Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

Fall of Angels (Recluce Series #6)

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Overview

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce have established a standard of entertainment in contemporary fantasy. "In Modesitt's universe, where good and evil, chaos and order, are in perpetual conflict, a young wizard finds that his destiny is to strike a balance, but at considerable personal cost. Modesitt creates a deeper and more intricate world with each volume," says Publishers Weekly. "Modesitt's elaborate and intelligent working out of a system of magic and a system of technology parallel to it is becoming more the lifeblood of the Recluce books with every new volume. . . . His saga continues to gain in popularity," says Booklist. Each Recluce novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other Recluce novels to deepen and enrich the listener's experience.

Now, in Fall of Angels, Modesitt moves deep into Recluce's past to chronicle the founding of the Empire of the Legend, the almost mythological domain ruled by women warriors on the highland plateau of the continent of Candar. He tells the story from the point of view of Nylan, the engineer and builder whose job it is to raise a great tower on the plateau known as the Roof of the World. Here the exiled women warriors will live and survive to fulfill their destiny. Here a revolutionary new society will be born . . . if Nylan can get the tower built and defenses in place before the rulers of the lowland nations come with their armies to obliterate them all. And if Nylan can learn to control the magical powers that are growing within him.

Thus Modesitt relates the story of how magic comes into the world of Recluce, in a fantasy novel destined to please the growing Recluce audience and win new fans of the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452616827
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2014
Series: Recluce Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over seventy novels, including the Imager Portfolio series and the Saga of Recluce series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. He has also published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories.

Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

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Fall of Angels


By Modesitt, L. E.

Tor Fantasy

Copyright © 1997 Modesitt, L. E.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780812538953


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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 theforge of order and the fires of Heaven, Saryn of the dark blades of death, and Ayrlyn of the songs...."
 
Book of Ayrlyn
Section I
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Copyright 1996 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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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.