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Natural Ordermage (Saga of Recluce) by L.E. Modesitt
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318138
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The empire of Hamor is a relatively unknown land in the Saga of Recluce. Hamorian traders and military have been drawn into many of the major conflicts facing Candor, all the way back to the time of Cyador. In the duology centered around Kharl, there was a brief scene in a Hamorian port. Now for the first time Hamor is explored in depth.

Rahl grew up near Land's End as an apprentice scrivener. He is more talented than he knows. Things seem to be fine; he has a future, opportunities, and even a few potential consorts. When he stumbles across a smuggler's plot, a series of events are started that will push him from his home and comfortable life. He will travel to Nylan to see if he can fit in there and eventually to far off Hamor where he is once again placed at risk but offered new opportunities to grow and learn to use his talents.

From official release/information:

Book Description: L.E. Modesitt, Jr. begins a new Recluce story in Natural Ordermage, the first of two volumes set mostly on the continent of Hamor, far across the sea from Recluce where the story begins, a new setting for this series that fans will be eager to explore.

Rahl, a young apprentice scrivener on the island of Recluce, likes life to work out in his favor. To make sure things go his way, he uses a small amount of order magic in opportunistic moments, but his abilities are starting to get the attention of the Council magisters. He's not like other ordermages, the same rules don't seem to apply to his magic. And he has a bad attitude too. It gets him sent to the mages' training school for testing, and then banishment to Hamor, where his learning continues under dangerous circumstances.

During Rahl's exile in Hamor, working in the Ordermage Council's import and export business, his powers increase--and so does the amount of trouble he can get into. Welcome to the fantasy world of L.E. Modesitt, where the adventure is just beginning.

(Source: Tor)

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