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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review: The Order War

The Order War jumps further ahead in the history of Recluce, and uncovers the history of Justen and Gunnar. Those who are alert will remember Gunnar as the parent of our hero in The Magic of Recluce, and Justen his brother.

Justen starts off being unhappy with the state of the affairs in Recluce, where Recluce seems too eager to mind its own business, while Justen wishes Recluce would do something about the Chaos Wizards slowly enroaching upon the affairs of the continent of Candar. He volunteers for a regiment to help prop up one of the countries on the continent, but ends up being isolated from Recluce.

The story feels a lot tilted towards the fan: you get to meet some interesting historical figures. Again, the characters seem rather stilted, and Modesitt's exploration of yet another coming of age story seems rather dull. In fact, for about the first half of the book you can skim yet another smith/healer/warrior story and not miss any important plot points.

Not recommended except for die hard fans (which unfortunately, it seems I am).

2 comments:

bawa said...

I got into Recluce at your recommendation and have not regretted it. However, I did think that 15 books in a series were a bit much.
So I have now read one more to No.5 and a quick look ahead has made me decide not to buy anymore for the time being, unless I can borrow them from somewhere.

The Death of Chaos continues the story of Lerris of the the First Book, along with Justen, Gunnar, and I think winds up all the characters we know. Other books in series seem to concentrate elsewhere and I don't think I am that interested in what goes on elsewhere after this one.

Think I am going to go for your Steerswoman instead as I am a bit fed up of chaos and all that goes with it!

Piaw Na said...

I got started on the Death of Chaos and didn't go back to it.