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Mage-Guard of Hamor (The Saga of Recluce #15)

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Acclaimed author L. E. Modesitt, Jr. continues his new Recluce story in Mage-Guard of Hamor, the second of two volumes set mostly on the continent of Hamor, far across the sea from Recluce, where the story began.  

Rahl was a young apprentice on the island of Recluce sent to the mages training school for testing, then banished to Hamor.  His education now continues under da
Hardcover, 621 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published 2008)
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Bryan Brown
Jun 12, 2015 Bryan Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This story concludes the adventures of Rahl. Overall it was a fun read especially the last half of the book which is largely concerned with a military campaign which is some of what Modesitt Jr does best. My major complaint is with the very minor romance subplot, and a few quibbles with consistency from the first half.

Rahl does continue to grow in this story which is very nice to see. He still struggles with anger problems but as his powers grow he runs into less situations where his power can'
Sep 19, 2008 Kevinalbee rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. However, Modesitt's stories in this world are starting to repeat themselves.

Boy kicked out of recluse
boy learns great control of his powers. Boy becomes central to events on other part of world.

Boy aquires a position of power and is happy forever.

Enjoyable but predictable. I like these books but the story line is complete
the conclusion to Rahl story (see below for more about the duology in my rv of Natural Ordermage )

excellent stuff with everything as expected, the only annoyance was the name of the protagonist (as it kept reminding me of you know what series, one that I grew to detest profoundly), but that was a pretty major one that bothered me intermittently till the end
Mar 27, 2016 Pickyreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another amazing book from L.E. Modesitt Jr. It kept me reading till the very end which I loved. This duology has to be at the top of my favorites.
Niall McGrath
Feb 16, 2017 Niall McGrath rated it really liked it
Another unusual book from LEMJ. Slow starting, and with his unusual focus on food. However, enjoyable, adding another layer to the Recluce series and once again moving the perspective further away from it's starting point.

I enjoyed it and if you like Fantasy, you might too - if you can get used to his unusual style.
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it really liked it
Another well-written and entertaining novel set in Modesitt's world of Recluce, this one picks up where Natural Ordermage leaves off, following Rahl as he continues to make a life for himself in Hamor. This book tracks along a very similar pattern to many of the other books in the series, both in content and in writing style. We once again have the privilege of following a young and inexperienced mage through trials and difficulties that force him to grow, learn, and reflect on his role in life. ...more
Sherrill Watson
Aug 30, 2016 Sherrill Watson rated it it was ok
This is the story of How Rahl Learned To Be Somebody in the military, in 620pp. He has an Overcommander, Taryl, one friend Drakeyt in the Third Company, an insipid girlfriend, Deybri and "the gelding" who never gets hurt; there are thousands of people who get killed(!) while moving toward some city or other. Bit by bit, he learns his talents: to skry, to extend his senses, to predict the weather (tho he didn't seen to do that successfully, or with any purpose), and to "read" people to see if the ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mage-Guard of Hamor is the finale of the two-part “Rahl Epic” within the Saga of Recluce Series.

In Natural Ordermage, we were introduced to Rahl. He blamed all of his misfortunes on others, never taking responsibility for his own destiny. We were lead to believe at the conclusion of that novel that he’d make good in the next.

In Mage-Guard of Hamor, Rahl’s whining has substantially subsided. What is so disappointing is that the character hardly grows or evolves. He continually moves up in rank an
Feb 23, 2014 Yune rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A direct continuation of Natural Ordermage; do read this one if you liked the previous, but I'm not sure how it'd read without full knowledge of Rahl's journey.

Rahl is considerably more mature now, although he does still exasperate poor Taryl from time to time. And although Hamor's a refreshingly balanced nation compared to the order-obsessed Recluce, Modesitt's not one to let any nation escape the ills of bureaucracy or ambition, and Rahl is soon busy with a military campaign to subdue a rebell
T.I.M. James
Jul 20, 2012 T.I.M. James rated it really liked it
I have often said that L E Modesitts' Recluce novels are pretty much of a guilty pleasure. I just love them, find them easy to read and enjoy them immensely. Having said that this is the first one that I felt I had 'trouble' with.

That is not to say that I did not enjoy it, but there just seemed to be a little something missing, that very thing that had made the other books that little better than anything else I had read by Modesitt. I'm not sure why, I alwsy thought it was the style in which he
William Bentrim
Jan 09, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Mage-Guard of Hamor L.E. Modesitt Jr.

In the continuing saga of Recluce, Modesitt picks up the threads of Rahl, the exiled natural order mage. Exiled from Recluce because his strength and his talent were frightening to the establishment, Rahl suffered a high level of abuse in the last book. In this book, working with Taryl, the former Triad, Rahl begins to gain control of his considerable talent. The intrigue and maneuverings of the various Hamorian factions leads to action and war.

