This is newest novel in the bestselling "Saga of Recluce" series and is the latest addition to
Modesitt's intelligent fantasy series about the planet of Recluce and its warring Order and
Chaos magic. In this latest work we find that the "angels" led by Ryba, surrounded by
aggressive macho cultures, have developed a tight, clean and orderly but oppressive feminist
dictatorship. Nylan can no longer tolerate being used by Ryba as a stud and a source of new
weapons, so he departs with his son Weryl and his lover, the healer and singer Ayrlyn. But the
male-dominated, expansionist empire of Cyador, with its unmatchable Chaos magic, must still
be restrained; and so Nylan agrees - although somewhat reluctantly - to help the primitive
beasts of Lornth.
Sound heavy? You better believe it! This maybe an impressive series, but a bit heavy for
those who like a more light-hearted or thrilling fantasy read. This is not the best of the series
and tends to get bogged down somewhat half-way through. However, the ending does pick up
the pace and is worth getting to. There's better fantasy out there, but still, Modesitt has many
fans and this work is certainly entertaining.