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Darknesses (The Second Book of the Corean Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprint edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765346338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765346339
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The gritty details of this world make it as real as any in science fiction. As usual, Mr. Modesitt's sense of power makes the fantastic background more plausible."--"Philadelphia Press & Review" on "The Spellsong War"
"One of the premier voices in fantasy . . . Modesitt is a fabulous world-builder who once again creates a milieu so compelling that it seems like we actually go there with the plucky heroine...."--"Romantic Times" on "The Soprano Sorceress"
"The underlying theme of this volume is stewardship and its costs. Modesitt shows how Anna must change her assumptions about herself, what she will and will not do, to be true to the responsibilities she has taken on as regent. Darksong Rising is another of Modesitt's deeply philosophical novels disguised as an action-adventure, military fantasy. This title is highly recommended for all young adult collections." --VOYA on" Darksong Rising"


The gritty details of this world make it as real as any in science fiction. As usual, Mr. Modesitt's sense of power makes the fantastic background more plausible. "Philadelphia Press & Review on The Spellsong War"

One of the premier voices in fantasy . . . Modesitt is a fabulous world-builder who once again creates a milieu so compelling that it seems like we actually go there with the plucky heroine.... "Romantic Times on The Soprano Sorceress"

The underlying theme of this volume is stewardship and its costs. Modesitt shows how Anna must change her assumptions about herself, what she will and will not do, to be true to the responsibilities she has taken on as regent. Darksong Rising is another of Modesitt's deeply philosophical novels disguised as an action-adventure, military fantasy. This title is highly recommended for all young adult collections. "VOYA on Darksong Rising""

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The second volume of The Corean Chronicles, a major new series by a proven master of epic fantasy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Alucius, once a prisoner of the Matrites, is now back among friends--but some of his "friends" seem worse than the enemy! When it is time to return to his men after a month long furlough with his family, Alucius is attacked by assassins. He survives, but this is just the first of many situations where he is put in harm's way. He becomes convinced that he has a powerful enemy among the Iron Valley Council, but he doesn't know who it is or why he is hated.

When the Iron Valley is taken over by the Lonachronans, Captain Alucius is assigned an impossible seeming mission far from Iron Valleys and his family. There he is betrayed when his "allies" flee leaving him to hold against overwhelming numbers of nomads.

This book is well worth your time. An excellent sequel to Legacies.
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Format: Paperback
L. E. Modesitt has with this book given yet more proof (if any were needed) that he is one of the most entertaining fantasy writers around. Corean Chronicles is a worthy successor to The Saga of Recluce, The Spellsong Cycle and so on.
In Alucius we have a hero who is slowly coming into his powers and realising that his life is going to be vastly different from the one he envisioned as a child. His world is one where technology, the supernatural and magic are so intertwined that it is not possible to say where one stops and the other(s) start.
His wife Wendra is also starting to learn that she also has Talent and is learning how to use it, there is a steadily strengthening physic bond between them that adds to the depth of their personal story. Alucius and Wendra have (hopefully) a long journey in front of them as they both continue not only to learn about their separate powers and how to use them, but also what fate destiny holds for them.
The signs are that Alucius will not end his days as a humble herder of nightsheep but that tale remains to be told. I for one look forward to reading the next instalment of this entertaining fantasy.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first volume of this series introduced us to the main characters (including Modessit's typical heroic figure), the main concepts and the world that the adventures would be set in - I quite enjoyed the first book. In this second volume we learn more about the world and gradually about the underlying 'problem' that is generating the adventures that the hero finds himself in.
Like the first novel, there is a military aspect to it - with battles (and magic) but this time more definite 'baddies' to match against our heroic 'goody' (sorry about the kiddie language, I am spending 'too' much time with my children!).
For all that though - I get the feeling that this book is largely a 'space filler'; clearly we are going to have (at least) volume 3 and reading this book may well be the 'price' we have to pay to understand it.
It wasn't a bad book - just not a particularly good one. I felt that Modessit made a much better job of the soldier/mage hero in the Magi of Cyador/Scian of Cyador books.
I'll look forward to volume 3 of this series - but not with the same anticipation that I waited for this one.
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Unlike the first book this book doesn't hang around getting to known the world or the charaters. Instead you get dropped right into the story with an attempt on Alucius life. From then on the pace is pretty fast, as he fights off raiders. But sadly military success can change little poltically as Alucius finds out.
The writing here is as good as ever with the characters believeable you also learn more about the world of
Coreas about the soarers and their enemies.
But this didn't change the fact i found the story a bit disappointing the reason being in the first book he starts off as wet behind the ears neebie ending up as captian but in this book he starts off as captian and well needless to say his postion doesn't seem to change that radically.
This being said I did enjoy reading it and thats all thay matters really.
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I really enjoyed the Corean series, and re-read it frequently. I like stories where the hero has difficulties as he goes along but does kick ass in general. It's easy reading, but it's lots of fun and highly enjoyable. I think Modesitt has got this one absolutely spot on!
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