Cyador's Heirs by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's almost absurdly funny how easy it is to love these Recluse books.
You pick it up, know almost immediately who will completely dominate and destroy the land, (the good guy, of course,) and you'll know that it will be a question of learning how to harness the powers of chaos and order in a very hands-on way that will lead to a lot of his enemy's deaths.
It's a formula. Well-worn by this time, now 17 books into the series, it feels like it's all just a repeat except for the fascinating placement of time/place in the entire history of Cyador, filling in the gaps of empire building and collapse. And yet, it all seems to work perfectly. I don't even CARE that I'm getting yet another recycled plot.
That's the difference between a good writer with a well-loved subject and a mediocre one rehashing abused themes.
Fortunately, L.E. Modesitt Jr. is one of the former. And it's not only comforting, it's healing.
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