Cyador’s Heirs (Saga of Recluce #17)

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Title: Cyador’s Heirs

Series: The Saga of Recluce #17

Author: L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 629

 

Synopsis:

Cyador is gone and its survivors are in Hamor, trying to carve out a kingdom amongst hostile dukes of surrounding kingdoms.

The younger son is sent off to be trained and ends up fighting a war in defense of a new ally.

 

My Thoughts:

The fact that I am still reading this series should say something. However, I am not sure what, as I do nothing but complain about each book as I read them.

Modesitt has a certain voice when writing the Recluce books and it is one that can stupify, grate and generally annoy. Even while telling a rather fantastic story. And that is what keeps me coming back. The stories.

The stories are formulaic to the extreme,  nothing is original and you’ll be sick and tired of people eating by the time the novel is done. But you’ll read it to the end and read 17 books worth and read the next book when it comes out.

What can I say? I still enjoy these but it is with the knowledge of the flaws, deliberate I believe sometimes, of these books.

Arms-Commander

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Saga of Recluce #16

L.E. Modesitt Jr.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Another half decent book by Modesitt. I’ve enjoyed the Recluce books, and this one is as good as any of them.
A bit of man-hating, but considering that Modesitt has created a world of nothing but evil ‘men’, not surprising.
And thank goodness, we don’t get bloviated descriptions of every meal 🙂

Wellspring of Chaos

Wellspring of Chaos
Saga of Recluce #12
LE Modesitt Jr
Fantasy
3 stars
400 pages

Kharl the cooper saves a neighbors daughter from rape. Then he saves a young black staffer from Recluce. The man he thwarts is the son of the local lord. Kharl’s consort is killed, his sons leave him and his cooperage is taxed out of his control. He leaves, learns some about Order on his own and helps a ruler from being displaced. Gets lands and a title in another land. Probably going to be a sequel about him going back to his land and giving justice. This was the most “novel” of them to date. Not much repetition and noise words.

Scion of Cyador

Scion of Cyador
Saga of Recluce #11
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
2 stars
720 pages

Lorn becomes Emperor of Cyador in the end. This was a pretty flat book. It was like drinking cola that has been sitting open in the fridge all night long. It has taste, but not something you really want or like. I felt no connection with Lorn and I didn’t see how him becoming Emperor would enable him to save Cyador. New faces but same problems and gridlock. Blah.

Magi’i of Cyador

Magi’i of Cyador
Saga of Recluce #10
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
560 pages

deals with Cyador. Near the end of its reign. The white power that the magi’i use is definitely on a different level than what the future white wizards use. Lorn is a magi who doesn’t quite cut it so is sent to become a Lancer. He is constantly the center of plots to get rid of him. He has his own plots to take over Cyador. Deals a LOT with the Forest, that is restrained.

Colors of Chaos

Colors of Chaos
Saga of Recluce #9
LE Modesitt, Jr
3 stars
798

continues the story of Cerryl. This is a counter-story to Dorrin’s tales. Really interesting to see how a True White is committed to protecting the weak and seeing that all play fair. I thought that the two books involving Cerryl were some of the best in the Recluce Saga.

The White Order

The White Order
Saga of Recluce #8
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
468 pages

Finally, a novel from a white wizards point of view. From the time of Justin and Gunnar. A young white ends up being a wizard under Jeslek while trying to figure out everything. Shows that the White Order was in place to check unbridled chaos wizards[which is what happened in the time of Lerris]. Much more enjoyable than the Justin and Gunnar arc.