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The Mage-Fire War
L.E. Modesitt Jr.
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The Mage-Fire War

(The Saga of Recluce #21)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Modesitt continues his bestselling Saga of Recluce with the twenty-first book in this bestselling epic fantasy series.

Once again, prejudices against the use of chaos magic force Beltur and his companions to flee their refuge in Axalt. The rulers of nearby Montgren have offered them sanctuary and the opportunity to become the Councilors of the run-down and disintegrating to
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Awesome! Modesitt continues to link the past present and future of Recluse!

How is it that I have become absolutely gripped by Beltur and Jessyla's efforts to find a place for themselves in a world that turns against them? Maybe because we all want a sense of place in our own reality.
Continuing on from the 'Outcasts of Order', they and their companions have fled from Axalt to Montegren. They have been given sanctuary by the Duchess and under a new charter appointed as the Council for the disinteg
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to wrap up this trilogy within the Recluce Saga. Beltur's story is an interesting one, but I can't help feeling a shorter book would have worked better. His self-recrimination & out-sized sense of responsibility got really old. There was also a fair amount of redundancy that hampered an otherwise excellent story.

Best of all, we learn a very important piece of history that really changes things up. (view spoiler)
With the caveat that there is one more book in this extended sequence (though taking place some years later and not with beltur as main lead- one can speculate that Taelya will be main lead for various reasons, both related to what we know about Fairhaven to come and intrinsic to this 4 book sequence), so my opinion may change on re-read and /or on reading the next novel in this mini-series as it did in other mini-series of the author set in Recluce or Solidar, I was mostly disapointed by this o ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Back in 2017, I believed that The Mongrel Mage marked the beginning of a brand new story arc, the first book in what would likely be another two-volume Recluce sequence. Yet it turned out that Beltur had a much bigger story to tell. L. E. Modesitt, jr. tried to write this story arc in his habitual two-book format, but the manuscripts soon reached a size that made it impossible for Tor Books to release them as a pair of novels.

The decision was made to split Beltur's tale into three separate insta
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waited for this book ever since the previous one came out and bought it on the day it was released. I *really* wanted to like this book.

I can't, though. It's like Modesitt just picked bits and pieces of previous Recluce books and changed the names. There's very little in this book that isn't already covered in previous books, including everyone's favorite: kitchen cisterns. 😐

I came in expecting the gripping conclusion to Beltur and Jessyla's story. Instead, I got a lot of recycled themes and p
William Bentrim
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mage-Fire War by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
This book follows the Outcasts of Order. Beltur and Jessyla have taken up residency in Haven by grace of the Duchess. They are expected to bring order (pun intended) to Haven, a lawless and seemingly ungovernable community.
Modesitt writes a great story. In this book he shows how determination and wit can overcome brawn and witlessness, impulsiveness and rancor. Beltur and company must find a way to overcome daunting odds to defeat the Duke’s troops and pr
Mary Lee
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, military
This book is part of Modesitt's longest-running fantasy series, "The Saga of Recluce." The full saga contains over twenty books and covers hundreds (maybe thousands?) of years of history in his imagined world. This installment is the concluding volume in a trilogy about the mage Beltur, whom I found among Modesitt's most likable protagonists. The fact that I've read all the Recluce books reflects how much I've enjoyed the series as a whole. Taken together, the books offer an exploration of power ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mongrel Mage, Outcasts of Order, and The Mage-Fire War are less a trilogy than one book published in three parts. While the first does almost have the typical "semi-conclusion" common to the first volume of the paired Recluce novels, the second and third flowed so directly into each other that I almost expected the chapter numbering to be continuous. As a series it has been fascinating to see a part of that world's history which we had not yet explored, and to learn that that part's history is r ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, fantasy, netgalley
Beltur, his consort, Jessyla, and friends Lhadoraak and Tulya with their daughter Taelya have traveled to the town of Haven as the new councilors appointed by Montgren's Duchess. They new that they had to restore law, deal with merchants and brigands, but they did not expect to face white mages upon their arrival. And they certainly did not expect that they would have to com up with a scheme to defuse an invasion by Hydlen when they took the job. But this is where they decided to make their stan ...more
Beltur has no choice, really.

After he and his friends had been asked to leave four countries, they must make a stand in Haven (Montgren), no matter that their forces will be vastly outnumbered. They are arms-mages, though, so this gives them a chance, however small.

