The Towers of the Sunset

The Towers of the Sunset

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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

Rather than accepting a marriage arranged by his mother, the powerful military matriarch of Westwind, Creslin chooses exile, setting out to find his own identity and developing his magical talents through conflict with the enigmatic white wizards of Candar.

What Creslin doesn't know he stands in the way of their plot to subjugate the world.

Saga of Recluce

#1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of Sunset / #3 The Order War / #4 The Magic Engineer / #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: 9781250197986
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Recluce Series , #2
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 86,093
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(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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Can you see how the pieces fit together? Not just the visible ones, like the towers of the sunset, but those unseen, like the heart of a man or the soul of a wizard.
Not that you will believe. Patterns work that way, for each individual is captured by her patterns, even as she must reconcile them.
The lady named Megaera, if indeed merely that, sees all the patterns, yet for all she sees and says, for all the truth in the Legend, logic and the towers fail. Logic indeed is a frail structure to hold a reality that must encompass both order and chaos, especially when Black supports order and White is the sign of chaos.
Even logic must fall to understanding, to those who can laugh at their chains and shatter chaos and upend order, even more so than the so-called gods and those who call upon them. Or the Furies that followed the fallen angels of Heaven.
Has there been a god in Candar? Did the angels in truth fall upon the Roof of the World? How true is the Legend? The patterns supply no answers, but any story must start somewhere, even if its beginning seems like the ending of another tale, or the middle of a third epic. And patterns never tell the entire story, the order-masters and the chaos-masters notwithstanding.
As for the towers of the sunset…
Though the musician has seen them—the towers of the sunset—rearing above the needle peaks of the west, who has dwelt there?
Another look and they are no more, just towering cumuli-nimbi, strafing the foothills with the lashes of the gods. In the gold light of morning, the rivulets of ice would verify the anger of…?
What does a house tell of its builder? A sword ofits owner? Or of those who stop to admire the lines of each?
The musician smiles briefly. That is all he can do. That, and bring to music what his eyes have seen, for he will sing to the Marshall of Westwind, ruler of the Roof of the World, about the towers of the sunset.
Who else looks at the towers of the sunset? Who built them? The angels of Heaven? The musician knows no answers except those of his music, and of his heart, which lies colder than the strings of the guitar he bears with him.
Suffice it to say that the castle is called Westwind…founded by a long-dead captain: Ryba, from the swift ships of Heaven.
Her many-time daughter’s son—but that is the story to come
Copyright © 1992 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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Towers of the Sunset (Recluce Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In The Towers of the Sunset I didn't know what was going on I figured the main character from the first book was going to be the main character in the second one but I guess I was wrong I enjoyed the book greatly I just like the main character in the Magic of Recluce book better Great book tho recomend it to fantasy lovers all over
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but the first volume is the best.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting look back into the past to the founding of Recluse. As is usual with his books, this is all about strong characters and the law vs. chaos trials they go through.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've generally liked the Recluce series, amd while other readers obviously disagreed, I thought this was the best of the series. It is set in a jarringly different world than that of the first book, and it takes quite some time to figure out that this second book is a prequel set in the very distant past (although later books in the series will go back even earlier in history, again in a surprising direction). The use of present tense is unusual, but didn't really bother me. In Modesitt's world characters make difficult choices and have to live with the consequences. Much of the this author's work seems to have an underlying sense of sadness, and I thought it rang true for the two main characters in The Towers of the Sunset.
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For those interested in Recluse, this is almost a "must read". These is plenty of action, and lots of delving into motivations. I plan to read the rest of the series, and am also interested on the Corean Chronicles.
Althor18 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and thought provoking series...
cak57 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I can not wait to read the rest of the series!
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