Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Towers of the Sunset” as Want to Read:
The Towers of the Sunset
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  7,632 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Return now to the world of Recluce in The Towers of the Sunset

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 15th 1992 by Tor Books (first published 1992)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Towers of the Sunset, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Towers of the Sunset

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 11, 2016 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
Book 2 of the series takes us back to the beginning of the settling of Recluce. It's an enjoyable, nicely written read in general and sets up the conflict between the black and white wizards. But, I did not really like the characters. I found Creslin and Megaera immature and whiny. Megaera (and others) constantly put down men as a species to the point it felt like modern reverse-sexism. Though these main characters had reasons for their behavior and feelings, the results annoyed me. Grow up alre ...more
Ben Babcock
It's been almost two years since I re-read The Magic of Recluce. I consider the Recluce saga among the "formative fantasy series" of my youth. I associate the word "Recluce" with memories of being curled up in a massive armchair in the living room, rain streaming down the windows outside, cradling a massive 600- or 800-page hardcover book in my hands. That was the life.

With The Towers of Sunset, Modesitt returns to the Recluce saga in prequel form: this is the founding of Recluce by Creslin and
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This is a significant volume in the Recluce saga, going several generations back in time to witness the founding of Recluce as a bastion of Order amidst Chaotic or indifferent nations. It begins well enough with poetic language that is a step or two above anything in The Magic Of Recluce (although the cod-Biblical language we are treated to at one point is cringe-inducing as are the many song lyrics interspersed, although not as totally lacking any attempt at actual lyricism as the rather dull p ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the first Recluce novel.
Shelves: fantasy
“The Towers of the Sunset” is the second book of the Recluce saga. However, instead of depicting events that occur subsequent to the ending of the first book, it jumps back in time to before the island of Recluce was established. Overall, it's a good read if you liked Modesitt’s first novel.

The Plot

There are two kinds of societies in Modesitt's world, ones that respect "The Legend" and ones that don't. What "the Legend" exactly is isn't spelled out in the book, although some "quotes" from the
Bryan Brown
Apr 18, 2015 Bryan Brown rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Right off I have to clarify that this story would have had a higher rating except for one critical problem I had with the two main characters.

Almost 900 years after the last book, Cresslin, a black mage (subtype: storm) is the oldest son of the Marshal of Westwind. The old legend of westwind seems to have been forgotten and changed into "men suck and should never lead or they will cause wars." Both Westwind and the land of Sarronyn (founded by the first Marshal Ryba and the arms commander Saryn
Alexander Sprague
While many people comment on what place this book is chronologically, Anyone who is looking at this should realize that the author strongly suggest you read them in order of publication.

I liked this book for a lot of reasons, the first being that it made the world that contains Recluse seem real, it has a history and religion that can be explored later. The system for magic was expanded upon, and the events of the first book, even though they were in the future, seem more clear and epic with the
Jun 09, 2010 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 07, 2015 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This entry in the Saga of Recluce takes the reader to the founding of Recluce as a haven for wizards of order and others. Creslin and Megaera, betrothed and tied together by their life force, battle family, expectations, wizards, assassins, and each other as they find their way to love and learn the price of power and the costs of the decisions they feel compelled to make. The magic system of this world continues to fascinate me. The sound effects in the text are intrusive and the characters
Jan 04, 2017 Matko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should have learned by now not to read random things off the Web without prior research. But what can you do, I'm thick that way. Anyway, has recently launched monthly book club which features free Kindle editions of books from their catalog. December pick was “The Towers of the Sunset” by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. In these type of deals one should always except some amount of blowing one's own horns, and indeed, accompanying essays talked about Modesitt and his Recluce saga as a second comi ...more
Annoying is all I have to say.
Mary Soon Lee
Dec 06, 2016 Mary Soon Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s fantasy series "The Saga of Recluce." I found the opening pages the weakest: confusing, rather than intriguing. Beyond the opening pages, the first half of the book proved to be a mostly-standard fantasy adventure, with a young, mostly-likable hero facing hardship and danger. I like standard fantasy adventures, and I enjoyed it. In the second half the book turned, hooking me more deeply, both on an emotional level and in the challenges the character ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brought up my opinion of Modesitt a lot. It was much more enjoyable when written in second person and with fewer hard-to-make sound effects. The overall plot of the book was great, introducing the beginnings of Recluce as a Black wizard isle. While the evil characters could really have been developed to a greater extent, and some of the more exciting scenes seemed a little hurried, I truly enjoyed this read and am looking forward to reading the rest of LE's books.
Dec 13, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Creslin and Megaera's story. It was well written and evocative. But I feel there was a lot that was left unexplained, like Creslin's origins or what music is for him and what he can do with it. And the second act dragged a bit, with little action, economic war, and 2 abrupt assassinations. Maybe I'd get a better experience if I'd read more of the series, but on its own, this book is worth a read... If you're willing to find the answers elsewhere in the series.
Jan 08, 2017 Marten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing how you can write 500 pages of nothing happening. When your climax is 100 pages about economics and selling wine you're putting your audience to sleep. The characters are fine, but good god, have them do something.
Connie Jasperson
One of my favorite books of all time is The Towers of the Sunset by L.E. Modesitt Jr. First Published in 1992, it was for me a watershed book, introducing me to the world of Recluce. Though it is the second installment in the series, it is a stand alone book and is a prequel to the classic, The Magic of Recluce. I am a huge fan of Modesitt's style. He writes with an economy of words, and yet you are drawn into his world, to the exclusion of everything else.

