By L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765305619, 560pp.)
Publication Date: October 2002
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The first book of the Corean Chronicles
One of the towering creators of contemporary fantasy fiction takes us to a new land of wonders. The Corean Chronicles begin with Legacies, a grand new fantasy novel in which L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the bestselling Recluce fantasy series and the popular Spellsong Cycle, opens the door into a marvelous new world.
Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.
Although born into a successful herder family, Alusius never knew his father, who was killed in action while serving in the Militia. So he is raised on a Nightsheep ranch by his mother and grandparents, and schooled at home. As a child, he shows very strong Talent. He is warned gravely that he must never reveal this outside the home lest he spend his life in servitude to some rich and powerful person. But as he grows to young manhood, Alusius must serve in the Militia like his father before him. When his country is invaded by the slave armies of The Matrial, an immortal ruler in a nearby land, Alusius is captured and enslaved.
A time of changes has come upon all of the world of Corus. If the evil surrounding The Matrial is not brought to an end, those changes will not be happy ones. Gradually, Alusius realizes that he and his Talent have a central role to play.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. lives in Cedar City, Utah.
"Modesitt has established himself with his Recluce series as one of the best nineties writers of fantasy. The fantasies are characterized by a highly developed and consistent system of magic . . . strong characters who both suffer and are developed during the narratives, great attention to detail in the depiction of the different worlds, especially their various societies and magic systems, together with plots that carry the reader effortlessly to the last pages. Highly recommended."--Vector
"The consistent excellence of L. E. Modesitt makes him by far the most entertaining of today's fantasy writers."--Romantic Times Magazine