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Entertaining, but a little too similar to earlier installments in "The Saga of Recluce."
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017
This is the seventh book in "The Saga of Recluce," and, for me, probably the second weakest entry. While the book successfully filled in pieces of the world's history, many of the elements were already familiar from earlier installments. Nonetheless, as ever, and despite a gripe I shall put after a spoiler warning, I liked the main character and enjoyed the book. And one scene, in chapter XVIII, brought me close to tears.
Spoiler warning for this whole paragraph: I believe this is the fifteenth fantasy novel that I've read by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. As ever, the main character dislikes the use of force. And yet he ends up killing thousands of people, as I think all the main characters have done (with the possible exception of Lerris in "The Magic of Recluce" -- I'd need to re-read that one to check). While the heroes' options were few and dire, a protagonist with a lower body count would be very welcome....