The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce, #2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce, #2)

Return now to the world of Recluce in The Towers of the Sunset.Tells the story of Creslin, son of a powerful military matriarch, who chooses exile rather than an arranged marriage. He sets out on a search for his true identity as a man, developing his magical talents through constant conflict with the enigmatic white wizards of Candar.

Details The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce, #2)

TitleThe Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce, #2)
Release DateJul 15th, 1992
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Magic

Reviews The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce, #2)

  • Bob Milne
    The first time I encountered The Saga of Recluce, I remember being somewhat bewildered by the progression from The Magic of Recluce to The Towers of the Sunset. Instead of picking up Lerris' story, as I would have expected of a traditional narrative, L. E. Modesitt Jr. catapults us back almost an entire millennium to tell the story of Creslin and the founding of Recluce.Unusual and unorthodox, especially with the following book, The Magic Enginee...
  • Bill
    Book 2 of the series takes us back to the beginning of the settling of Recluce. It's an enjoyable, nicely written read in general and sets up the conflict between the black and white wizards. But, I did not really like the characters. I found Creslin and Megaera immature and whiny. Megaera (and others) constantly put down men as a species to the point it felt like modern reverse-sexism. Though these main characters had reasons for their behavior ...
  • Ben Babcock
    It's been almost two years since I re-read The Magic of Recluce. I consider the Recluce saga among the "formative fantasy series" of my youth. I associate the word "Recluce" with memories of being curled up in a massive armchair in the living room, rain streaming down the windows outside, cradling a massive 600- or 800-page hardcover book in my hands. That was the life.With The Towers of Sunset, Modesitt returns to the Recluce saga in prequel for...
  • Jim
    I've read this several times over the years, but it really impressed me & let me down this time. First the bad news. Creslin is almost too stupid & Magera is a total bitch in the first part of the book. By the end, both are OK, their issues understandable, but I never found their earlier roles all that believable. As usual, I didn't care all that much for the love bit.So why did I rate this so highly? Mostly because Modesitt did a fantastic job w...
  • David
    Reading this is like reading an excruciatingly detailed historical account about how someone who lived in the distant past once watched paint dry.
  • Wanda
    I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, with the male/female role reversal. The young man, Creslin, who is kept in seclusion to be pure for marriage, the reluctance to teach him fighting skills because he will have women to defend him, his major life role to be a consort to a powerful woman somewhere. And because he has insisted on learning to fight and to ski, we get a runaway groom instead of a runaway bride! I’ve read this particular pa...
  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    This is a significant volume in the Recluce saga, going several generations back in time to witness the founding of Recluce as a bastion of Order amidst Chaotic or indifferent nations. It begins well enough with poetic language that is a step or two above anything in The Magic Of Recluce (although the cod-Biblical language we are treated to at one point is cringe-inducing as are the many song lyrics interspersed, although not as totally lacking a...
  • Mark
    “The Towers of the Sunset” is the second book of the Recluce saga. However, instead of depicting events that occur subsequent to the ending of the first book, it jumps back in time to before the island of Recluce was established. Overall, it's a good read if you liked Modesitt’s first novel. The Plot There are two kinds of societies in Modesitt's world, ones that respect "The Legend" and ones that don't. What "the Legend" exactly is isn't s...
  • Bryan Brown
    Right off I have to clarify that this story would have had a higher rating except for one critical problem I had with the two main characters. Almost 900 years after the last book, Cresslin, a black mage (subtype: storm) is the oldest son of the Marshal of Westwind. The old legend of westwind seems to have been forgotten and changed into "men suck and should never lead or they will cause wars." Both Westwind and the land of Sarronyn (founded by t...
  • Alexander Sprague
    While many people comment on what place this book is chronologically, Anyone who is looking at this should realize that the author strongly suggest you read them in order of publication.I liked this book for a lot of reasons, the first being that it made the world that contains Recluse seem real, it has a history and religion that can be explored later. The system for magic was expanded upon, and the events of the first book, even though they wer...
  • Kathi
    7/10This entry in the Saga of Recluce takes the reader to the founding of Recluce as a haven for wizards of order and others. Creslin and Megaera, betrothed and tied together by their life force, battle family, expectations, wizards, assassins, and each other as they find their way to love and learn the price of power and the costs of the decisions they feel compelled to make. The magic system of this world continues to fascinate me. The sound ef...
  • Ron
    Better. He earned these stars.A self-contained story, not a rambling part of a dozen-plus saga ala Robert Jordan.His writing is better, too, though he depends too heavily on clique reversals. It's a good device, just over used.It is odd, and off-putting, that everything new his protagonist tries works ... often spectacularly. Even as he is berating himself for not single-handedly (and instantly) solving all the problems of the world .
  • Tanya
    I'm pretty convinced the L.E. Modesitt sucks, despite a general liking for fantasy writing and series fiction. At least this story wasn't as bad as The SpellSong series.
