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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.
©1993 L.E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 11-25-13

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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4 out of 5 stars
By G. Parish on 03-20-15

A solid entry

This is a solid entry in the Recluse series. It is one if the harder reads, almost painful at times, but the payout us there and it provides a necessary background for so much else in the series that it should not be missed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julius on 06-21-16

a great story

it was a very good story i couldn't stop listening to it. i just didn't like the way majiera had reacted to everything. her reactions are so selfish. she kept saying that cresslin couldn't understand. well what's there to understand? they were both victims of destiny.

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