Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce, #15) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce, #15)

"An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world." —Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® seriesAs young apprentice on the island of Recluce, Rahl was sent to the mages training school for testing before he was banished to Hamor. Now, Rahl is a powerful mage and still just as dangerous to himself and to others. His education continues, but Rahl soon finds that as his powers have increased, so has the amount of tro...

Details Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce, #15)

TitleMage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce, #15)
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy

Reviews Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce, #15)

  • Jim
    This finishes up Rahl's story & is the 13th book chronologically, the 15th published. It should be read immediately after Natural Ordermage in any reading order though since it starts just 3 years (1503) afterward.There are plenty of twists & turns as Rahl fights a civil war in Hamor, a setting that allows for a lot of discussion on politics & economics of the country. It never gets boring since he's constantly pushed to learn how to use his powe...
  • Bryan Brown
    This story concludes the adventures of Rahl. Overall it was a fun read especially the last half of the book which is largely concerned with a military campaign which is some of what Modesitt Jr does best. My major complaint is with the very minor romance subplot, and a few quibbles with consistency from the first half. Rahl does continue to grow in this story which is very nice to see. He still struggles with anger problems but as his powers grow...
  • Kevinalbee
    This was an enjoyable read. However, Modesitt's stories in this world are starting to repeat themselves. Boy kicked out of recluseboy learns great control of his powers. Boy becomes central to events on other part of world.Boy aquires a position of power and is happy forever.Enjoyable but predictable. I like these books but the story line is complete
  • Liviu
    the conclusion to Rahl story (see below for more about the duology in my rv of Natural Ordermage )excellent stuff with everything as expected, the only annoyance was the name of the protagonist (as it kept reminding me of you know what series, one that I grew to detest profoundly), but that was a pretty major one that bothered me intermittently till the end
  • Pickyreader
    This was another amazing book from L.E. Modesitt Jr. It kept me reading till the very end which I loved. This duology has to be at the top of my favorites.
  • Debra Meyer
    Verbal sound effects again *sigh* but the book was ok, . Am glad I've reached the end of this series that I have and have now deleted them all. I recommend not listening to this series but to get the print form. its not a bad series but the narrator destroyed it quite a bit as well as far too often there was like one page chapters which drives me nuts. Most of this series could have been written in half the amount of books with proper editing and...
  • Kathi
    Overall, a good story" parts of it took too long to develop and some of the scenes that were "building blocks" could have been consolidated or eliminated, but the author gave us a more complete and honest view of both Recluce and Hamor. Many of the supporting characters were as or more interesting as the main character.
  • Dustin Raymond
    Shares many similarities between other Modesitt books, an ordinary man who rises eventually rises to great power and prestige, but was very well written and great detail was provided in the campaign against the rebel forces. One of Modesitt's best books yet, in my opinion.
  • David Ward
    Great readThis was a great ending of the mage-guard series. A nice link to the past and I look forward to new adventures.
  • James Singh
    My first DNF in the recluce series, this was painfully slow and becomes predictable and uninteresting as the novel continues. Dommage
  • Chip Hunter
    Another well-written and entertaining novel set in Modesitt's world of Recluce, this one picks up where Natural Ordermage leaves off, following Rahl as he continues to make a life for himself in Hamor. This book tracks along a very similar pattern to many of the other books in the series, both in content and in writing style. We once again have the privilege of following a young and inexperienced mage through trials and difficulties that force hi...
  • Sherrill Watson
    This is the story of How Rahl Learned To Be Somebody in the military, in 620pp. He has an Overcommander, Taryl, one friend Drakeyt in the Third Company, an insipid girlfriend, Deybri and "the gelding" who never gets hurt; there are thousands of people who get killed(!) while moving toward some city or other. Bit by bit, he learns his talents: to skry, to extend his senses, to predict the weather (tho he didn't seen to do that successfully, or wit...
  • Niall McGrath
    Another unusual book from LEMJ. Slow starting, and with his unusual focus on food. However, enjoyable, adding another layer to the Recluce series and once again moving the perspective further away from it's starting point.I enjoyed it and if you like Fantasy, you might too - if you can get used to his unusual style.
  • Paul
    Mage-Guard of Hamor is the finale of the two-part “Rahl Epic” within the Saga of Recluce Series.In Natural Ordermage, we were introduced to Rahl. He blamed all of his misfortunes on others, never taking responsibility for his own destiny. We were lead to believe at the conclusion of that novel that he’d make good in the next.In Mage-Guard of Hamor, Rahl’s whining has substantially subsided. What is so disappointing is that the character h...
  • Yune
    A direct continuation of Natural Ordermage; do read this one if you liked the previous, but I'm not sure how it'd read without full knowledge of Rahl's journey.Rahl is considerably more mature now, although he does still exasperate poor Taryl from time to time. And although Hamor's a refreshingly balanced nation compared to the order-obsessed Recluce, Modesitt's not one to let any nation escape the ills of bureaucracy or ambition, and Rahl is soo...