  • Pickyreader
    Annoying is all I have to say.
  • Michael
    Another likeable Modesitt hero, another unlikable Modesitt heroine and much more world-building than plot.
  • Rebecca
    Nothing exciting - about the struggle to establish early Recluce.Touches on magic, politics, adventure, intrigue and romance but i wouldn't say any particular element stands out.
  • Andrew
    I won't go into detail about other shortcomings reviewers have covered in great detail but I will mention the innate sexism and misandry that is a constant theme. Yes, I get the cultural and historical bias for it in the story, but it just goes on and on, and there's no stopping once the protagonists are married. You would think that living together and actually sharing intimate thoughts would help overcome this bigotry, but no.We're told that Me...
  • Jane
    Great fantasy novelModesitt has a gift for creating believable worlds based on magic with intricate plots and credible characters. The narrative isn't predictable, and although the novel has a reasonably 'happy ending', the main characters have to undergo many difficulties and make a lot of sacrifices before they reach that is a journey of self-discovery for both of them.
  • Jim
    My review is in the audio edition here.
  • Matko
    I should have learned by now not to read random things off the Web without prior research. But what can you do, I'm thick that way. Anyway, has recently launched monthly book club which features free Kindle editions of books from their catalog. December pick was “The Towers of the Sunset” by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. In these type of deals one should always except some amount of blowing one's own horns, and indeed, accompanying essays talke...
  • M.A. Kropp
    Creslin's mother, the matriarch of the powerful military country known as the Roof of the World, has arranged his coming marriage to Mageara, sister to the ruler of a neighboring country. Mageara's sister has forced Mageara to accept a blood bond to Creslin, a magical bonding that makes Mageara aware of Creslin's thoughts and feelings. Creslin is unwilling to accept the marriage, and escapes. He is tracked down by Mageara, and together they accep...
  • Mayank Agarwal
    One of a kind love story with a strong background of MagicIt’s a standalone book, one doesn’t need to have read other book from the series to enjoy this one.Loved reading the book, it has character growth, coming of age adventure, complicated romance, and a lot of world building. The book starts with some interesting take on politics and religion in a part of the world not yet touched in the previous book. Our protagonist wants to get out of ...
  • Christopher
    "Walking Simulator: The Novel." 2 stars.I didn't much care for the first Recluce novel but since each novel in the series is a stand-alone story, I thought I'd give the second a shot. It was a bad decision.Similar to the first novel, this second tells the story of a young noble (Creslin) who leaves his homeland to basically walk the earth and haggle. He has random encounters with White/Chaos wizards and develops an odd quais-telepathic/empathic l...
  • Zach
    Ummm.... this book is ok. At first I hated it and I couldn't bring myself to care for such whiny characters. Towards the middle I realized the significance of what I was reading and felt like I should re-read the first part which failed to capture my attention. You are probably not like me, when I read a book I don't get into I can't follow details and I just skim. This is what I did for basically half the book because it did not capture my atten...
  • Dustin
    3.5/5. I liked it in some ways more than the Magic of Recluce. At first the main character was incredibly unlikeable, but ended up growing into being tolerable by the end. At first he was kind a whiny princling of questionable sexual orientation who turns into a kind of rapey horndog, chasing after poorly written "unreasonably angry female" character. By the end I did enjoy his godlike weather magic, and the ending was sweet. It did feel like a f...
  • Anne
    Quirky, present-tense only voice was noticeable throughout the book. I guess after 70+ books authors have to mix it up somehow but I really wish there'd been more exposition along the way. It was not until the last quarter of the book that I realized the tension in one of the story arcs was whether or not rape had been committed. This is a shame because this story of the founding of Recluce is engaging and the argument for how Recluce came to be ...
  • Jeff Powers
    This one was a little slower to get into than the first, with the characters not really catching my interest until about 200 pages in. But once they did I found them quite enjoyable. The odd romantic dynamic was fun as well as seeing the struggles of the founders of Recluce was quite interesting. And of course the best part of this series is the heavy dose of philosophy within each tale. While not as memorable as the first, it didn't put me off t...
  • Christopher
    I must have read this book a million times. The author's overuse of onomatopoeia drives me nuts, his whiny main characters are annoying, and the gender dynamics are barely out of the norm for so-called "high fantasy" written in the 1990s. But reading it takes me back to when I was a kid and I still enjoy the ride.
  • Janeil
    I read this out of order so it was a little confusing at first. I found myself thinking Creslin should quit the whining already. Then I stopped and thought about how the role reversal, the women being in charge and men being "just a man" as a song in the book repeated, and realized that I was disconcerted because of the role reversal. I liked the book. I would suggest reading in order.
  • Pedro Marroquín
    N-esimo joven aprendiz (en este caso de guerrero) que en realidad es un mago del copón, y que a base de tropiezos y de desastres (personales y ajenos) se va haciendo mucjo más poderoso, hasta que llega a ser la host... y funda la isla de Recluce, de donde toma su nombre la serie. Empieza mal, pero hacia mitad del libro empueza a mejorar hasta no estar mal. C+