The Magic Engineer : Saga of Recluce

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • Series: Saga of Recluce
  • 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The chronicles of the magical island of Recluce continue as young Dorrin, fascinated by forbidden science, goes into exile in the lands of Chaos, where he unwillingly invents devices of war to save his land from the evil Chaos wizards.

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What the Critics Say

"L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is uncompromising when it comes to the effects of magic, both on the natural world and on the human heart." (Robin Hobb)

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I'm a Modesitt fan, but I couln't finish this one.

What disappointed you about The Magic Engineer?

This is my first book review, but I just had to say something! I have enjoyed other Modesitt books, including the Soprano Sorcerer books, the two Imager books, and the first two Recluse books, including Magic of Recluse and Towers of Sunset. Unfortunately, I have completely lost interest in Recluse after trying to listen to this one. The book is long on detail, but short on anything interesting. There were details, details and more details about Dorin's every day actions, which might have been slightly interesting at first, but became incredibly boring as the book went on, and on, and on. I listened to most of the book, waiting for something exciting to happen, and I finally gave up, it just was too tortuous to keep listening to Kirby Heyborne drone on and on, with no emotion or variety in his tone. I figure Kirby Heyborne must have been so bored with the story that he couldn't bring himself to put any emotion into it. Other Modesitt books I've read have had a plot, and often a romance, and I like that he keeps it clean. However, there wasn't even a decent romance, just two people who eventually get together.


Has The Magic Engineer turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm an avid Epic Fantasy Fiction fan, so I will continue to look for more books in this genre. I highly recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson, especially The Way of Kings and the Mistborn series, as well as the work he finished with Robert Jordan, the Wheel of Time series. Jim Butcher's Codex Alera books were excellent, and I've also greatly enjoyed Robin Hobbs books. Although the world that Modesitt created intrigued and interested me for a while, it is time for me move on.


Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

Kirby Heyborne was not so bad in the first two books of this series (Magic of Recluse and Towers of Sunset), but after this, I don't think I can listen to another one of his performances.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, other than rich detail.


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- Suzanne O

Very strong entry

O.K., after reading many other reviews, I feel the need to defend this novel a bit. There are certainly similarities, between this novel and the previous two, but it's not fair to call them identical. I think that this series is the story of Recluse more than it is the story of any particular person. On that regard we get treated to some great developments in this novel. We finally see how the steam engines we saw in the first novel became a part of Recluse and learn where the book on order comes from. I am excited to read the next novel where I hope to read of the destruction of Fair Haven and learn more about Justin. This was a great entry in this excellent series.
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- Roy J. Meek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio