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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (4 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323811
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter what anyone claims, writers are made, not born, and what and how they write is the result of just how they were made... or how they made themselves. I began by writing poetry, which was published only in small magazines, and then went on to write administrative reports while I was a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by research papers, speeches, economic and technical studies, and policy and briefing papers. Along the way, I've been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.

As a result, my writing tends to incorporate all of the above, in addition to the science fiction I read from a very early age. After close to sixty published novels, and perhaps a score of short stories, it's fairly clear to me that "what kind of writer" I am for readers tends to depend on which of my books each reader has read.

Along the way, I've weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], a brown Labrador, a white cockapoo, an energetic Shih-tzu, two scheming dachshunds, a capricious spaniel, a crazy Saluki-Aussie, and various assorted pet rodents. Finally, in 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., I escaped to New Hampshire. There I was fortunate enough to find and marry a lovely lyric soprano, and we moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and where I attempt to create and manage chaos in the process of writing.




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"Fans of Modesitt's Recluce books will likely love this latest addition to the series... Rahl is a well-crafted protagonist with believable reactions to the world around him, and the high level of ordinary detail describing Hamor and Recluce never gets in the way of the story." - Romantic Times Book Reviews on MAGE-GUARD OF HAMOR" --Romantic Times Review

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Saetana on 2 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Modesitt's latest novel begins around 10 years after Nylan and Arylyn left Recluce (events covered in Fall of Angels and The Chaos Balance) back in Westwind and is the story of Saryn the Arms Commander of Westwind and one of the original Angels who landed on the Roof of the World when their spaceship was fatally damaged in a battle. Saryn, like most of the Angels, has developed order and/or chaos abilities, for those who have read more of the Recluce novels she would be termed a Gray Mage as she can blend order and chaos together and does not suffer the debilitating pain when killing like the Black Mages (Nylan, Arlyn, Siret, Istril) do. In this novel she develops these powers more and more as the story progresses (like Nylan and Arlyn did when they left Westwind) and they save the lives of herself and her guards on many occasions. She will be called in the Legend (in later years) as Saryn of the Black Blades, she is second only to Ryba herself (Marshall of Westwind) in arms skills besides being an excellent tactician. Ryba's foresight is at play again in this novel and, after Westwind has been attacked yet again by a large force, she agrees to Saryn fulfilling a promise of personal aid to the female Regent of Lornth and allows her to take 2 squads of guards with her. Saryn has a huge task ahead of her, to bring peace and order to a misogynist culture that has been suffering from internal and external conflict for generations, it becomes obvious as the story progresses that Ryba has foreseen what the eventual outcome will be, it takes far longer for reality to dawn for Saryn.Read more ›
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I have to admit that the Recluce books by L E Modesitt Jr. are a bit of a weakness of mine. I have read other novels by the very prolific author and found them to be simply okay, but the Recluce series have always been entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.

It is also one of those series that I was waiting for the bubble to pop. After all it began with a run of five books, that were cleverly written, released in an unusual but working order - chronologically the first book is actually fourth... But they work perfectly as they are, introducing you to the world of Recluce, then filling in some of the history then delivering the big finish.

When more books followed it felt as though Modesitt might have been trying to make stretch the idea, but instead he produced book after book that deepened the world he had created, and each one ultimately won me over.

Arms Commander is the 16th book in series, and for the first time I felt as though the format was being stretched, not quite the bubble popping, but certainly deflating a little. There seems to be a pattern to the novels forming, in which a single character is thrust into a situation of the his/her depth. There they are forced to make use of what power (Recluce has a superb and fascinating magical system based around Chaos and Order) they have, only to discover that they are a lot more powerful than they thought, and resolving the almost insurmountable problems they face along the way.

This is true of Arms Commander.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By granny margaret on 5 July 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
the recluce saga is as fresh in this as in the first volume. The development of Westwind is coherent and believable and the characters, as always, are well rounded. this explains Southwind. Hopefully more of Southwind will be forethcoming so we can understand Creslin's dislike and his resistance to the arranged marriage which led to Recluce.
I could have been even happier if more depth of mythology for the anglorats and Ryba's crew had been explored. Maybe next time.
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I always feel a great sense of disappointment as I approach the end of the latest L.E. Modesitt novel! This is because it feels like I'm saying 'goodbye' to a close friend when I finish!! Arms-Commander did not disappoint and is another great addition to The Saga of Recluce, helping to fill in the history of the surrounding lands and the roots of Sarronnyn. Would definitely recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist on 31 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
As most of you know, I've been a fan of L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s Recluce saga since the early 90s. Though I've enjoyed every installment, my favorites remain Fall of Angels and The Chaos Balance. Both deal with the mythology of Recluce, and the blend of fantasy and science fiction found in these two novels always scratched my itch. If you have never read anything by Modesitt, you might want to begin with these two Recluce books. They might be a bit easier to get into than the others.

Anyway, I was quite excited when I learned that the author would write another installment set in the far past of Recluce. Unfortunately, my reading schedule did not permit me to reread Fall of Angels and The Chaos Balance. Yet that did not take anything away from the overall reading experience, other than perhaps missing a few details and nuances.

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Arms-Commander takes place ten years after the end of The Chaos Balance and tells the story of the legendary Saryn. The keep of Westwind, in the cold mountainous heights called the Roof of the World, is facing attack by the adjoining land of Gallos. Arthanos, son and heir to the ailing Prefect of Gallos, wishes to destroy Westwind because the idea of a land where women rule is total anathema to him.

Saryn, Arms-Commander of Westwind, is dispatched to a neighboring land, Lornth, to seek support against the Gallosians. In the background, the trading council of Suthya is secretly and informally allied with Gallos against Westwind and begins to bribe lord-holders in Lornth to foment rebellion and civil war. They hope to create such turmoil in Lornth that the weakened land will fall to Suthya. But Zeldyan, regent of Lornth, has problems in her family.
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