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ISBN13: 9780765345134
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A New Age Begins

The First Book of the Corean Chronicles

Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great civilization that spanned a continent, and ended a golden age. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of struggling humans, strange animals and elusive supernatural creatures. Though much has been forgotten, it is still a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are Talented enough to use them.

Even as a child, Alucius showed very strong Talent. He was warned never to reveal it, lest others seek to exploit it. But as he grows to young manhood, Alucius must serve in the Militia like his father before him. When his country is invaded by the slave armies of the Matrial, immortal ruler of a nearby land, Alucius is captured and magically enslaved.

A time of changes has come upon all of the world of Corus. If the evil surrounding the Matrial is not ended, those changes will not be happy ones. Alucius and his Talent have a central role to play.

Synopsis:

The major new fantasy epic from the author of the Recluce Saga and the Spellsong Cycle. Corus is a world of humans, but also strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a world of magical powers, and of a few people who are Talented enough to use them. Born into a successful herder family, Alucius is raised on a Nightsheep ranch by his grandparents and mother. He shows very strong Talent as a child, and is warned gravely that he must never reveal this, lest he spend his life in servitude to some rich and powerful person. When he grows to young manhood, the country is invaded by the slave armies of the Matrial, the immortal ruler of neighboring Madrien, and Alucius is captured and enslaved. A time of change has come upon the world of Corus, and Alucius gradually realizes that he, and his Talent, have a central role to play.

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr. lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Jvstin, July 13, 2008 (view all comments by Jvstin)
Stop me if you have heard this story before.

Moderately capable young man from humble beginnings in an agrarian society slowly grows into strange and unusual abilities. Circumstances force him away from his pastoral home, forcing him to grow up. His benevolent land is under threat from lands both greedy and outright evil, and our hero is instrumental in dealing with these large threats to his small society.

Yeah, it sounds like, for those who have read it, a lot like Modesitt's Recluce novels. The magic system here is different, and this is a post-apocalypse world, where there are few people who can wield "Talent" for good or evil, and the technology is higher, but its very similar to Recluce. The writing is better than the early novels in that series, but the basic ur-text of the story is the same.

That said, we get some strange creatures, decently interesting politics, and hints of what this world lost when its fell. The battle scenes are all right, there is a fair amount in this novel devoted to battle tactics, since the hero is first conscripted, and then turned into a janissary.

Relationships...well, Modesitt still doesn't write romance. I guess he is better living a happy marriage and relationship than actually writing one. So Alucius, our hero, has a girl promising to wait for him, but the relationship's development really doesn't happen with any complexity.

Still, if you have read him before, and are tempted to read him again, you know what you are reading for, virtue wise. Complex worlds, competent heroes who might have doubt--but don't spend half the book doing nothing or moping about it. They get on, they progress, they are catalysts and protagonists.

If you wanted to try his fantasy for the first time, this is probably a good example of a book to do it, so you can get a feel for his writing style, his proclivities and peculiarities (Modesitt loves to write about food, for example...).

I am of the opinion that his SF is much better than his fantasy, even if, especially given our economic times, he writes much more fantasy. So while I am not especially interested in continuing to read this series, it didn't offend me and I don't regret the time I took to do so. I mostly read it on my trip to and from The Black Road, and to kill time in an airport and an airplane, it served its purpose very well. I don't especially recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765345134
Author:
Modesitt, L E Jr
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Modesitt, L. E., Jr.
Author:
L. E. Modesitt
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Series Adventure
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Corean Chronicles
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 8
Publication Date:
20030713
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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"Synopsis" by , The major new fantasy epic from the author of the Recluce Saga and the Spellsong Cycle. Corus is a world of humans, but also strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a world of magical powers, and of a few people who are Talented enough to use them. Born into a successful herder family, Alucius is raised on a Nightsheep ranch by his grandparents and mother. He shows very strong Talent as a child, and is warned gravely that he must never reveal this, lest he spend his life in servitude to some rich and powerful person. When he grows to young manhood, the country is invaded by the slave armies of the Matrial, the immortal ruler of neighboring Madrien, and Alucius is captured and enslaved. A time of change has come upon the world of Corus, and Alucius gradually realizes that he, and his Talent, have a central role to play.
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