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The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Review

Title: The Magic of Recluce

Author: L.E. Modesitt Jr.

First published April 1, 1991

501 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780812505184 (ISBN10: 0812505182)

Rating: 3.86


Julie Harmon is a hard worker, strong enough to take on any task. At just seventeen, she marries Hank and together they move to the valley of Gap Creek, hoping for a better life.

But the challenges they face are more than they ever imagined. Fires, floods, and troublesome neighbors threaten their happiness.

Julie and Hank must navigate the complexities of their new life while also struggling with the changing world around them. Can their love withstand the chaos and madness that surrounds them?

Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek is a timeless tale of marriage, survival, and the triumphs and disappointments that come with it.

About the Author

L. E.

(Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is a science fiction and fantasy author, most famous for his series The Saga of Recluce. After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, he spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. before moving to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife.

They then moved to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

Mr. Modesitt has had a diverse career, having worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery person, unpaid radio DJ, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications matters, and a college lecturer and writer in residence.

In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and science fiction stories. His first short story, “The Great American Economy”, was published in 1973 in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact.

Editoral Review

The Magic of Recluce, written by L.E. Modesitt Jr., is a classic fantasy novel that was first published on April 1, 1991. Modesitt is a prolific author who has written over 70 novels in various genres.

However, his most famous works are the Recluce series, which has captivated readers for over three decades with its unique magical system and detailed world-building. The Magic of Recluce is a stand-alone novel that is part of the larger series.

The book follows the story of Lerris, a young man who is bored with life in his small village and seeks adventure in the wider world. He discovers that he has magical powers and is soon recruited by the White Order of magic users to hone his abilities.

However, Lerris finds it difficult to follow their strict rules and eventually leaves to join the Chaos wizards, who have a more flexible approach to magic. The novel is set in a world where magic is real and plays a central role in everyday life.

Modesitt has created a rich and detailed world, complete with its own history, cultures, and geography. The characters are well-developed, and the conflicts they face are believable and engaging.

Lerris is a sympathetic hero who struggles to find his place in the world and must confront his own limitations to succeed. The Magic of Recluce explores themes of power, responsibility, and identity.

It raises important questions about the nature of magic and its role in shaping society. The book also touches on issues related to social inequality, as the magic users are seen as a privileged elite, while non-magic users struggle to survive.

Overall, The Magic of Recluce is a well-written and engaging fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of the genre. Its detailed world-building, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes make it a standout in the crowded field of fantasy literature.

However, some readers may find the pacing slow at times, and the book could benefit from a stronger narrative structure. Nevertheless, The Magic of Recluce is a must-read for anyone who enjoys intelligent, character-driven fantasy novels.

Modesitt’s writing is elegant and meticulous, and he has created a world that is both enchanting and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy literature and is looking for something fresh and engaging.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.