Top positive review
Lerris is a very likable character, trying very hard to do the best he can.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
This fifth book in "The Saga of Recluce" returns to the story of Lerris, the main character in the first book. I thought it slightly below the usual standard for Modesitt's fantasies ... which means I enjoyed it a lot. Lerris is a very likable character, trying very hard to do the best he can. I found the minor thread to do with Lerris and his parents particularly effective, and was moved by such a seemingly small thing as whether or not Lerris would send them a letter.
I note that Justen, the protagonist of the fourth book in the series, also plays an important part. I also note that the scenes from the perspective of the villains struck me as the weakest.