This is the third of the Beltur trilogy and I have really enjoyed all three of these books. The Mage-Fire War is a fine conclusion to Beltur's time as protagonist and a very satisfying read!

I'm also especially pleased that we get one
Mark Lajoie
I have been following this series for years. It is interesting but ... I get a distinct impression that the author is padding the word count by detailing the menu for breakfast lunch and dinner.
And what was all that self-blame that the protagonist feels for things that weren't even his fault? It gets almost as tiresome as currying his horse. This overly detailed narrative is becoming increasingly common in the author's work as the series progresses.

Once you have established that a character is
Stephanie Karno
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modesitt comments on fair and unfair and reality while continuing to show what makes a good leader while simultaneously showing that those who often have power and are looked to as leaders often were given positions they do not deserve because of connections. If it weren't for the growth of Jessyla and the reflection of Beltur and the promise of Taeyla, I may find it frustrating because it is our world. Good action as usual. Creative problem solving is fun. Parts were a bit slower than usual for ...more
I'm a fan of L.E Modesitt and had high expectations but unfortunately they were not met.
The book failed to keep my attention, I found it slow paced and with too many descriptions.
When something happens I find the writer I loved.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great ending in a never-ending story

I couldn't put it down! The story of ever growing abilities of the main characters, overcoming obstacles during nonstop action leaves you on the edge of your seat not wanting to stop reading , to see what happens next. This has been true of all 21 books and I look forward to more. There is certainly magic in our worlds!
Judy Winter
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth waiting for

A fascinating look at the beginnings of Fairhaven. I am hoping that we will have a fourth volume coming in the near future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the final book in this segment of Recluse. I continue to use excerpts from this alternative world in my high school social social classes as discussion prompts with success
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clean, credible ending of Beltran & his companion’s search for a place & situation where they can (mostly) make their own decisions on how they will live and what goals they will pursue. The trials they faced and the success & failures along the way were all “believable”.

The very end was slightly over the top, I almost expected it to close “and they all lived happily ever after” 😁.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant next chapter in this story arc. By the third novel I was so invested in the characters and their stories that I found myself leaning forward in my chair reading as fast as I could as if I too were in the action scenes. Really excellent writing.
Ron Kyle
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entire three book series was awesome. I have read all of the books in "The Saga of Recluce" I hope he adds more books to this series. He has plenty of inspiration to continue what Beltur and company is doing with the foundation of Fairhaven.
Awesome story.
Ron Kyle
Long & fairly predictable, but what an awesome wrap.
Enjoyed it better towards the end. Would have liked to know more of what came after, especially about Taelya's progression to a full White Mage.

Looking forward to Recluce 22. Recommended for longtime Recluce Saga fans.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modessit, fantasy
Not as good as previous novels. Beltur is not his most interesting main character and a lot of the plot seemed to be rehashed from earlier stories This latest Recluse trilogy seems to be the weakest so far. However, I would be interested to what happens to Taeyla as she grows up
Nina Høegh-Larsen
Didn't suffer as much from a rushed ending as the previous book, but neither does it feel as tight as Recluce books normally are. After reading all 3 books in this story arch I wonder slightly about whether things could have been moved around a bit to make it tighter, story wise.
David Hixson
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With 21 in the series, you know exactly what this book is going to be, and at this point clearly that is what you are looking for.

Spoiler... it is a Recluse book. Gloriously and perfectly exactly the same as every other book in the series.
William Snee
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable lite read in the world of Recluse.
Lyle Blosser
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the ongoing series, and full of the characterizations and situations we've come to expect (and thoroughly enjoy).
Stephen Davis
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Good fast paced story. Nice to have multiple books covering a single character in the world of Recluse.
Nick Shrode
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book. Love the entire series
bryan dyer
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series finale

Such an interesting way to connect the future (the front end of the series line) to the history. Very good series
Tony Fecteau
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The great progression by Beltar and his family and friends was very satisfying. As always, the level of detail and training in the novel had me fascinated from beginning to end.
Klaus Yde
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but just like alle the others, not many new ideas.
kenneth reavley
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great ending to this trilogy

don't want to give spoilers but very surprised at the beginnings of this place. Well written as always and enjoyed reading it.
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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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The Saga of Recluce (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • 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)
  • Magi'i of Cyador (The Saga of Recluce, #10)