The Blurb:
Okay, there is no blurb. Thi
Thor Arne
Had its ups and downs, ranging from boring/annoying to inspired. Several promising ideas, but only a few of them lead to interesting dilemmas and questions. Not as good as Recluce #1, even though it is perhaps thematically more ambitious. Just intriguing enough for me to give #3 a shot.
Sep 25, 2016 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gelukkig af. Nou nooit meer lezen.
Jun 13, 2013 pdarnold rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
It has been such a long time since I read The Magic of Recluse the first book in the Recluse saga. With book 2 it takes the reader back to the making of Recluse. I don't remember now if the first book was written in the same style as this book or not. It difficult to getting into the story. It wasn't until about page 80 or so that I finally discovered myself "lost" in the book. Usually, this happens by the first 10 - 15 pages. The conversations within the story are very disjointed and sometimes ...more
Richard Tran
May 27, 2010 Richard Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Daniel Lewis
May 05, 2016 Daniel Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young nobleman flees an arranged marriage and seeks his fortune, but may have a larger role to play in the conflict between magical order and chaos.

I enjoyed this book more than The Magic of Recluce. There are less sound effects, more relationships, less willful obscurity, more sacrifice.

The writing is a sight better than the first book. I'm not sure I enjoyed the present tense used throughout, because it occasionally caused odd circumlocutions. But the action is easier to follow.

The book is m
Eric Moreno
Sep 30, 2010 Eric Moreno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 29, 2014 Risa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
This book was a little confusing, not as charming as its predecessor, and written in the present tense the whole way through.

The first few pages made absolutely no sense at all, although once they were clarified the beginning was the most exciting part of the story.

The rest had a lot of action, but mostly all the same action: the island is attacked, Creslin runs towards the action as quickly as possible, shows his boss swordplay moves, calls storms as violently as possible and in the process mes
Sep 24, 2014 Jared rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few things I really appreciated about this book, simply because I'm in the middle of rereading the Wheel of Time series. The first is that the story follows one plot line for the most part, with little side chapters thrown in here and there, usually to foreshadow upcoming events. Another is the pacing. The book doesn't feel the need to detail every single moment of the lives of creslin and maegera. It lets you skip months at a time of the planning or day to day stuff.

Now it isn't always the mo
Keilani Ludlow
Just reread after several years. I really like this series. It's odd because the author really skipped around chronologically as he wrote the books, but it makes things interesting. The land is great. Two kinds of magic, chaos and order. Chaos is evil, order is good, but if you keep reading further in the series you see another side to both. Either way, the main character always comes slowly to recognizing their abilities and developing them, and then of course has to defeat the bad guys. I love ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die hard fantasy fans only
Second book in this series. It was ok. I tend to be a big fan of the fantasy genre but this particular author just doesn't do it for me. I abandoned a book of his previously which is something I rarely do. I was able to finish this one but I doubt I will pick up the remainder of the series and I would be hard pressed to read anything further by this author.

The series takes place in a world called Recluce. There are a lot of books in the series but none of them are related beyond the fact that th
Dec 13, 2014 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I ever read by Modesitt, and still among my top ten, even though I've read it more than a dozen times. I'm biased in that I want to be Creslin, perhaps more than anything. If nothing else, he took control of his life and found love, laughter and a place in the world to build and make his own. Unlike me.

This book is so unlike most plodding Modesitt books, in that it flows, and you see the minutia of the main character's lives as adding to the thoughtful processes that shape all the
Feb 08, 2015 Grimread rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic
what I remember from this book: first 2/3 of the book it's "Damn you!" last 3rd of the book it "There's no other choice."

It's a good thing they have Creslin since he is the only person on Recluse that comes up with all of the ideas of what to do on an island, and this does not even include the use of magic. And when he gets told (usually by Megaera) that he is playing bad and has no patience, nobody actually even tries to make a better suggestion or to offer some other choice. I understand that
Mar 21, 2010 MarsianMan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creslin is eventually engaged (not his choice) to Megeara and runs away while traveling to her city. He wanders and is caught by both Chaos Magicians but is aided by Order Wizards and escapes. Eventually he is forced to band with fiancee for both of their protections.

The first half was very meandering in the journey. The lack of clear direction or aim made it seem a little slow. The second half is marked by Megaera's treatment of Creslin. Although she was mean, I can understand why she acted th
A tough read for me. Although, ultimately I enjoyed the story and I did like the main character Creslin, the style of writing was very jarring. The author did not write this story with a shortage of details in regards to surroundings and the day to day movements of our characters (such as reminding us every couple of pages exactly in what manner the person walked into town that day), however the lack of flow with regard to the story line (plot) and the interactions between the characters was vag ...more
If you enjoyed the first book of Recluce then keep on reading.
It remains entertaining enough and provides a lot of breadth to create a world, story and philosophy.
As in the first book, the concepts of chaos and order dropped into the story of a young prince, Creslin, with magical powers of order and trained to be a a swordsman (a sword is an instrument of death, and thus labeled as chaotic.)

Creslin tries to escape his fate on multiple levels, and engages on a journey to find himself and be his o
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Lair of Bones (Runelords, #4)
  • Queen of Demons (Lord of the Isles, #2)
  • Fortress of Dragons (Fortress, #4)
  • The Burning Stone (Crown of Stars, #3)
  • A Man Betrayed (Book of Words, #2)
  • Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows, #3)
  • The Dragon Revenant (Deverry, #4)
  • The Isle of Battle (The Swans' War, #2)
  • Shadowfane (The Cycle of Fire, #3)
  • A Hero Born (Realms of Chaos, #1)
  • Shadows of Doom (Iron Tower, #2)
  • Children of Amarid (Lon Tobyn Chronicle #1)
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
More about L.E. Modesitt Jr....

Other Books in the Series

The Saga of Recluce (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce #1)
  • 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)
  • Magi'i of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce #10)
  • Scion of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce #11)

Share This Book

“ one who really cares about anything is ever finished with life.” 0 likes
More quotes…