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L.E. Modesitt Jr.

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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, 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 issues, and a college le...more

The other day I received an email from a faithful reader who noted that he had stopped reading The Soprano Sorceress because the song magic was "too easy." Over the years I've received other comments along the lines that all she had to do was open her mouth and sing.

Right. Except that under the magic system in Erde, the song had to be perfectly on pitch and in key; the words had to specify wh...

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Average rating: 3.92 · 114,131 ratings · 2,774 reviews · 91 distinct works · Similar authors
The Magic of Recluce (The S...
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 14,422 ratings — published 1991 — 19 editions
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The Magic Engineer (The Sag...
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 6,214 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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The Death of Chaos (The Sag...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,423 ratings — published 1995 — 14 editions
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The Towers of the Sunset (T...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 5,527 ratings — published 1992 — 18 editions
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The Order War (The Saga of ...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 5,296 ratings — published 1995 — 12 editions
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Imager (Imager Portfolio, #1)
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,485 ratings — published 2009 — 16 editions
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Fall of Angels (The Saga of...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 4,136 ratings — published 1996 — 11 editions
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The White Order (The Saga o...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3,485 ratings — published 1998 — 14 editions
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Colors of Chaos (The Saga o...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 3,310 ratings — published 1998 — 12 editions
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The Chaos Balance (The Saga...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,175 ratings — published 1997 — 12 editions
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The Magic of Recluce The Towers of the Sunset The Magic Engineer The Order War The Death of Chaos Fall of Angels The Chaos Balance
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“Without power, knowledge is useless. without knowledge, faith is tyranny. Without understanding, humanity is blind, and without all four, it is doomed.”
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