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- Listening Length: 23 hours and 47 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 14, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VGILSC4
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Soarer’s Choice: Corean Chronicles, Book 6 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This has the same pop-pop action as the previous book but they don't converge. This story is more on Dainyl and his growing abilities and the political situation. You feel kind of sorry for him trying his darndest to protect the world, his family and the normal life of all on Acorus. However, given what is known from the first 3 books that take place long long after, you know he's fighting a losing battle. You can't understand why the Soarers keep dismissing what he is trying. That is, until the end!
This is not a spoiler since you're expected to have read the first story-arc but you know it's a losing battle because you know the island upon which Elcien is located is sunk and all in the city are lost. The question is, what happens to everybody else. Does Dainyl survive and what happens to his expectant wife and her daughter.
Also, where does Mykel end and does he get the girl? This is the end of the lifestyle that was setup up and the next has to almost start from scratch because virtually everybody with power is gone. Mykel as an experienced leader is the start -- at least in one place.
This book would be almost meaningless without having read the prior two. Indeed, reading the first three Corean Chronicles books is probably best.
Specific to Soarer's Choice, I found this one of Modesitt's best efforts. One thing he usually does in his writing that was blissfully absent here was a sense of building and foreboding and plodding plots until the last or second-to-last chapter, where in a cathartic menagerie of plot revelation, there is a tremendous battle that ends all the conflict in the story. Every single Recluse novel is like that; and most of these Corean books as well. However, here, that wasn't the case at all. Interesting, useful plot movement and exciting, dangerous encounters proliferate the book. So I loved the pacing.
As to the series in general being concluded here, I echo another reviewer who complained about the lack of continuity between the two protagonists, who had interaction in both prior books but are both singled out in this one. It was very strange. I can only guess why Modesitt would build this relationship between these two characters who seem bound by fate together, and then leave them silently separate for the final book of the series. Disappointing.
On another note, however, personally I like the lack of "sexual charge" in his books. Contrary to other reviewers, I think Modesitt knows how to write a man-woman relationship fine. What he doesn't know how to do - or choose to do - is write a scene from the O.C., where 18 years olds are having promiscuous immediate sex with graphic detail. If that's your cup of tea, go read Terry Goodkind pornography (otherwise known as the Sword of Truth series). Modesitt focuses on more monogomous and mature relationships that will ring more true probably with people who have been married 10-20 years than raging hormone high schoolers.
In sum, though, I thought this book had good pacing, with the occassional preaching about the gray areas of justice in medival marketplace economies slowing it down; I thought the plot was great, the end poignant if abrupt, and this one is worth reading the first two for (also decent books).