Soarer’s Choice

Soarer’s Choice
Corean Chronicles #6
LE Modesitt, JR
Fantasy
2 stars
540 pages

the end of this trilogy.

The alector and the cadmian become the forbearers of the Talented. Acorus is severed from Efrit and all those linked to it either adapt to Acorus’s lifeforce or die.

I didn’t really enjoy this. For the end of the world as they know it, the characters sure don’t show much panic or haste or any emotion of any kind. I’ve got 1 more Modesitt book on tap and if it doesn’t change drastically, I think I’ll give him up except for Recluce.

Cadmian’s Choice

Cadmian’s Choice
Corean Chronicles #5
LE Modesitt, Jr
Fantasy
3 stars
510 pages

The second book dealing with Dalyn and Mikel, an Alector and a Cadmian. Rogue Alectors are transferring in and it is up to Dalyn and Mikel to navigate the political hidden agendas and figure out what to do and how to do it semi-safely.

This was annoying. The politics are as confusing to us the reader, probably more so since we don’t have prior experience and knowledge, as to the main characters. Keeping track of what Alector is supposedly supporting which Duarch and Highest and all the military ranking, it is confusing and does not make the read interesting

Alector’s Choice

Alector’s Choice
Corean Chronicles #4
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
510 pages

Set thousands of years before the first trilogy. The ifrit’s are cultivating Corus, and another planet Efron, as possible replacements to their current homeworld. Both are vying to be the home of the Master Scepter. This story deals with the Alector [ifrit] and the Cadmium [human] who have to deal with uprisings, etc that threaten to bias the Archon on their current homeworld against Corus.

Overall this story reminded me a LOT more of a Recluce book. It took me over a week to read it and it just didn’t engage me like the original trilogy. Plodding, that is a good word for this book. The 2 main characters were completely un-engaging. The plot has enough stuff hidden way for the future books that I was constantly trying to figure out if something I didn’t understand would be explained later in this book, in another book, or not at all. Not a good thing for a smooth read.

Scepters

Scepters
Corean Chronicles #3
LE Modesitt Jr
fantasy
3 stars
624 pages

the end of the first trilogy of the Corean Chronicles. Wendra and Alucius both get some additional training by the Soarers. They push back an assault by the ifrits. Then they recover some sort of “life sapper” device [the scepters] which links to the one on Efran, the ifrits home world. They travel to Efran via the Tables and destroy the Master Scepter. Without that, Efran collapses on itself and Corus is safe evermore from them.

Modesitt uses to many predictable simple things to stretch out the story. Why does he insist on telling us everytime Alucius is thirsty and takes a drink? After the first book, that type of thing should have been dropped. Oh well, probably a holdover from his writings on Recluce. Formulaic. I will take a break from Modesitt for awhile and visit him again next year.

Darknesses

Darknesses
Corean Chronicles #2
LE Modesitt Jr
fantasy
4 stars
492 pages

the Iron Valley becomes part of Lanachrona. Alucius and the militia become the Northern Guard and go to fight nomads in the north. Ends up fighting talent creatures [pteridons]. Ends with Alucius getting extra Talent training from the soarers so he can fight Ifrits, beings who used to rule the world.

I enjoyed reading this book. I really did my best to enjoy the story without wanting to buy the series. I think I succeeded. I have enough books of my own I haven’t read that I won’t be reading the next for quite some time.

Legacies

Legacies
Corean Chronicles #1
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
558 pages

a different series by Modesitt. A young man, a herder with some sort of talent, goes into a local militia. In a fight, is captured and taken prisoner. Forced to wear a collar that can kill unless orders are obeyed, he joins the other side. The other side is run by the Matrial, an ageless woman. In the end, the man destroys a crystal which seems to be the Matrial’s lifesupport and takes a company of soldiers back to his homeland. I really enjoyed this story. A completely different flavor than Recluce and a very different writing style. It flowed, more novel like, instead of the choppiness that permeates the Recluce books. Look forward to reading more.