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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.
©1994 L. E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor
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"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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2 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne O on 07-27-14

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 12-18-13

Ok, but basically a copy of the other books

If you liked the first two books in the series then you will enjoy this book. That being said, the story is almost exactly the story of the first book. The hero is sent away from recluse and has to figure out where he fits in the scheme of things by traveling the rest of the world. The names and some events change a bit, but ultimately all three books in this series so far are pretty repetitive. The story is engaging and well-written but I have to take away stars for lack of originality.

Once again the series skips around in time. This book takes place some time after the second book but well before the events in the first. This can be a bit confusing, but it is handled much better than in the second novel. The narrarator also did far less sound effects which is a great relief and hence a bit higher score.

This is a good book, but nothing spectacular. It's still worth a credit but don't expect to be surprised or wowed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julius on 06-25-16

great book

i have always been a fan of l e modesitt. another great book from him

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