Mage-Guard of Hamor by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is proof that predictable, repeatable stories are NOT a bad thing. Yes, sure, this is something of a duplicate of many of the prior tales that came before, but the fact that I'm ENJOYING it is quite undeniable.
The entire read was engrossing and familiar and exciting. Epic fantasy with heart, violence with balance, a deep respect for order even when the entire nation is thrown into civil war. It's really hard to describe so as to do the writing justice.
Unlike the first one in the duo of books, this one is mostly military campaigns. L.E. Modesitt Jr. does them very well. It's all fantasy, big magics, tactics and battle heat, and above all, balance. There's even a minor romance subplot that is rather sweet.
His full series, if you've gotten this far, is unique for its worldbuilding and span of interlocked history, thousands of years and even some altered landscapes (thanks to huge battles) and budding fantasy historians will have a great time placing all of these books in their proper place.
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