Scion of Cyador (Recluce Series #11)

Scion of Cyador (Recluce Series #11)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Scion of Cyador continues the story begun in Magi'i of Cyador. Exploring the rich depths of the history of Recluce, Magi'i introduced Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i. A fastidious student mage who lacked blind devotion, Lorn was made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier.

Having survived an extended stint fighting both barbarian raiders and the giant beasts of the Accursed Forest, Lorn has proven himself to be a fine officer . . . perhaps too fine an officer. As his prowess has grown, so has his number of enemies and rivals. Too much success has made him a marked man. When he returns to his home, both he and his young family become targets while all of Cyad is in upheaval over the death of the Emperor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812589269
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Series: Recluce Series , #11
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over forty 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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If Cyador be the paradox of Candar, and supporting that paradox be indeed the duty of each of the Magi'i of the Quarter, then how must each magus approach that duty so as to support the way to the Steps of Paradise?

One scholar magus might say, "Support the Emperor of Light, for he is the one who must balance the Mirror Lancers and the Magi'i against each other, and against the growing might of the merchanter clans, who know but the greed for gold and the pleasures of the moment."

A magus who tends the chaos-towers might declare, "Take care that the chaos-towers endure while they may, for without the towers, Cyador is no more than any other land set upon our world."

Still another might claim, "Set forth rules for the Magi'i that they may lead all by their example and purity of devotion to chaos and the people who revere it."

For all that the Magi'i descended from those of the Rational Stars, the ways in which the duty of a magus could be set forth are myriad, and like unto chaos itself, often resembling itself, yet never the same and always changing. Each magus, from the most to the least devoted, will have a vision of that duty. Some will hold that by increasing their personal mastery of chaos, they will serve Cyador, the Magi'i, and chaos in the best fashion possible. Others will declare that mastery of chaos must always serve others first, for the magus who places himself before duty will always be corrupted into believing that what is good for him is good for all.

Yet neither be right, for a magus who serves only others will fly from one master to another, for each who asks of him becomes a master. A magus who elevates his mastery above all, would make all others his servant. Thus, a magus must be neither master nor servant, but one who walks the narrow path between. A magus without dedication to chaos will have no soul, and one who worships it blindly, no sense.

That dilemma sets forth the true paradox of the Magi'i, that we must master chaos without being mastered by it…

Paradox of Empire

Bern'elth, Magus First

Cyad, 157 A.F.

Copyright © 2000 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Table of Contents


Lorn'alt, Cyad Overcaptain, Mirror Lancers,
Lorn'alt, Biehl,
Lorn'alt, Inividra Sub-Majer, Mirror Lancers,
Lorn'alt, Cyad Sub-Majer, Mirror Lancers,
Tor Books by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.,

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Scion of Cyador (Recluce Series #11) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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lafincoff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read. The book set up that he was going to end up being the ruler, and I plowed through the book to see how it would happen. I rather liked Lorn. The different culture, Hamor, is interesting.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the first books of the Recluse saga chronologically, it is one of my favorites in the series.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally I enjoy the Recluse saga books, but this one had a couple of aspects that threw me off. First, the writing seemed different than Modesitt's normal style. In many parts, it was very simplistic. It had a very 'Run Spot Run' feel, as the character was very deliberate and simple, and he tried to change his writing style to convey that. However, the character was anything but simple. This book also featured even more political maneuvering than usual. At times it felt like there was something going on that we were supposed to understand, but it just wasn't coming together. In general this was a novel quite unlike his others, in both style and content. It was about Cyador, back in the 'good old days' when chaos wasn't quite so evil, and there were still some artifacts left over from the founding. I guess he felt it was time to write about people on the other side of the conflict, it just didn't work as well.
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UR12 More than 1 year ago
It is amazing that L.E. Modesitt can continually spin such amazing stories that flow one upon another with such vivid continuity. In each of his books he builds characters that over time through a path of discovery and growth manage to find their talents that are not always the same but hinge on either the power of chaos or order or a combination of the two. The author takes you on a journey through lands filled with sight, sound and smells. Villains, despots, heros, are a few of those who ramble through the pages to fill the read with excitement. Of course there is usually a romantic twist in the mix but not overdone but fits nicely into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great conclusuon to the Mage Guard of Hamor.
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I do not write reviews much and so far all the books of the recluse saga have only been okay for me. Enough to keep reading but never something I thought exceptional. Until this book. I prefer the order side of things and have never really cared for the chaos story aspects but in this book, I could not stop reading. From beginning to the end it grips you and makes you not want to put it down. There are plenty if ups and downs and always you just have to know what happens next. Truely an amazing book. Love all the poems as well and will have to get them all written down some where. I haven't checked what the next book holds but I think Lorns story is told and now that makes me sad as I want to follow more if him than ever. Just remarkable.
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Tell Mr. Modesitt to write more Recluse books, love to read them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book involves well discribed battles, scheming, politics and trading. It is quite realistic and I would recomend it to any reader who enjoys this type of book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book recaptures the action and excitement of Towers of the Sunset and Modesitt's science fiction books! Lorn is a much deeper and darker character than most of the Recluce saga heroes and I appreciated the change. If you like boring, meandering fantasy novels then this in not for you! I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really great book