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Soarer's Choice (Corean Chronicles, Book 6) Hardcover – November 14, 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Corean Chronicles Series

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Starred Review. Modesitt's concluding volume to the Corean Chronicles (after 2005's Cadmian's Choice) brings the fantasy saga to a thunderous, satisfying climax. The High Alector Dainyl is now a Marshal, charged with keeping peace among the infighting alectors on the planet Corus, a world they've settled and developed after exhausting the resources of their home planet, Ifryn. This final episode also continues the story of the Mykel, a human Major who possesses some psychic talent (like the alectors') in addition to his military prowess. The alector leaders have chosen to move the bulk of their population to a planet other than Corus, leaving Corus to chaos, with various human and alector factions fighting it out for survival. But it's the winged native Soarers, or Ancients, who will determine the fate of their planet and all its inhabitants. Modesitt's panoramic, battle-filled final installment ranks among his best work. (Nov.)
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*Starred Review* While concluding the second Corean trilogy, Modesitt reveals the origins of some of the social structures and problems that formed the background and plots of the first. The Alectors must move from one planet to another every few millennia because their civilization consumes a world's life force. Corus is one of two worlds prepared for the imminent next move, but the Alectoral government seemingly will choose the other, leaving Corus as a dumping ground for those adjudged unfit for the new world. Those trying to maintain order on Corus face natives chafing at restrictions designed to preserve life force for the Alectors and the High Alectors, with no further goal to achieve, fighting among themselves with lethal weapons. The ancients--the Soarers--decide to act, but no one knows what they can do. The characters have become more fascinating with each novel; moreover, this one includes even more action than either of its predecessors, Alector's Choice (2005) and Cadmian's Choice (2006), which contributes mightily to bringing the adventures of Dainyl, Alector of Corus, and Mykel, an officer in the native military corps, to a stunning conclusion while leaving enough unanswered questions for many more Corean stories. Frieda Murray
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Product Details

  • Series: Corean Chronicles, Book 6 (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Indy Reviewer VINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
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Soarer's Choice is an acceptable but not great finale to the Corean Chronicles. Modesitt weaves an interesting tale of political intrigues with his characters but doesn't do a particularly satisfying job of tying that to the world he's created, meaning plot development and resolution leaves something to be desired. I take a star off for the overall plot and a half star for shunting one of his lead protagonists to a secondary role, but I'll round it up to 4 stars as the intrigues were interesting enough the first read through to keep me up past my bedtime.

The basic problem of writing a prequel is that the reader already knows the ending, which means if you're not careful as a writer you end up spending the majority of your plot on things that either don't matter or just seem contrived to get you to the beginning of the next book. (Think the Star Wars prequels: you suffer 8 hours of hell to finally get to the great last 30 minutes, and even then parts of it feel contrived.) Modesitt's actually been both very good (the first few Recluce books) and very bad (the Cyador novels) at walking this line.

Soarer's Choice falls somewhere in between. In this case, the prequel's problem is that at the start of the book we know that something was done to the life-sucking, planet-invading alectors by the ancients, but we're not sure about who, how, when, and what resulted, just that those questions have to be answered by the end of the book. (The why at least is nicely answered over the last couple of books.) The resolution of all these questions would have made a very meaty, intriguing plot.

Instead, we get a political drama surrounding the commander of the alector military forces, Dainyl, and a less-satisfying series of military battles with his native counterpart, Mykel.
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This must be a "ditto" review. This is just one book in a series -- all pick up where the last one left off! -- Whoops! Not True. The first and/or second book is in the far future (for the series). The later books go back to the beginning and drag you "kicking and screaming for more" all the history up to the first couple of books. Sorry, I cannot remember the sequence, but it is not important. I just recommend starting with the first book, and read them all the way to the last! . If you read them on an iTablet, or an Android Tablet, as you finish one book, you are automatically taken to a webpage that offers you the next book. If you have an Amazon account, all you need do is click on the next book, and it is downloaded immediately, so you can start reading exactly where you left off.
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By May on September 5, 2015
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L.E. Modesitt brings his characters to life in his writing. I absolutely loved this book. The struggle to live is a great incentive to act in the way you feel right and Dainyl does just that. Even with the threat of losing everything. You know a great piece of writing when the emotion is so strong that it can bring you to tears.
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The beginning of another awesome series. I read this first several years ago. The replay has been fun and ,at times, thought provoking. If you enjoy reading a complex, multi-book, serial, this is the one to start. Mr. Modesitte's books are always thought provoking and contain very complex central characters. Here's hoping that you enjoy this series as much as I do.
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Loved the ending.. it really worded for me.. and another book I had trouble going to sleep, because I did not want to put it down.. I really enjoy the authors story lines and development of characters.. It is a good story when you want to follow them more.. even into dull life times.. lol..
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Story moves pretty fluidly and there is plenty of action to keep your interest but if your looking for great literary language with form and description, I'd say his word/phrase choices are more in the basic straight forward realm. None the less, a good read.
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Within the Corean chronicles, this trilogy shines. As Mr.Modesitt takes us back to the beginning of the previous stories of this land, I delighted in the familiarity of the land and the revelations of the mysteries of the first books. Again I could not put it down and cheered for the victories and successes of the reluctant heroes as they learned and slowly mastered their abilities and talents always facing great challenges and with unrelenting morals. Phillip Nottoli
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Soarer's Choice by L.E. Modesitt, jr

This is book six of the Corean Chronicles. This is more like the end of the beginning of the series. The plot sets the stage for the first three books. Dainyl discovers the extent of his known powers and Mykel discovers he has talent.

Although this book appears to offer closure to the roots of the first three books, one wonders if it does. I am currently reading Lord Protector's Daughter which seems to follow Mykel's family line although generations later. If a saga is making money why not continue to expand it's nature.

The impact of differing goals is clearly illustrated. The lander's desire for gold to the exclusion of all else and the alector's obsession with power are both examples of overwhelming greed rather than two different goals.

In my repetitive closing on Modesitt's books, I am an admitted admirer of Modesitt's style and work. There is a common thread of honor and responsibility through his work. His characters struggle to maintain their core identities and to remain truly humble in spite of increasing power.

I highly recommend.

Site: http://www.lemodesittjr.com/
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