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Magi'i of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce #10)

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Magi'i of Cyador is the beginning of a new story arc from the rich depths of the history of Recluce. It is the story of Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i.

A fastidious student of remarkable talent, Lorn lacks the single most coveted attribute required of a Magus of Cyador: unquestionable loyalty. Lorn is too independent for his own good. So he's made into a

Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published (first published April 2000)
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A Chaos based society, although Order workers are part of the society; they're just not as highly thought of since their powers aren't usually as flashy. The hero is Modesitt's standard guy; thoughtful, responsible & with limited, but above average powers. A hero in his understated way. This is one of my favorite books of the series & it's one of my favorite series. IOW, highly recommended.

This is currently the first book in the Recluse series chronologically, although a short story or t
Mar 30, 2017 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This installment in the Saga of Recluce series takes us to what is, for now anyway, the earliest events in the chronology. No Black Order wizards--the Dark Angels have not yet fallen from the skies. Still, the Chaos weilders are not only centuries into their time on Candor, but are already beginning to experience the failure of their Chaos storage units, a fact the Emperor and the Magi'i (predecessors of the White Wizards) are trying to keep secret.

This book is devoted to the development and
Bryan Brown
Mar 09, 2015 Bryan Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
OK because I am odd I have decided to read these books in internal chronological order. The author has stated that this is not his preferred order, but I am not only odd but stubborn.

This is the first of a duo of novels concerning the earliest history of the land of Candor. Set probably hundreds of years after a high technology group landed on the planet to set up a colony it tells the story of their decedents struggling to maintain some of their high technology in a low tech world. Having lost

This is an enjoyable coming of age story. Lorn is a lovable character. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Oct 28, 2016 Durelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Couldn't put it down! Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Love this author. ... .... ...
Jan 15, 2017 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the series in chronological order

Love all Modesitt's books. Been a while since I've read this series, decided to doit in the order they happened. This a a great opener, gives a very sympathetic treatment to the chaos magic that is so important in the series.

james burgan
Mar 09, 2017 james burgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great new story

This is the first time I have an read this book. It ties together the story and fills in details which tie together the story line. Mr Modesitt is an exceptional writer with a lack of holding his reader's interest.?

Mary Soon Lee
Feb 15, 2017 Mary Soon Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've spent a lot of time in the past few months wanting to escape into L. E. Modesitt's fantasy novels. I like the main characters and find the books very immersive. This particular book is the tenth in The Saga of Recluce. The pace during the books may seem slow, though there are moments of high action. The prose is usually unremarkable. Yet somehow the pacing and the unobtrusive prose combine so that I slip into the story as if it were real. Over the course of the saga, which spans many centur ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 26, 2009 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Cyador pair may be my favorite of the Recluce novels. They're cohesive, form a compelling arc, and have a number of engaging characters - not just the main character. They're fairly distant chronologically from all of the rest, even the Angels books, and that allows them some substantial freedom - they're also much more about maintaining an empire in the face of failing resources than about the order/chaos dichotomy that is the focus of all the rest.

They're not perfect. Lorn is a solid chara
May 29, 2015 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kerry by: Adam Welch
I made it to page 165 (of around 500) and just couldn't take it anymore. The worldbuilding was kind of interesting but the writing is pretty terrible. It takes him SO LONG to say stuff and he includes all these details that are super boring and unnecessary. For example, in order to introduce the members of the protagonist's family, he says how many slices of dark or light bread they each take as they pass the bread basket around the table. "Bob took a slice of dark bread. George took one slice o ...more
Chip Hunter
While much of this book was pretty entertaining, the characters are cool, and the basic plot worked up to be decent, this is still a pretty boring book. It gets really repetetive and is somewhat predictable. I guess the main point of this book is just to set the reader up for the next one (at least I hope that's what's going on..) The Magi'i of Cyador is basically just the story of Lorn growing up and getting himself into position to do some great things in the upcoming troubles for his land. Lo ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Modesitt continues to deliver characters that you understand and that you want to win. You really want to know how the story turns out. His world creation and magic are believable...there are limits to what one can do with their magic and the results are often less than perfect. This makes the characters and story believable. The hero doesn't always get their way. Very much enjoying this whole series.
Brian Chafin
Not much suspense

You have to be ready for a saga to read a Modesitt book. They are long and the plot rarely moves quickly. Usually, however, he manages to have a plot that leads to a definite climax. Not so much for this one. The whole book seems a setup for Scion.
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The nice things about L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s long-running RECLUCE series is that once you are familiar with the timeline you can reread them in pretty much any order you like. There are never more than two books with the same main character. Mind you, for the first read-through, publication order is still the best order to read them as Modesitt refines his Order/Chaos-based system of magic over time. Once in a while I reread one of these books; I call this my random RECLUCE rereads. All of the earl ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read the earlier published books in this series, you will probably enjoy this book, told for the "other" side of the magic spectrum. It continues on with the life of Lorn, taking place after the events in "Colors of Chaos". Mr. Modesitt does a good job of showing how each side of the conflict thinks they are doing things for the right reasons, even if there are horrible results. the characters are well developed and you really care what happens to some of them, and cheer when bad thing ...more
Dec 04, 2009 MarsianMan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was in present tense, and something about the writing made me feel removed from the story. I found the effect subtle and slightly disconcerting, nevertheless I really liked this book. I think Lorn's goal was clear, but in a subtle manner which drove me slightly crazy. I almost had to read the second book just to make sure my guess was right :-P.

Lorn (the main character) is a gifted, diligent (but lacking passion) student of Chaos (magic). He gets transferred to the army in an effort to
Mar 27, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Modesitt gave the series a good shake up with the White/Chaos oriented books, something the series needed, I don't think he could have gone on as long as he did by just writing from the Order side of things. In fact, I would not mind if he wrote another White story. This book is among the best in the series and I very much enjoyed this reread. So much so in fact, that I was temped to pick of Scion of Cyador right away...

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Dec 02, 2009 Liviu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After loving the Imager books and being in the mood for more fantasy of the alt/secondary world kind, I started reading the Recluce saga in chronological order. The first complete duology of Cyador (Magi and Scion) begins the saga and tell the story of Lorn, mage and soldier. Lorn is actually sort of similar to Rhenn of Imager, though this one starts slower dues especially to the third person narration which lessens the immediacy of the Imager books; the final book of the duology is excellent th ...more
Indy Buchanan
I read the Imager Portfolio series a couple times over but found it harder to get into the Recluse novels. I read the Saga of Recluse but didn't love it enough to read the others in the series. While purchasing Rex Regis I saw this book and gave it a try. I found it to be less about political intrigue and more about Lorn's journey much like the first Imager book. I understand why Modesitt writes in repetition, but that doesn't make it any less difficult to get through. All in all, a good but not ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I generally don't like the White wizards, but since Lorn ended up in the Lancers with mage abilities more in the grey I was able to enjoy this book a bit more than the previous ones with Cerryl. The Cast in this book was interesting and alot of intrigue abounded that he had to over come. Plus going back to cyador before the Angels came to the planet was interesting to see how it was and behaved. I liked that they over all understood the black side and didn't really ignore it as much as fairhaven ...more
Jay Hendricks
Nov 25, 2007 Jay Hendricks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy
Yet another of L.E. Modesitt's books, this one, an older book, follows the exploits of Lorn, a boy born to White Wizards (effectively) in ancient Cyador. The time period is the earliest of any of the Recluse books, thus offering a look into the society formed from the ancient people who settled the world from the Rational Stars. This group of people focuses upon Chaos, unlike those who land on the world in "Fall of Angels." A good book, but you should be warned that it'll be great and almost nec ...more
The story continues... is it the past of Recluse/Cyad or the future? I thought the past, but perhaps I was wrong.

This is pretty much the same type of story that's been written.
I guess the only thing that really attracts me to these books is that the protagonists are wanting to build something or be effective with a purpose greater to themselves. This story continues in the Scion of Cyador , so you get plenty of time with the main character.
Apr 07, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and well written.
I feel that Modesitt's characterisation hit an all time high with his creation of Lorn.
You can get invested in Lorn because of his traits, and not be disappointed.
The two Cyador novels, Magi'i of Cyador, and its sequel, Scion of Cyador, are the unifying points for the later Recluce novels.
Oct 04, 2007 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this again while I wait on some new books to get here. What I really like about books 10 and 11 are that this character unlike others actually acts like a real human being. He actually will do things for personal reasons and be damned with the greater good. While he does keep the greater good in mind, nothing comes before family and loved one.
Jan 23, 2012 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Multiple re-read. This title and its sequel may be the best of the series. Modesitt has clearly become a better writer - eliminating much of the repetition and filler of the earlier books, while retaining the details that expand the world-building and plots.

Re-read, 7/15
Tim Rose
Jan 19, 2015 Tim Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Excellent Story

I truly enjoy the depth of the history created for the world of Recluse. This set in the series gives a glimpse of the "pre-Angles" history, and what life was like in the early decline of the Empire.
Alain Ventura
Nov 11, 2016 Alain Ventura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My best Recluce book.
Now the gloves really come off!!
Jun 03, 2013 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Love Lorn...He is probably next to Justin, my favorite Modesitt character. Lorn is just sexy. LOL
Ruth Ann
Jan 13, 2009 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one and the Scion of Cyador are ones I read at least once a year. These are my favorites out of all the Recluce Saga.
Feb 22, 2009 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Hard for me to get into but can see need to reread to pick up on some of the history of Recluse.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Recluce (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce #1)
  • The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce #2)
  • The Magic Engineer (The Saga of Recluce #3)
  • The Order War (The Saga of Recluce #4)
  • The Death of Chaos (The Saga of Recluce #5)
  • Fall of Angels (The Saga of Recluce #6)
  • The Chaos Balance (The Saga of Recluce #7)
  • The White Order (The Saga of Recluce #8)
  • Colors of Chaos (The Saga of Recluce #9)
  • Scion of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce #11)

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