Scion of Cyador , by L. E. Modesitt Jr. - Saga of Recluce series - Book 11

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Scion of Cyador by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. -- Please select an edition to check the price ...
Tor Books, September 2000, 640 Pages
Tor Books, December 2001, 376 pages
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Paperback edition : Scion of Cyador by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. ISBN 0812589262 Saga of Recluce series Book #11 - science fiction , fantasy , adventure

Although I had read several reviews on that implied (some more than implied) that Scion of Cyador , L.E. Modesitt Jr's newest book was just the same old thing, I knew I had to buy it and read it and make up my own mind if one of my favorite authors was beginning to sound a little repetitive.

I bought Scion of Cyador, the latest book in the Saga of Recluce series, as soon as it came out in paperback.

Just a few chapters into the book, I knew that those Amazon reviewers were dead wrong!

I found the Scion of Cyador even more exciting than Magi'i of Cyador (Modesitt's previous Saga of Recluce novel). Scion of Cyador had much more political intrigue, more emotion between it's major characters, and plenty of action.

Scion of Cyador picks up where Magi'i of Cyador left off. Lorn is still on leave in Cyad, visiting his consort Ryalth and his family. Not long after the story starts, Lorn is sent to an outpost in Biehl where he has to deal with a corrupt enumerator and many barbarian raids. He manages to cope with the problems he's been dealt in his usual straightforward manner and is soon sent on to another post where he is under the command of the devious Majer Dettaur (from Magi'i of Cyador).

Throughout the book, Lorn was tested for a destiny I could feel coming but was never sure about. And at the end, I cheered, putting down this book with a light heart and a smile on my face. Scion of Cyador has one of the best endings of any of the books in this series.

© 2001 Terescia Harvey.

Terescia Harvey is an aspiring romance writer and the web mistress of Happily Ever After: Resources for Romance Writers and Readers. Visit her website at This review is posted with permission of the author.

In Scion of Cyador, I thought Modesitt did an exceptional job of keeping the suspense and doubt going. I admit that this isn't my absolute favorite, I reserve that distinction for The Colors of Chaos , but it definitely comes in second. I really enjoyed the read, and I liked the ending especially well, since the books in the Saga of Recluce sometimes deal with heavy subjects and have equally heavy (but satisfying) endings. Still, the Scion of Cyador reminded me that there is a price for everything, especially success. Lorn pays a heavy price for the prize he wins at the end, but not as heavy as some of the Saga of Recluce's past heroes.

Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it to readers who aren't afraid to question long held values of what's acceptable when striving for the greater good.

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Book Description from the Publisher

Scion of Cyador continues the story begun in Magi'i of Cyador. Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier. Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer ... perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals. Too much success has made him a marked man. When he returns to his home, both he and his young family become targets while all of Cyad is in upheaval over the death of the Emperor.

About the Author --

L.E. Modesitt, Jr. lives in Cedar City, Utah.

From St. Martin's Press - publisher of the downloadable e-Book edition

This book is a direct sequel to last year's Magi'i of Cyador, and tells the second half of Lorn's story. Modesitt's Recluce books are his trademark fantasy series, reliable sellers for a decade.

Check book prices for the Saga of Recluce series by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Book 1 The Magic of Recluce Hardcover Paperback  
Book 2 The Towers of the Sunset Hardcover Paperback  
Book 3 The Magic Engineer Hardcover Paperback  
Book 4 The Order War Hardcover Paperback  
Book 5 The Death of Chaos Hardcover Paperback  
Book 6 Fall of Angels Hardcover Paperback  
Book 7 The Chaos Balance Hardcover Paperback  
Book 8 The White Order Hardcover Paperback  
Book 9 Colors of Chaos Hardcover Paperback  
Book 10 Magi'i of Cyador Hardcover Paperback  
Book 11 Scion of Cyador Hardcover Paperback E-Book