The Towers of the Sunset : Saga of Recluce

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • Series: Saga of Recluce
  • 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s latest novel in the Saga of Recluce series tells the story of Creslin, son of a powerful military matriarch, who chooses exile rather than an arranged marriage. Creslin sets out on a search for his true identity as a man, developing his magical talents through constant conflict with the enigmatic white wizards of Candar.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A solid novel but not as good as the first one.

Would you listen to The Towers of the Sunset again? Why?

I enjoyed it, but I'd have to go a long time before listening to it again. It was ok, but fairly formulaic and the romance angle gets pretty aggravating at times because it is so repetitive. Still this book is like a chef following a well-established recipie. it isn't ground-breaking but it's a standard dish done very well. A coming of age book like Heinlein and all the others, but is well crafted. I would have prefered to give the book 3.5 stars as it is a bit better than average but nowhere near as good as the first book in this series. Unfortunately, that isn't an option and I didn't honestly feel it rated a 4.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the depth of the world created.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

I didn't really have any particular character as a favorite. The narrartor has a very high natural voice so he is great at speaking as a female or young boy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I had heard the narrarator do another book and hated it because his voice was too high and effeminate. However, as this book's main character is a young man it works and he does a very good job. He has good mature male voices at his disposal, it just isn't his natural speaking voice. So as a young adult or female he is great, but wouldn't want to hear him voice a main character who is an adult male. My only other complaint is that he audibly does the sound effects which can be reall annoying. For example the character rides his horse swings his sword as a fireball comes past would be neh, swish vroom thud, arg!. The scenes with crows are aggravating as hell. This book starts out a bit disjointed but after a few chapters the author hits his stride and it's a solid read. The romance angle is repetitious and gets to be pretty nerve racking for a large chunk of the book. That is why I rated the story a 3.5. The world and back ground are a solid 5.The story is more like a 4 and the rough start and annoying romance angle drop it a bit further. Still it is a good addition to the series and worth a listen.

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- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."

Enjoy the Saga of Recluse

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have always considered the Saga of Recluse to be on par with J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis, and Terry Brooks great adventures. The many different adventures that Modesitt creates in the series have long been some of my favorites, and I hope that Tantor and Audible will include more of Saga of Recluse in audible format. Modesitt creates a world that anyone can jump into and enjoy the struggle between good and evil. Over the series of Saga of Recluse Modesitt creates a kind of historical map of the struggle from the moment the conflict begins to reshape the world to the last fight.

One of the other things that I have enjoyed about the series is the language and content of the adventure, I would have no problem recommending the books from this series to a younger reader.

As to the Narration, I have no major complaints with Hayborne. I just wish that he had not included so many sound effects. In some places/books the sound effects add to the story, but towards the end of the book there were too many very close together. In spite of this, this is still a great story and a great listen.

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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio