Once again Modesitt
(Colors of Chaos, The Spellsong Cycle series) returns to the fantasy
world of his popular Saga of Recluce series, now with the first book in
a new story line set in Recluce's past. The only thing standing between
the Empire of Cyador and destruction is the power of the Magi'i, who
wield the energies of chaos to defend the land against invading
barbarians and the ancient dark forces of the Accursed Forest. Lorn, the
son of a high-ranking Magi'i, finds the magical order's many rules too
constricting and is sent off to join the Lancers and fight Cyador's
countless enemies on the borderlands. That distance doesn't remove him
from the constant intrigues and power struggles back home in Cyan,
however. While Lorn battles to survive barbarian raids and attacks from
the Accursed Forest's worst nightmares, his lover, the merchant Ryalth,
works to build her business despite threats from unscrupulous rivals.
Though Lorn survives and, by the end of the book, manages to take Ryalth
as his consort, it's clear that Modesitt has much more in store for his
characters. True to form, the author delivers a complex plot wrapped
around finely textured settings and intriguing characters. Fans of
previous Recluce novels will find this new series darker in tone--and
Lorn is quite a bit more ruthless than the usual Modesitt hero--but they
won't be disappointed.
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