Heritage of Cyador by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm eating up these Recluse books like no one's business.
Why? Because they make me feel good.
It surprises me every single time. I mean, I don't generally pick up an epic fantasy tome that's full of bloody battles, tactics, strategy, and massive magical explosions only to expect a sense of balance and well-being afterward. Being energized rather than drained by the ennui of the horror of war. But I am energized.
Why? Partly because of the familiarity of a gentle formula, but mostly because the main characters are almost always amazingly well-balanced, careful, honest, and full of deep reserves of that sense of RIGHTNESS.
This book continues the story of Lerial from book 17, now pretty accomplished as a warrior-mage, but now sent to a neighboring kingdom to help out with some sticky diplomatic issues.
Suffice to say, it gets very sticky. And a LOT of people die. And I loved every single second of it.
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