From Book 1:
With The Magic of Recluce, L.E. Modesitt made his spectacular hardcover debut, breaking out in broad scope and grand scale with a novel within the nice custom of the conflict between good and evil in an exquisite fantasy world. Modesitt had been producing quick-paced, slickly-written novels of SF journey, typically in comparison with the work of Keith Laumer and Gordon R. Dickson. Then, in his largest and greatest book but, he broadened his canvas and turned to fantasy and magic, stepping instantly into the entrance rank of modern fantasy writers.
The Magic of Recluce is a rigorously-plotted fantasy novel of character concerning the progress and schooling of a younger magician. In it, Modesitt confronts actual ethical points with gripping drive, builds environment slowly and convincingly and provides his central character, Lerris, actual mental challenges. That is the type of extremely-rationalized fantasy that Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson write once they write fantasy, colourful and detailed.
He’s given the usual two choices: everlasting exile from Recluce or the dangergeld, a posh, rule-laden wanderjahr within the lands past Recluce with the goal of studying how the world works and what his place in it is perhaps. Many don’t survive. He chooses dangergeld.
Although magic is never mentioned brazenly in Recluce, it turns into clear, when Lerris is shipped into intensive coaching for his quest, that he has a pure expertise for it throughout his weapons classes. And he’ll want magic within the lands past, the place the facility of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. He should study to make use of his powers in an orderly means or fall prey to Chaos.
Lerris might resent order, however he has no problem selecting good over evil. As he begins his lonely journey, he falls into the corporate of a grey magician, as soon as of Recluce, who tutors him within the use of magic and exhibits him some of the devastation brought on by the Chaos Wizards within the nice wars between Chaos and Order of previous occasions.
Lerris pursues a quest for information and energy that leads him throughout unusual lands, via the ghostly ruins of the previous capitol of Chaos, down the white roads of the Chaos Wizards to a ultimate battle with the archenemy of Order, discovering in the long run true management of magic, real love, and the start of true knowledge. An epic journey, The Magic of Recluce0, is a triumph of fantasy.
The Magic of Recluce is the primary book of the saga of Recluce.