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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 30, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NP3DZMO
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Legacies: Corean Chronicles, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The concept of a sort of mechanically assisted teleportation by a "Talented" alien race who rule the masses, referred to as cattle by them, and the battle against the rule by a single "Talented" young man, who is capable of using the system, is well plotted, if occasionally over detailed,
After reflection, I would rate the series as follows: Volumes 1-3(The End) at 5 stars; the volumes 4-6(The Beginning) at 5 stars; and the middle series, Volumes 7 & 8 at about 3.5 stars. The middle is a bit slow and really does not match the pace of the first and second series of novels. It DOES imply the rise of the matriarchal society noted in the first series, however, although that may be stretching a point.
In the distant past, the land of Corus suffered a mysterious magical catastrophe of apocryphal proportions. Unfortunately, what has replaced political and social nirvana is a collage of minor nation-states that are constantly seeking to expand their ways of life through war. Caught in the middle is the territory of the Iron Valleys. Enter into the fray a young man called Alucius, heralded by mysterious beings known as Soarers.
Alucius is a herder of nightsheep. As a character, Alucius is an interesting cross between Luke Skywalker of Star Wars fame and Stephen King's Roland. The first part of the book deals with Alucius's development and his growth into manhood. As with most herders, Alucius has Talent, magical abilities that are largely used to defend nightsheep from Iron Valley predators.
Because of threatening rogue nation-states, Alucius finds himself conscripted into the Iron Valley militia. He evolves into an competent scout, able to use his Talent to locate the invading enemy and escape detection. Unfortunately, disaster strikes and Alucius finds himself a prisoner of war forced to serve in the enemy army.
The world of Corus is fascinating with a wild west flavor tainted by magic and intrigue. Modesitt does not fully explore his new world, obviously leaving that for future volumes. He does, however, leave enough intriguing concepts dangling to whet one's appetite for future adventures.
Legacies is an excellent book filled with well-developed characters that wonder through a tightly wielded plot. Anyone who has enjoyed past Modesitt fantasy works will find Legacies a marvelous read.