Synopses & Reviews
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.
“The consistent excellence of L. E. Modesitt makes him by far the most entertaining of todays fantasy writers.”--Romantic Times Magazine
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., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.