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Cyador's Heirs
Saga of Recluce (Volume 17)
by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Tor, $8.99, 736pp
Published: March 2015

(cover)Decades after the fall of Cyador, its survivors have reestablished themselves in Cigoerne, a fertile country coveted by hostile neighbors in less hospitable lands. Young Lerial, the second son of Duke Kiedron, lives in the shadow of his older brother Lephi, the heir to their father's realm. Lerial's future seems preordained: He will one day command his brother's forces in defense of Cigoerne, serving at his older sibling's pleasure, and no more.

But when Lerial is sent abroad to be fostered by Major Altyrn to learn the skills and wisdom he will need to fulfill his future duties, he begins a journey into a much larger world that brings out his true potential. Lerial has talents that few, as yet, suspect: He is one of those rare beings who can harness both Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape the world and define the magic that exists within it. And as war finally engulfs the fringes of Cigoerne, Lerial's growing mastery of Order and Chaos is tested to its limits, and his own.

I have read most of the Saga of Recluce series. I have enjoyed all of them, just as much as this one. Cyador Heirs is a coming of age for the young second son (Lerial) of Duke Kiedron. Trying to hide his talents as well as learning to control Order and Chaos powers.  Lerial is putting his life on the line as well as those of the troops’ under this command by trial and error.

If you read this volume, you should read the next book in the Saga of Recluce series, Heritage of Cyador (Volume 18) which continues the story line with Lerial – click here for review. ~~ CLD

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