L. E. Modesit
Doug B.
Jan 12, 2009 Doug B. rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Modesitt's books and this was no exception. It is part of the Recluce Series which I think now stretches over 20 or so books (which can seem quite daunting), but they tend to fall into small arcs rather then one continuous story. While not necessarily the best hopping on point (being a direct sequel to Natural Ordermage), Modesitt makes a point of delivering a complete story. While exploring similar themes to other of his Recluce books (young mage gains a deeper understanding of h ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Totally unlike its immediate predecessor in plot and theme, Mage-Guard is a straight-up military adventure. It's not particularly focused on the nuts and bolts of army life, rather on a series of, basically, logic puzzles that Rahl has to solve using magic (traps, ambushes, cavalry charges, etc) without exhausting himself or getting his company killed. It's pretty fast-paced and mostly good fun - all the Recluce books are fairly clean, even when the body count starts to climb, and while the mora ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Sep 22, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Totally unlike its immediate predecessor in plot and theme, Mage-Guard is a straight-up military adventure. It's not particularly focused on the nuts and bolts of army life, rather on a series of, basically, logic puzzles that Rahl has to solve using magic (traps, ambushes, cavalry charges, etc) without exhausting himself or getting his company killed. It's pretty fast-paced and mostly good fun - all the Recluce books are fairly clean, even when the body count starts to climb, and while the mora ...more
Chris van Gorder
Aug 08, 2008 Chris van Gorder rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I have been a fan of Mr. Modesitt for quite some time now, and he never fails to entertain me.

In this closing book of a two-book series set in his recluce Reries, we see Rahl get deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Hamoran society, and more greatly puzzled as he goes along.

I don't want to spoil some of the plot elements by discussing some of the events, so I won't mention them. But as usual, the ending is as spectacularly grand, and explosive, as Mr. Modesitt's fans have come to expect.

Aug 11, 2008 David rated it liked it
I liked this sequel to Natural Ordermage much better than I liked the previous book. In fact, I liked it better than many of Modesitt's books. The main character managed not to end or even endanger a major civilization, and he did not suffer horribly by the end of the book. He neither ended up immortal nor did he have to be rebuilt from the ground up because his body was shattered in a cataclysmic misadventure. I figure all of these count as good points.

Other aspects of the book end in a very sa
Jul 23, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I enjoyed it, but the book was unarguably longer (and slower) than it had to be. The gradual reveal of great things for young Rahl was so obvious, in light of what Modesitt has been with his heroes in other books, that I was impatient for it to happen already.

There's an exploration of the relative importance of troops vs. mages, but this cannot be meaningful without more definition of exactly what a mage is (and where their power comes from, and how they use it, and how one is stronger than anot
Feb 17, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
I have to say this is honestly my favorite book of all time. I own it on e-book, and hardback. I am even going to buy another copy just so I have it. As far as Sci-Fi and Fantasy goes it is one of the greatest works, and I could not imagine not reading this book at least once a year. Though I do like Natural Ordermage, this book is by far greater.
Jul 28, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
I love the world of Recluse and I did enjoy the entry into Hamor and its connection to Cyador. I liked it better than Natural Ordermage where the main character was more annoying than likeable. He has grown up in this book which is a good thing. The book is nothing spectactular just a fun visit back to Recluse.
Jun 27, 2014 Christian rated it liked it
In this particular duology, Mr. Modesitt brings us to the continent of Hamor via Rahl, a natural ordermage that Recluce does not want to, or is unable to, train. Although the story is as interesting as most of the others in the Saga of Recluce and the battle scenes are well described, I found the pace of those two books to be fairly slow, even compared to some of the other novels.
Jan 26, 2012 Virginialee rated it it was amazing
Mage-Guard of Hamor is a good follow-up to Natural Ordermage, and shows how Rahl is growing up, as well as improving his use of Order. While he stills get easily frustrated, he uses the lessons given him by Taryl to improve his skills, and discovers how much he's going to need them during the war to re-take Meroway back from the Emperor's brother.
Fredrick Danysh
After killing corrupt merchants and pirates, Rahl is designated assistant envoy to Recluse to explain his actions and avoid war. Upon his return he is the assistant to the mage overcommander as they set out to help quell a rebellion in Hamor. There are many traitors within both the army and government and Rahl must constantly be on his guard gaining mage powers along the way.
Jul 16, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Another of the Recluse series, and sequel to Natural Ordermage. The story repeats themes from other books in the Recluce series, particularly military themes from the Cyador and White Order stories. Nonetheless, it's nice to get submerged in a different character, but the familiarity of the Recluce world. At heart it's essentially a love story, but doesn't suffer too much from that :o)
Michelleapril Bragg
Jul 01, 2009 Michelleapril Bragg rated it it was amazing
That everyone who is working toward something of value will be overhelmed at times. That those that wish to teach and mentor us will not always be kind or supportive, they wish for us to think and understand things on our own.
Abbey E
Jan 19, 2015 Abbey E rated it liked it
Shelves: general, fantasy
Rahl was not my favorite protagonist in the Recluce series-not by a long shot- but he grew throughout his two books quite a bit, and there's only one thing I need to say:


No spoilers, but boy, did that make me happy.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 16, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Hamor is at war with itself as two brothers fight to see who will be emperor. Rahl, an ordermage exiled by Recluce, is caught up in the struggle as he is assigned to a scout and recon company. There he must develop his skills in order to survive. A good read.
Apr 19, 2010 Miles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not bad by the usual standards of fantasy, but not really up to the standards of the rest of the series, at least in my opinion. Still, worth a read.
Aug 31, 2008 Karl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in a two book series within the Saga of Recluce fantasy series. Another fine entry in an outstanding series.
Aug 12, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
I loved the previous book, "The Natural Order Mage". It's part of his Recluse saga which continues to grow in depth. Always readable & entertaining.
Mar 30, 2009 Leone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The sequel to the Natural Order Mage, I found this book a lot of fun to read and typical of the best of the Recluce series. The characters were interesting and the story fast moving and exciting.
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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.

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The Saga of Recluce (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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