the minutiae of his characters' daily lives infuses his story with a veracity often lacking in the genre. A good choice for most fantasy collections, particularly where the series is popular.
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Product Details

  • Series: Saga of Recluce (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; First Edition edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812579488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812579482
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on July 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book 10 in the Saga of Recluce
Even though this is the tenth volume in the Saga of Recluce, it is chronologically the first. Long before Creslin founded Recluce, long before the angels fell and Nylan built Westwind, long before all of the recorded history of Recluse there was the Empire of Cyador. Cyador is an Empire built on the power of Chaos mages and Chaos towers (supplying the Chaos energy required for much of the technology of Cyador). The Empire uses the army (Lancers) to hold back the barbarians from Cyador as well as hold the Accursed Forest (the forest that the Druids are later from) back from spreading into Cyador.
Lorn is a son of a Magi family. He is one of the most talented and proficient students in his classes, but he lacks the love of chaos that is necessary to become a Magi. Lorn can do the work better than perhaps anyone and is capable of being a Chaos Master, but he isn�t obsessed with it nor does he truly love Chaos. If you have read other Recluce novels, you know this will lead to Lorn�s exile from his family and the city of Cyad. This is most similar to Lerris being exiled from Recluse and going on the Dangergeld (The Magic of Recluce). The difference is that Lorn knows why he must leave Cyad, where he is going, and what the risks are. Lorn is made a Lancer undercaptain and must fight on the frontier of Cyad against barbarians. Lancers have a low survival rate, Magi Lancers have an even lower survival rate because they get the most difficult assignments (so that they will be killed. A personal capable of wielding chaos but not a magus is too dangerous to the Empire, or so the higher ups have decided). Lorn knows what he is getting into, but actually becoming a Lancer is the only way that he sees to live.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rajesh Goel on April 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A worthy addition to the Recluce Series. Backfills where THE CHAOS BALANCE and FALL OF ANGELS left off..exploring CYAD in all it's glory.
As usual, Modesitt introduces a heady young man, in this case, SMART, HARD-WORKING, but not a highly-motivated young Mage. The kid gets sent to the Lancers, where he learns the Military ways while secretly strengthening his magely ways.
Modesitt provides glimpses into the founding of CYAD, and references to the First Born, i.e., the White Angels.
As usual in the Recluce Series, Modesitt *REALLY* gets into Lorn's head. While not as strong as some of the previous books (Magic Engineer, Recluce, The Order War and The White Order are my faves), it still stands cubits ahead of other fantasy authors or worlds.
I _EAGERLY_ look forward to the next volume!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Spector on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This novel started out very strong, however the entire center consisted of a series of events that were just repeated over and over again. When things finally start to happen, and you get excited the book simply ends. The reader is left hanging with no explanation. For a 444 page book, it has relatively very little in it. If this is the beginning of a series, then it seems that it was forced into two books when it should have been one. All in all it was very disapointing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Gatlin on July 18, 2001
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O.K. Read the other reviews; it is right down the middle of the other Recluce books. It is about Cyador, the home of the white magicians, before it fell. In this book, you will understand the details of why it will fall, but we are not near that point. There are new wrinkles. It is a cliff-hanger. I expect a sequel for the future plans of the protagonist. You won't learn anything new about how Recluce magic works if you have read the other books, but you get a nice gap filled in for history, an interesting good guy, and some thoughtful extensions of things you already knew. I enjoyed this book as a part of the series, but if you are expecting the same buzz as from the first one you read in the series, you will probably have to go find a new series.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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This book continues to explore the humanity of both camps--the Rationalists and the Angels. When I first read the Magic of Recluce, it seemed that there was a clear demarkation of "good" versus "evil". What Modesitt has continued to explore is the complexity of "what is good? what is evil?" His books such as Colors of Chaos and the new Magi'i of Cyador present the position that the whites are not more or less "evil" than the blacks--they are two sides of the same coin--humanity. I look forward with a great deal of anticipation to the follow-on for which he has prepared us in this newest book. Lorn is an engaging character whose development and advancement are due to a combination of circumstance and deliberation. His choices are like those faced by most of humanity--what can he do that creates the least destructive result for both himself and those he loves.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Nelson VINE VOICE on May 27, 2000
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The cut and dried dialogue and narration that open this story sets the tone of a "rationalist" viewpoint which one quickly sees is both fearful and overtly unemotional simultaneously. The use of the screeing glass by the Magi'i to invade the privacy of the hero and his family is quite chilling for it is a powerful tool for constraint on their behavior and ability to even speak with one another. One learns that the families of the magi'i have no freedom for they can be truth read and spied upon at the whim and will of the magi'i and they are forced to live in a prison of fearful restraint. But, as the story unfolds our hero Lorn begins to evolve into a quietly passionate, deeply intelligent and clever man. He is forced to manipulate and master increasingly hostile environments into which he has been forced to survive the plots against him simply because of his heritage as mage-born. He finds himself uncommitted to the prospect of spending his years trapped within concrete and marble buildings devoted to the boring (to him) future of spending his own life force (chaos) on refuelling energy cells. These energy cells power the firelances of Mirror Lancers and the firewagons used for transportation in the ongoing struggle against the accursed forest and the barbarians. The story is largely spent describing his struggles to overcome the aforesaid barbarians and accursed forest as an outcast magi'i in the role as mirror lancer. However, one has a sense that this is stage setting for his unfolding evolution into the highest echelon of the magi'i. He has acquired wealth and power from that wealth through his own foresight and the skills of his merchanter consort Ryalth. He is destined to become a mover and a shaker in the next part of this saga.Read more ›
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