Fall of Angels

Fall of Angels

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.


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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Fall of Angels continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy.

Nylan, an engineer and builder, plans to raise a great tower on the plateau known as the Roof of the World. Here, he and the exiled women warriors will live and survive to fulfill their destiny, spawning a revolutionary new society. But Nylan must learn to control his growing power in order to do so—before the lowland amies can obliterate them all.

“An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world.”—Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® series

Saga of Recluce

#1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of Sunset / #3 The Magic Engineer / #4 The Order War / #5 The Death of Chaos / #6 Fall of Angels / #7 The Chaos Balance / #8 The White Order / #9 Colors of Chaos / #10 Magi’i of Cyador / #11 Scion of Cyador / #12 Wellspring of Chaos / #13 Ordermaster / #14 Natural Order Mage / #15 Mage-Guard of Hamor / #16 Arms-Commander / #17 Cyador’s Heirs / #18 Heritage of Cyador /#19 The Mongrel Mage / #20 Outcasts of Order / #21 The Mage-Fire War (forthcoming)

Story Collection: Recluce Tales

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Imager Portfolio
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250248534
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/15/1997
Series: Recluce Series , #6
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 592,581
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

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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“There were angels in Heaven in those days, and there were demons, and the demons were the creators and the creation of chaos…

“In that distant battle between the fires of the demons and the ice lances of the angels, the very skies twisted in upon themselves, and the angels, who came from cold Heaven, were cast down and strewn across the stars.

“Those angels, the first and last from far Heaven, when they found the world, knew not where they were, nor could they see even the stars from whence they had come. And they descended unto the Roof of the World.

“There they built the Citadel of the Winds, the tower called Black, with those chained lightnings yet they had retained, carving unto themselves a high refuge and a reminder of their past.

“So as they had come, so earlier had come those from the lands and heritage of the demons, and those were men who believed not that women should wear blades nor speak their minds and thoughts.

“In the time of that first summer came armsmen, inspired by the demons, and there were battles across the Roof of the World, and blood…

“Thus continued the conflict between order and chaos, between those who would force order and those who would not, and between those who followed the blade and those who followed the spirit.

“Of the great ones were the angel Ryba, Nylan of the forge of order and the fires of Heaven, Saryn of the dark blades of death, and Ayrlyn of the songs.…”

Book of Ayrlyn
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Copyright © 1996 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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Megan Lindholm

This is a writer who cares about his characters and his world. This is disciplined fantasy...L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is uncompromising when it comes to the effects of magic, both in the natural world and in the human heart. There are no cheap solutions to the problems of Recluce. Because of that, it is a world worth returning to.

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Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Depending on how you order this series, this is the story of the beginning of the Recluce series, telling how the 'angels' of Westwind fell from the skies. Like most of the series, the characters in this book drag you in and take you along.
agibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my personal favorite of the Recluce novels. The science fiction to fantasy overlap done at the beginning is not a conceit that I particularly enjoy, but Modesitt moves past it quickly as he begins to tell the story of stranded crew of the Winterlance, a starship blasted into the unfamiliar world of Recluce. The bulk of the story is about the attempts of the Winterlance's captain and chief engineer, Ryba and Nylan, to (at times literally) carve out a home in a world that detests them because most of the crew are women.Despite the numerous battles and the staggering death toll racked up, this is really a story about building. Constructing buildings, constructing a new way of life, and struggling with the elements and with themselves to survive in a foreign and hostile situation.Of all the Recluce novels, and I own them all, this is the one that I have picked up the most often.
UR12 More than 1 year ago
A great read that leaves you waiting for the future sequel. If you have read the previous Recluse books by L.E. Modesitt it leaves you considering as you read of the possible results of the Mage using magical forces without any training or knowledge of the source of power. The rise of power by the, "Angels" on the roof of the world is interesting but somewhat disconnected from previous stories in the series. Nevertheless the growth of power by women given the societal structure of adjacent realms is a great examination of evolutionary changes that practicably could take place. As usual the author gives almost visual clarity to something as simple as a meal where given the usual suspension of disbelief can leave your mouth watering. Although a bit plodding at times eventually the goal of whatever construction Modesitt creates eventually is actualized. I always come back to the author’s works that are many in number and always find them to be a good investment in my reading experience.
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Althor18 More than 1 year ago
Excellent series..loved it all and I am on Book #11 now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting and kept my interest. The characters were some of the best in the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books in the Recluce Series. The book is fast-paced and very exciting which makes this book impossible to put down. The blend of Sci-Fi and Fantasy makes this book excellent and everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is the best book of the Recluce Series. There is a nice blend of science fiction combined with fantasy which makes The Fall of Angels an outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion the Recluse series stops at with Fall of Angels. The Magic of Recluse was an excellent start to what could have been the next major fantasy fad, but with the introduction of spaceships and futuristic weapons my tastes ran sour. Although I will credit the author on his splendid job of taking a world through many time periods with relative ease.