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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Darkness by L.E. Modesitt, jr


This is book two 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.   This book provides more information about the makeup of the defunct nation state and the cause of it's demise.

Alucius, a deadly over-captain still insists he is nothing but a herder.   It is clear in this book that Alucius's talent is growing and becoming more useful.   The elusive and reclusive Soarers once again intrude on Alucius's life and his wife's life.

Wenda, Alucius' wife, is developing her skills as a herder with Alucius' grandfather on their nightsheep stead.  

Alucius is sent to another small country to defend it against a rampaging nomad horde.  He is not in command of either his destiny or his own company.   He discovers more aspects of his talent as he fights an overwhelming foe.

The political intrigue and the intrusion of the profit motive on foreign policy smacks of Iraqi war events, think Halliburton or Black Water.  Modesitt writes a good story with thought provoking undertones.

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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  1. How would you compare this to his other series? I've only made it a few books into both Recluce and the Soprano Sorceress so far, although I've enjoyed them both quite a bit.

    1. Bob, there is a uniformity of style and plot throughout his books. I really enjoy his introspective characters and their methods of dealing with his plot lines. This series promises to be every bit as enjoyable as the Recluce and Spellsong series.

    2. Thanks, good to know. He's a bit unorthodox, but I do like his characters and his style. I keep looking at this series, but I'd like to finish one of the others before tackling a third.