July 24, 2003

Legacies, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

This is the first book in a new series, "The Corean Chronicles". It's about a young man with extraordinary powers he slow learns to use. Once he does, he finds himself in a position to destroy a serious evil; moreover, no one else is likely to be able to do it. In the meantime he grows up and becomes quite remarkably talented at the trade which is thrust upon him.

Oh, and he falls in love too.

Put that way, this sounds rather like The Magic of Recluce, doesn't it? The magical underpinnings and history of our hero's world are entirely different (which is refreshing), as is our hero's trade; instead of being a woodworker, he's a sheep herder (which is trickier than it sounds) and an amazingly lethal soldier.

In fact, the bulk of this book is really just military fiction. If you like reading about advances and retreats and strategy and tactics at the level of a cavalry trooper, it's not bad. But it's a long slow book, and things really only pick up toward the end.

I dunno. The book's well-crafted, certainly; it was long and slow, but it wasn't--quite--tedious. But it's maybe a chest of drawers where I was looking for something more like a grand piano.

I'll most likely read the next book in the series.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 24, 2003 04:52 PM