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The Mage-Fire War Lib/E (Saga of Recluce Lib/E) Audio CD – Unabridged, August 13, 2019
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About the Author
Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman's The Genius, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin's Selections from Dreamsongs.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (August 13, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1665217316
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665217316
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That said this is not the best of his writing. He has starter to restate the same things over and over too many times in his books. this has always been an issue, but it is getting MUCH worse. I would say the Mongrel Mage was the best of this trilogy. I would like to see a fourth book as the ending just felt like a bit of a letdown. Maybe he wants to do a book about the girl next.
The fact of the matter is throughout history, while men had more rights than women, that did not mean women were nothing more than slaves to men. It NEVER was that way. Being in a family was your best chance of survival, but he acts like it was nothing but servitude. Most arranged marriages were to prevent inbreeding as there was usually just not a lot of options, you did not go to school, and you only had a few people within walking distance of home... because about 90% were usually farmers. Not every injured child was because of a drunken father and not every injured mother was because of an abusive husband. Also the begging and constant deaths would have ONLY been during the worst of times. Believe it or not the average life expectancy (if you survived as a child) was 65 for the last few thousands of years. It is only with recent medical (50-100 years) that life expectancies have gone up... while including childhood fatalities too. It is just overdone and overdone and over done. Also you will get tired of characters saying I had not thought of it that way or something along those lines constantly.
I hope his next books are a bit better and more refreshing than these last ones.
As with many of the author's Recluse novels, a pivotal "player", usually young in life, goes through trials and tribulations, exploring the depths of him or herself. Although there is considerable "action", the focus is on the "player's" impact on the world, and the world's impact on the player.
Well written as always, the world of "Recluse" becomes more well defined and enriched...
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I definitely struggled more with this book than the previous two. I think in my head I was expecting a more low key entry, in that the focus would be of the town building up gradually, overcoming obstacles etc. There were elements of that but the main story of the book ended up being a full scale war and I really didn’t see that coming. I generally enjoy those style of books a lot but for whatever reason it didn’t grab me as much this time.
Beltur has transformed from a somewhat different protagonist than usual to the more standard determined one, and I think that is a bit of a shame. He is now completely ruthless and is killing people by the thousands. Jessyla is pretty much the same in a lot of respects. There is never much tension in the books but what I’ve always found interesting is how they overcome the obstacles set in front of them. Beltur is strong and capable, but limited in what he can do, so I did find his ingenuity good but nothing much changed from this book compared to the last except for one thing, so it was lacking even that dynamic.
I did enjoy it, not my favourite entry by any means, but still entertaining. It could be the problem of reading too many Modesitt books in a row, I have found more than two in a row can get too samey. I’m going to take a small break before getting to the last book in this arc, which I believe is set a bit more in the future with a different protagonist.
3.5 rounded down
You appreciate and care about his characters, and he has a firm style of conveying action. I recommend everyone (including the feckless individuals who feel that they can write some palsied Mills and Boon style romance in a fantasy genre and create good writin) read his books and consider them a master class.
He also displays a deep grasp of a variety of topics, which are then utilised through out the worlds he creates. This gives them a greater realism.
You can read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading 📖 from the beginning of the series. Over he years the writer has matured and th books become more complex, which is great because so have I. We won’t mention ages here 😀 especially as I am female.
Do read this and his other series, they are well worth it. I always get them on the day of publication and snuggle up and read non-stop all day, and usually half the night, till I can no longer keep my eyes 👀 open.