  • T.I.M. James
    I have often said that L E Modesitts' Recluce novels are pretty much of a guilty pleasure. I just love them, find them easy to read and enjoy them immensely. Having said that this is the first one that I felt I had 'trouble' with.That is not to say that I did not enjoy it, but there just seemed to be a little something missing, that very thing that had made the other books that little better than anything else I had read by Modesitt. I'm not sure...
  • William Bentrim
    Mage-Guard of Hamor L.E. Modesitt Jr.In the continuing saga of Recluce, Modesitt picks up the threads of Rahl, the exiled natural order mage. Exiled from Recluce because his strength and his talent were frightening to the establishment, Rahl suffered a high level of abuse in the last book. In this book, working with Taryl, the former Triad, Rahl begins to gain control of his considerable talent. The intrigue and maneuverings of the various Hamori...
  • Doug B.
    I really enjoy Modesitt's books and this was no exception. It is part of the Recluce Series which I think now stretches over 20 or so books (which can seem quite daunting), but they tend to fall into small arcs rather then one continuous story. While not necessarily the best hopping on point (being a direct sequel to Natural Ordermage), Modesitt makes a point of delivering a complete story. While exploring similar themes to other of his Recluce b...
  • Jeremy Preacher
    Totally unlike its immediate predecessor in plot and theme, Mage-Guard is a straight-up military adventure. It's not particularly focused on the nuts and bolts of army life, rather on a series of, basically, logic puzzles that Rahl has to solve using magic (traps, ambushes, cavalry charges, etc) without exhausting himself or getting his company killed. It's pretty fast-paced and mostly good fun - all the Recluce books are fairly clean, even when ...
  • Jeremy Preacher
    Totally unlike its immediate predecessor in plot and theme, Mage-Guard is a straight-up military adventure. It's not particularly focused on the nuts and bolts of army life, rather on a series of, basically, logic puzzles that Rahl has to solve using magic (traps, ambushes, cavalry charges, etc) without exhausting himself or getting his company killed. It's pretty fast-paced and mostly good fun - all the Recluce books are fairly clean, even when ...
  • Chris van Gorder
    I have been a fan of Mr. Modesitt for quite some time now, and he never fails to entertain me.In this closing book of a two-book series set in his recluce Reries, we see Rahl get deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Hamoran society, and more greatly puzzled as he goes along.I don't want to spoil some of the plot elements by discussing some of the events, so I won't mention them. But as usual, the ending is as spectacularly grand, and explosive...
  • David
    I liked this sequel to Natural Ordermage much better than I liked the previous book. In fact, I liked it better than many of Modesitt's books. The main character managed not to end or even endanger a major civilization, and he did not suffer horribly by the end of the book. He neither ended up immortal nor did he have to be rebuilt from the ground up because his body was shattered in a cataclysmic misadventure. I figure all of these count as good...
  • Chris
    I enjoyed it, but the book was unarguably longer (and slower) than it had to be. The gradual reveal of great things for young Rahl was so obvious, in light of what Modesitt has been with his heroes in other books, that I was impatient for it to happen already.There's an exploration of the relative importance of troops vs. mages, but this cannot be meaningful without more definition of exactly what a mage is (and where their power comes from, and ...
  • Bethany
    I have to say this is honestly my favorite book of all time. I own it on e-book, and hardback. I am even going to buy another copy just so I have it. As far as Sci-Fi and Fantasy goes it is one of the greatest works, and I could not imagine not reading this book at least once a year. Though I do like Natural Ordermage, this book is by far greater.
  • Lisa
    I love the world of Recluse and I did enjoy the entry into Hamor and its connection to Cyador. I liked it better than Natural Ordermage where the main character was more annoying than likeable. He has grown up in this book which is a good thing. The book is nothing spectactular just a fun visit back to Recluse.
  • Christian
    In this particular duology, Mr. Modesitt brings us to the continent of Hamor via Rahl, a natural ordermage that Recluce does not want to, or is unable to, train. Although the story is as interesting as most of the others in the Saga of Recluce and the battle scenes are well described, I found the pace of those two books to be fairly slow, even compared to some of the other novels.
  • Virginialee
    Mage-Guard of Hamor is a good follow-up to Natural Ordermage, and shows how Rahl is growing up, as well as improving his use of Order. While he stills get easily frustrated, he uses the lessons given him by Taryl to improve his skills, and discovers how much he's going to need them during the war to re-take Meroway back from the Emperor's brother.
  • Fredrick Danysh
    After killing corrupt merchants and pirates, Rahl is designated assistant envoy to Recluse to explain his actions and avoid war. Upon his return he is the assistant to the mage overcommander as they set out to help quell a rebellion in Hamor. There are many traitors within both the army and government and Rahl must constantly be on his guard gaining mage powers along the way.
  • Peter
    Another of the Recluse series, and sequel to Natural Ordermage. The story repeats themes from other books in the Recluce series, particularly military themes from the Cyador and White Order stories. Nonetheless, it's nice to get submerged in a different character, but the familiarity of the Recluce world. At heart it's essentially a love story, but doesn't suffer too much from that :o)
  • Michelleapril Bragg
    That everyone who is working toward something of value will be overhelmed at times. That those that wish to teach and mentor us will not always be kind or supportive, they wish for us to think and understand things on our own.