It has taken a while to get here, but this month, fans of L. E. Modesitts impressive Recluce series can get a hardcover glimpse of the MAGII OF CYADOR (4.5), the precursor empire of the White Wizards. A few more tantalizing hints about the origin of Order and Chaos on Recluce emerge as we follow the adventures of Lorn, a budding white mage whose independent attitude lands him on the frontlines of the continuing struggle to hold the barbarians at bay. With only a short life expectancy as casualty rates mount, Lorn must find a way to develop his powers and beat the odds of survival. The byzantine nature and political scheming of a declining empire are wonderfully woven into the most compelling of tales.

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer