Legacies : Corean Chronicles

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Kyle McCarley
  • Series: Corean Chronicles
  • 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.


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"Thoughtful readers will be appreciative, and the author's fans will be impressed." (Publishers Weekly)


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Legacies Corean Chronicles

Legacies: Corean Chronicles is the first book in a new series for L.E. Modesitt, Jr. I found this book enjoyable despite some repetitive themes that tend to follow Modesitt books. If you are a Modesitt fan you should understand and can expect a well written story. Kyle McCarley did a fine job with his narration as well. He was clear and used various voices for the characters. The child who is the main character at the start grows up and his voice does change over a course of time.

This is a coming of age type story of a boy named Alucius. The first 15 chapters or so we get a view of our protagonist as a child as he grows up in the Iron Valley and learns the ways of a sheep herder. We get an idea of what the magic system is from which this character seems to be very well gifted. His life is eventually turned upside down and he is called to join the army as forces threaten his homeland. There is plenty of character development and our hero will soon discover the many flaws in the world in which he inhabits.

Having recently read Imagers series I noticed that similar terms were used (for example, glass to tell time). Also, similar is the main theme of a young hero who is good natured, moral, and possessing magical abilities who must struggle through battles and be promoted through the ranks of an army. At least there is not an annoying religion in this story. The magic system, on the other hand, is very similar to imagers. There is descriptions of strings which connect people, objects, and have some importance in the fabric of the world. There are still many details to be told of the extent and history surrounding magical talents. However, we receive an acceptable ending for the meantime with some interesting characters left in play that should make some entertaining future sequels.
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- breckoz "Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction"

Same formula, different characters

Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and/or Kyle McCarley?

I've tried other books by the author and they're pretty much the same as this one. Perhaps different location and character names but it's the same story line. In this book it's not even well executed.

What was most disappointing about L. E. Modesitt, Jr.’s story?

It's not a coherent telling of a story. The book is written more like a journal. there's 125 chapters of very short length that detail a short period of time and sometimes these chapters aren't really connected (especially in the first part of the story).

What didn’t you like about Kyle McCarley’s performance?

The narrator tried to give each character a distinct voice but most of them ended up sounding similar. The women sounded like men most of the time.

What character would you cut from Legacies?

The main one. With the way the book is written the main character really isn't a character, he's a plot device. There are some interesting characters who could really shine but they stay in the background.

Any additional comments?

If you've read any of the author's other books you have read this one. The main character in this book follows in the footsteps of all of the author's other main characters. The places and names might be different but the plot's pretty much the same. The only difference between the author's other works and this latest book is that there's less verbosity... which detracts fromt he story even more.

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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio