This is book one of the Corean Chronicles. A new world and new protagonists that are separate from the world of Recluce. This world is locked in war between states that are mere shreds of a more pervasive and powerful defunct nation state.
Alucius is a herder. Herders are the stereo typical John Wayne character, strong, quiet and deadly. Herders are aloof from the bulk of their society. They work with nightsheep, a breed that makes most people tremble due to their appearance and ferocity. Herders are known or suspected to have "talent". Talent is rumored to be magical but herders do not discuss it with any outsiders.
is a small, very
independent entity that is trapped between larger more powerful neighbors. Alucius is called by the Iron Valley Militia
and ends up in the thick of fighting.
How he handles his service ends up having a major impact on his society. Iron
This is both similar and different than the Recluce series. Similar in the personality of the protagonist and different in the setting and the goals.
The common thread, as I stated in previous Modesitt reviews is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world. Alucius finds himself on the begining of the path of self discovery. Lots of action and thought!
I highly recommend.
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