- Gebundene Ausgabe: 559 Seiten
- Verlag: Tor Books U.S. (9. November 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0765394685
- ISBN-13: 978-0765394682
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 4,5 x 24,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 81.982 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Praise for The Mongrel Mage
USA Today Bestseller
"No writer does it better."--Kirkus
"Smart, thoughtful, and entertaining."--Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Praise for the Saga of Recluce
"Modesitt has established himself with his Recluce series as one of the best 90s writers of fantasy. The fantasies are characterized by a highly developed and consistent system of magic." --Vector
"L.E. Modesitt Jr., never fails to deserve praise." --Analog
"My favorite thing about L. E. Modesitt's books is that . . . I enjoy rereading them as much as I enjoy them the first time." --SF Revu on The Saga of Recluce
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
L. E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of more than seventy novels encompassing two science fiction series, the Ghost Books and the Ecolitan Matter, and four fantasy series, the Imager Portfolio, the Saga of Recluce, the Spellsong Cycle and the Corean Chronicles. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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Disclaimer, this is a disappointed fans rant, so you know what your I for. (There will be spoilers, but as this book was bad, there isn't much to spoil)
First off, the main character is the focal point of most of the Recluse books, yes exciting stuff happens, but regular stuff happens and we follow a person and watch as they naturally grow and live. Bot so much in this book. From the beginning Beltur, (who is annoying in a falsely humble/head stuck in the sand way), is thrown in the deep end, a good place to start, crazy events to set things off, but then things keep happening just in time for him to be involved or saved over and over again. He never grows, never learns. He's a week chaos mage, decides to be an order mage, and within a couple months is one of the most powerful mages in the continent. He never learns anything, he just trys it and is amazing at it. Example, sheilds, "just add order to your shields" well I've never used order, but okay, and bam, strongest shields his uncle has ever seen. (His uncle who is one of the stringent white mages in the country) try making cupridium, which hasn't been made In centuries, bam done in a day after three trys (but it was so hard and wasted so much bronze, as is mentioned over and over again)
Worst of all, no personal growth is seen, he's the same annoying twit at the end as at the beginning, just immensely more powerful three months later.
Second, the cover blurb is meaningless, and false. No one is chasing him ever. Period. Annoying.
Third, all of the characters are completely undeveloped, 2D stick figures to be a place holder. Evil, good, savior, mentor, with no other motivations.
Third, weird politically correct soap boxing. Never seen it before with Modesitt, some really good philosophy, but this is more like campaign bumper stickers. Example, income inequality. Beltur starts making cuprudium and makes 2 silvers a day, these one of a kind objects that no one in the world can make and sell for 100 times what he is paid and he says several times, it's not fair or right that I cake this much money for working so hard. Another gay marriage, or gay couples? The mentor of Beltur and his lover are gay, and everyone comments over and over how they are different, and isn't it wonderful, and aren't they so perfect, and no I'm not different like them, but they are so perfect. And they like to take "naps" together, and isn't that a silly thing to call it? Not that I'm against gay marriage, but what the heck is it doing in this book? Also anti trader (stock traders?) Because they are all selfish stupid short sighted imbeciles who will ruin the world. None of this was fit into the story or subtly suggested, it was crowbarred in and disrupted the story.
Finally, and not because there isn't more but because no one will ever read this, the laws of order and chaos only very bugle follow the previous books, weird things are allowed to happen, and order and chaos are more like mana floating around than the building blocks of the world. It's weird. They are now somehow like matter and antimatter, and when they touch they destroy each other, except when they don't and they contain each other.
Poorly written, poorly edited, bad dialogue, bad book. I will not be reading the rest of beltur story when it comes out. I hope Modesitt will quickly return to publishing good books.
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.
A NetGalley ARC
You need new ideas, this is JUST LAZY! I’ve been feeling this way for the past 5 books and I had to speak up! The sameness of the books is out of control and he and TOR should be embarrassed trying to pass this off as a new book in Recluse series!