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1 June 2015
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Interesting story which fits right into the world built by modesitt. The explanation of why the two main characters managed to survive till the end without too much trouble against all their opponents, while in other books the protagonist had much more trouble against just a single opponent made it a bit strange to me. The 'power ratios' were not quite right. Still, it's an interesting backstory to the series. It does tend to drag on a bit, so I wouldn't suggest it to first-time readers of the series, but once you've become used to the way modesitt writes his books, this will be a nice addition!
11 May 2005
Over 580 pages, but yet another great read. Justin starts as a Black engineer, fairly skilled in fighting, and a good but not great engineer. So how does he excel? - He invents! New weapons to constrain the Chaos White wizards and then.... when things start to get sticky, then he is chased into Naclos where the druids teach him about the Balance. Achieving balance, himself, he can then defeat the Whites. Unfortunately, the balncing effects also reduce Recluce, but thats life.
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26 May 2001
This book is one of the keys to Modesitt's system of magic in Recluce. Set some 200 years before the Magic of Recluse, it expands on a lot of the subjects raised in the Magic of Recluce. This installment centers around Justen, before he becomes The Grey Master. It looks at how he develops the Grey, and it ends in spectacular fassion with him and Gunnar destroying Fairhaven. Through the book, you are taken on a mystical tour from Recluce, to Candar, to lands beyond that, where Justen becomes one of the Druids in Nylan. All in all a brilliant read and valuable installment in the series, which you'll want to read over and over again.
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