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Fairhaven Rising (Saga of Recluce, 22) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2022
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Modesitt continues his bestselling Saga of Recluce with his twenty-second book in the long-running series. Fairhaven Rising follows The Mage-Fire War.
Sixteen years have passed since the mage Beltur helped to found the town of Fairhaven, and Taelya, Beltur's adopted niece, is now a white mage undercaptain in the Road Guards of Fairhaven.
Fairhaven's success under the Council has become an impediment to the ambition of several rulers, and the mages protecting the town are seen as a threat.
Taelya, a young and untried mage, will find herself at the heart of a conspiracy to destroy her home and the people she loves, and she may not be powerful enough to stop it in time.
Saga of Recluce
#1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of the Sunset / #3 The Order War / #4 The Magic Engineer / #5 The Death of Chaos / #6 Fall of Angels / #7 The Chaos Balance / #8 The White Order / #9 Colors of Chaos / #10 Magi’i of Cyador / #11 Scion of Cyador / #12 Wellspring of Chaos / #13 Ordermaster / #14 Natural Order Mage / #15 Mage-Guard of Hamor / #16 Arms-Commander / #17 Cyador’s Heirs / #18 Heritage of Cyador / #19 The Mongrel Mage / #20 Outcasts of Order / #21 The Mage-Fire War / #22 Fairhaven Rising
Story Collection: Recluce Tales
Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
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Praise for Fairhaven Rising
“Extraordinary.” ―Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Mongrel Mage
USA Today Bestseller
“No writer does it better.”―Kirkus
“Smart, thoughtful, and entertaining.”―Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Praise for Outcasts of Order
USA Today Bestseller
“Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt's universe, if only for a few hours or days.”―Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Mage-Fire War
USA Today Bestseller
“Readers with a fondness for family sagas will appreciate the focus on day-to-day life”―Publishers Weekly
“I don’t think I’ve disliked a single one of Modesitt’s Recluce books but I was still a bit surprised . . . how quickly [The Mage-Fire War] has become one of my favorite books in the series.”―The Arched Doorway
About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Books (March 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250265207
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250265203
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.11 x 1.35 x 6.83 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #365,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can understand why readers might want a more lyrical, flamboyant, heated narrative (which I often also enjoy). But, for me, there is something immersive and satisfying about this more understated approach. The worldbuilding is convincing and grounded. I love the way that the Recluce books, taken together, provide a variety of perspectives, showing how different nations and city states rise and fall. They also offer detailed portrayals of a variety of jobs, including fantasy standards (soldiers, mages, healers) as well as less commonly highlighted trades (blacksmiths, carpenters, bakers, coopers, scriveners). In the early books, black mages are the heroes and white mages the enemy, but later books include white mages as the heroes/heroines, such as Taelya in this book.
Returning to this book in particular -- spoilers ahead -- I especially liked how Taelya collaborates with others, rather than tackling each crisis alone. Plus I enjoyed her interactions with Sheralt, and wished that thread had been a little more prominent. Overall: thoroughly enjoyable. 3.5 out of 5 chaos-wielding stars.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).