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Magi'i of Cyador by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
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really liked it
bookshelves: magic, action, military, politics

Chronologically, this is the first book in the Saga of Recluce. I have read others in the series (earlier in publication order but not story order), but not for a long time, and I think this would be a good place for a new reader to start the series.

This book covers a young man, born a mage, who pursues an unconventional course in a kingdom that values tradition. Many of the characters are hatching plots of various scales, and the resulting intertwined intrigue is engrossing. I also enjoyed the sections where the main character works out new military tactics, and I appreciate the main character's relationships with his family & loved ones.

There are some things I liked less, including the seemingly unrealistic treatment of obvious foul play & missing persons by nearly all the characters. And, while few recurring characters are cardboard, it is sometimes hard to see what motivates them. This is arguably a strength; it's as if the reader's view is a little more external than usual, requiring a bit more imagination. But, by the end of the book (a cliffhanger thinly disguised as a wrap-up), I was still unsure whether some of my guesses about characters' motivations were right.
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Reading Progress

August 18, 2017 – Started Reading
August 18, 2017 – Shelved
August 19, 2017 – Finished Reading

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