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Darknesses (Corean Chronicles #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  2,515 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Darknesses, the sequel to Legacies, is the second volume of L. E Modesitt, Jr. 's new fantasy sequence, the Corean Chronicles.

Corus is a world of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a world of magical powers and of a few people who are Talented enough to use them. Alucius, the hero of the story, is one such person. In Legacies we saw how h
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 16th 2004 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2003)
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Nov 13, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it
Prica se fino nastavlja ali knjiga se tako sporo razvija da je na momente strasno. mogli su mirno jeno 100 do 150 strana da izbace. Plus kraj je nekako zbrzan i konfuzan. Ocekivao sam bolje.

Ali nije tako lose da necu preci na trecu knjigu.

Ali knjiga je stvarno samo za ljude kojima ne smeta spoooooro kretanje radnje kroz veci deo knjige sa flash krajem.
William Bentrim
Jan 26, 2015 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Darkness by L.E. Modesitt, jr

This is book two of the Corean Chronicles. A new world and new protagonists that are separate from the world of Recluce. This world is locked in war between states that are mere shreds of a more pervasive and powerful defunct nation state. This book provides more information about the makeup of the defunct nation state and the cause of it's demise.

Alucius, a deadly over-captain still insists he is nothing but a herder. It is clear in this book that Alucius's talent
Jun 04, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
There's not much to say except that it continues the action of "Legacies," the first in the series.
The main character (something strange and forgettable starting with an A) does even more heroic things and learns more about both his magic and the origin of his world. He killed off one villain in the last book so we had to have another one here. He just wants to be left alone to tend sheep with his family. This thought is repeated frequently, as is his "I'm not special just lucky" mantra that is
Tom Gregorio
Oct 15, 2011 Tom Gregorio rated it liked it
Good sequel. A good yarn but some lazy writing. Quite fluffy at times: very repetitive about what was eaten, the type of marble in a wall, or the mannerisms of a character. Nonetheless, an interesting world and good battle tales.
Cochise Sharer
Oct 16, 2014 Cochise Sharer rated it it was amazing
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Donald III
Aug 03, 2015 Donald III rated it it was amazing
Great sequel that continues the story of the hero Alucious and his military career that is completely driven by his need to protect his homeland. Wonderful world building and excellent action along with a great magic system. The main character is very much the "reluctant hero" and only acts when he absolutely needs to. It's great seeing him in action though, and he's an interesting character to read.
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Note: We're rebooting this review, which was originally published in 2008, to include information about the just-released audio version.

First off, though this does stand as in independent story in what is called THE COREAN CHRONICLES, it will make a lot more sense to you and you'll be a lot more invested in the characters if you read the first book ahead of time. Darknesses returns to the same main character, Alucius, who remains as in the first a reluctant soldier caught up in battles and polit
Jul 26, 2010 Saya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Same criticisms as for #1 - did nobody copy-edit this book???? did nobody EDIT this book AT ALL???

Seriously. Cut out about 1/3 of the book - fewer trees get cut down (okay maybe not really), fewer pages, sentences that don't double back on themselves and choke off any would help keep me committed as a reader. If I put it down once between reading (and I did, because it took me a few days to finish), I had to skim back over everything that came before to figure out what was going on ag
May 31, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
The 2nd in the Corean series by Modesitt and a continuation almost directly from the events of the first book, this book sees a bit of a reversal of fortunes for the Iron Hills as it seems almost immediately from the outset they lose without a fight, their independence. Our Hero is once again sent off to the far reaches of Corus to serve out the rest of his term in the militia and scary devices from the past again make appearances to make life interesting. This book builds solidly on the events ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Dallas rated it it was amazing
I am always worried about not stopping with the first book in the series if it was good because I don't want to be disappointed later, but no book in this series disappointed me, and I feel best for having read them all. The story comes full circle and answers any questions and loose ends by the end of the series.

