Synopses & Reviews
The saga of Recluce continues! In L. E. Modesitt's The Magic Engineer,
we return to the magical island of Recluce, where Dorrin, a young scion of the Order magicians, is interested in forbidden knowledge, in the working of machines. Promising, intelligent, but determined to follow his passion for scientific knowledge, Dorrin can invent machines. He is the Leonardo da Vinci of his age, but his insights violate the rules of the Order magic of Recluce. Now he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos to pursue his dangerous inventions.
Yet Darrin remains loyal to the idea of Order, and is tortured by the knowledge that to preserve it he must constantly create new devices for war. For the forces of the Chaos wizards are moving across the land, devouring whole countries and creating an empire—and their ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce.
"Outstanding fantasy." --Andre Norton
Praise for the Saga of Recluce:
“An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world, with characters that catch you up. Modesit presents an interesting study of Chaos versus Order, Good versus Evil...and the attractions each of them has for all of us.”—Robert Jordan on The Magic of Recluce
“Astonishingly relevant. A classic tale of good versus evil, a subject that will never be obsolete.” —San Francisco Book Review on The Magic of Recluce
“L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is uncompromising when it comes to the effects of magic, both on the natural world and on the human heart.” —Robin Hobb on The Magic Engineer
“Fascinating! A big, exciting novel of the battle between good and evil, and the path between.”
—Gordon R. Dickson on The Magic of Recluce
“In this coming-of-age heroic fantasy, Modesitt creates an exceptionally vivid secondary world, so concretely visualized as to give the impression that Modesitt himself must have dwelt there.”
—L. Sprague De Camp on The Magic of Recluce
“I could not put it down. This is an outstanding fantasy tale.”
—Andre Norton on The Towers of the Sunset
Return now to the world of Recluce in The Magic Engineer.
The latest book in the saga of Recluce, this is the story of Dorrin of Recluce, blacksmith and scion of the Order magicians, who invents wonderful devices. His insights violate the rules of Order magic, so he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos--where the forces of the Chaos wizards move across the land and whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce.
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.