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A ``prequel'' to The Magic of Recluse (1991), this sometimes engaging, more often frustrating novel details the founding of the island-kingdom of Recluce. Young Creslin, kept ignorant of his powers in both magic and swordcraft, grows unsatisfied with his lot as a male in matriarchal Westwind. Unwillingly betrothed to the ``sub-Tyrant'' of a neighboring nation, Creslin flees eastward, where he is captured by the White (Chaos) magicians, aided by the Black (Order) wizards, and finally forced by circumstance to wed his less-than-thrilled betrothed Megaera, who has been manipulated by magic into the marriage herself. Together (though constantly bickering), they undertake the regency of the desolate isle of Recluce, hoping to turn it into a prosperous haven free of the White wizards. But the wizards have other plans--and Creslin must master his own powers, make the desert Recluce bloom, and defeat the Chaos magicians if he hopes to survive. Unsatisfying--despite some interesting inversions of typical fantasy elements. The first half moves very slowly, as Creslin wanders purposelessly toward Fairhaven, the lair of the White wizards, and the second section is plagued by Megaera's shrewish and cruel treatment of Creslin. But the worst flaw is Modesitt's choice of the present tense throughout the book--very distracting and deadly to any building sense of drama. Disappointing. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A complex world based on a plausible system of magic. (Publishers Weekly)
I could not put it down. This is an outstanding fantasy tale. (Andre Norton)
A time before recluse was recluse. A man fighting destiny a woman fighting a binding stronger then life. Dive into the second book and find out how it all began. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Chrissy
I could not get into this book. It is nothing like 1 or 3, I honestly think it could be completely skipped and you really wouldn't miss much of the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Troy Germain
It's a wonderful book I just had a hard time with the third person narrative. The descriptions are really good. Word pictures are really nice I like those quite a bit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike
I find I get something from these books, than just a story. I learn something from them about relationships and workings of things in life...and they make me appreciate the simple.Published 4 months ago by Michael J Abell