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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A solid novel but not as good as the first one.
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.
I liked the depth of the world created.
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.
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.
A solid entry
- G. Parish