|Submitted by Mark Sperring |
(Nov 30, 2003)
Scion of Cyador continues the fascinating epic of Recluce, through the central character of Lorn. Gifted as both warrior and magician, Lorn struggles to find his place in a changing world, where friends can easily be confused with foes. The collapse of the chaos towers, which have sustained the might of Cyador, herald the end of Cyador's technological superiority.
Unlike most authors, who usually write their novels in an ascending time sequence. Modesitt has opted for the reverse - Scion of Cyador which is the eleventh book in the series is one of the earliest books in the real timeline.
What I enjoy about Recluce, is that both order and chaos magicians have limitations. Unlike, some writers who turn their protagonist in to some form of an invincible superman; such limitations allow for interesting scenarios to occur.
Furthermore, Modesitt's ability to write from a book based on either the white brethens' perspective or from the black order masters' perspective or from the path in between, provide a story rich in detail and thought. For those, who enjoy philosophy and cold logic, this is the series for you.