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The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce) by L. E.…

The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce) (edition 2017)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Author)

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Title:The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce)
Authors:L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2017), 560 pages
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Smooth moving mostly engaging story of Beltur, a young mage who shifts from fumbling white to very competent black with the aid of a beautiful self-possessed young woman. Like almost all Modesitt protagonists Beltur is pretty much flawless, a diffident, observant, careful young man as is the woman to whom he is attracted, and as usual his nature is more revealed than developed.
The first quarter of the book has Beltur with the his uncle and uncle's apprentice and a squad of troopers scouting for the Prefect in a steppe or prairie like setting. On return to the city, Beltur is forced to flee and the rest of the story takes place as he settles into a new city where his past as a white is held against him by some of the black mages, and then is drafted into defending his new home against his former Prefect's army and white mages.
Not terribly exciting, but if you have enjoyed the Recluse Saga, you will probably like this. I stopped reading them after the first 5 or 6 and only picked up again with [Cyador's Heirs]. ( )
  quondame | Jan 5, 2018 |
Recluce! Order and chaos! Addictive!

I continue to find Modesitt's thesis on chaos and order absolutely fascinating. I have been a devotee of all of the Recluce series right from the very first release and I have never grown tired of them. Indeed I enjoy every fiction novel Modesitt has written. Truly talented, I am continually enthralled by, and addicted to, his work.
As a supposedly White Mage and practitioner of the chaotic arts, and apprentice to his uncle, the White Mage Kaerylt, Beltur struggles to be a good enough magician. It seems he looks at things slightly differently from others. There is an order to his use of chaos, which is contrary to what is the norm. That use of order is hinted to him by the red-haired healer Margrena, a young healer he finds himself attracted to.
When Kaerylt and Beltur are called to report before Denardre, Prefect of Gallos, they are attacked as they leave the Prefect's presence by the Prefect's Arms Mage, Wyath. Beltur is forced to flee Gallos. He seeks shelter in the City of Elparta, Spidlar, a place where Black Mages, those committed to the practice of Order, reside. Here Beltur is able to extend his perspectives and understandings. He has the ability to detect chaos and order and use both, and with a master smith pursues the long lost art of casting cupridium.
As Beltur's education continues he struggles with what sort of Mage he is.
I know looking for chaos in sheep, and rotten parts of piers might seem mundane but as the process of Belthurs learning continues so does our understanding of chaos and order, the cornerstones of the Recluce novels.
A trade war is forced upon Spidlar, by the arrogant, despotic Prefect of Gallos. Beltur becomes part of the armed forces where he is forced under fire to develop his powers in new ways. It seems Beltur has enemies amongst the Black Mages, who see his powers as impure, 'mongrel' in heritage.
Whilst initially not as stunning as some in the series, Mongrel Mage is a solid contribution to furthering our understanding of this amazing world that Modesitt continues to grow. It earns its five stars status because of its intricate exploration of chaos and order alongside an equalling compelling human interest story of self-realization, struggle, intrigue and love.
I am so looking forward to more in this splinter series, with Beltur taking center place.

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  eyes.2c | Oct 29, 2017 |
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The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world with world-building detail and an ingenious and disciplined magic system. L.E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to his longest and bestselling fantasy series with volume nineteen, The Mongrel Mage, which marks the beginning of a new story arc. In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic--the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents no one dreamed of, talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his new found power will be enough to save them all.… (more)

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