Although I had read
several reviews on Amazon.com
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
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
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.