One of my favorite series ever. I loved the main character and seeing how he would outsmart his troubles. I loved a lot if the descriptions about the world, and the magic is genius. I
Mark Edlund
May 20, 2016 Mark Edlund rated it liked it
Fantasy series
Second book in the Corean Chronicles. Plot moves along nicely and the battle scenes are very well done. Nice use of calvary and their strategies. The mystery behind the history is partially explained but not very well.
No Canadian or pharmacy references.
Leo (Rahien Sorei)
Jun 14, 2013 Leo (Rahien Sorei) rated it liked it
Much like Legacies, Darknesses tends to wind slowly through Alucius' time in the military. Modesitt likes to incorporate every aspect of life in telling the story - travel particularly. I enjoyed the story, but I never really was particularly concerned for Alucius; he is made to seem beyond capable and nigh immortal given the odds pitted against him. The book could have been much shorter, and I wish there had been more for the reader to figure out on their own. A fun read, but I don't find mysel ...more
Travis Dalton
Jul 26, 2014 Travis Dalton rated it really liked it
Good book. I like the entire series and enjoyed watching the characters grow. Modesitt is very good at pacing a book.
Oct 12, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Continuing saga of the Hypercompetent Chosen One, now with pteranodons.
Mar 23, 2015 Mnoraznan rated it it was amazing
A great continuation, though the plot is rather slow.
Shady Lubbad
Sep 09, 2015 Shady Lubbad rated it really liked it
Nice story
Sep 26, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
Solid 3.75.
Apr 06, 2014 Suprio rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2015 Luigi rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it as much as the first in the series, excellent writing
Jun 09, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
1st read: May 2009? sloooow. & since I've read like dozens of these things clearly I'm pretty big on the "quiet competent loner fixes the entire world because no one else can be bothered, oh my god do I have to do literally everything around here, do you not even care if you die" bit (the only thing Modesitt knows how to write) HOWEVER these are just too much. nobody acts like this.
Mar 25, 2013 Liviu rated it really liked it
see here for a quick take of volume 1:

this one that has Alucius maturing fast and now a leading officer is excellent for 4/5 and reminded me strongly why I love the author's style and storytelling skills, however it falls down badly in the end with mind control, super-dee-duper magic with no real rules etc
Jul 17, 2007 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Much easier to read after finally understanding the fantasy location created in the first book. The plot also furthered on the characters you appreciated from the first book. Enjoy the writer's ability to capture detail you would not think to add to a story that makes it come alive in your mind. Great read!!
Jan 15, 2010 Brendan rated it did not like it
The followup to Legacies (stinker), Alucius is back at it again with his perfect, unwavering, boring choices. Slow to start, action is only in the middle, I had to force myself to finish the book after the climax 1/2 way through.
Jun 03, 2016 Stan rated it really liked it
Alucius is now a soldier, captured and enslaved. In this volume he works to escape and in doing so learns more about his world and the beings that inhabit it with him.
Jul 23, 2014 Coby rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If you liked the first one you'll probably like this on. Continuation of the same story.
Nov 20, 2010 LazerWraith rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fairly good...I disliked the more frequent POV switches though, and there were some boring spots.
Jan 15, 2013 Fred rated it it was ok
A bit too slow. Last quarter is much better than the rest.
Aug 07, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it
Re-read. 3.5 stars.

Re-read, 8/14. Upped to 4 stars.
Mar 26, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Continues the story begun in Legacies.
Oct 28, 2008 Dillon rated it it was amazing
I loved this entire series
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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, u
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Other Books in the Series

Corean Chronicles (8 books)
  • Legacies (Corean Chronicles, #1)
  • Scepters (Corean Chronicles, #3)
  • Alector's Choice (Corean Chronicles, #4)
  • Cadmian's Choice (Corean Chronicles, #5)
  • Soarer's Choice (Corean Chronicles, #6)
  • The Lord-Protector's Daughter (Corean Chronicles, #7)
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