When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released —and his wife executed for the murder, which she did not commit. My first thought, upon seeing , was that Modesitt looked like a Jordan clone. He took a This review was written in 2004. Kharl's life has been always been as ordered and dependable as the barrels he makes. After reclaiming the lamp, he started up the steps to the quarters above the cooperage. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released —and his wife executed for the murder, which she did not commit.
New readers should feel comfortable in Modesitt's world, where chaos and order reign in delicate balance, while series fans will welcome this return to familiar ground. Then, in a shocking turnaround at the trial, his innocent consort is blamed for the killing and quickly executed. I hope we return to Kharl's story have not looked ahead to the next book to see if it follows this one closely in internal chronology because it seems he has unfinished business with his sons, Jena, and Egen. Deal with raiders, and invaders, and brigands, and mages. I liked that Kharl was older, if still searching for some kind of purpose and meaning. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer -- a young expatriate mage -- from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. He is married and has 2 sons and his own cooperage next door to a scrivner.
He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u L. New readers should feel comfortable in Modesitt's world, where chaos and order reign in delicate balance, while series fans will welcome this return to familiar ground. They might even have been guilty. Maybe that's just his style, but I'm thinking that the roughness doesn't add charm or anything else to his books, and if he could smooth them, the flow of the whole book would just zip along delightfully. Creslin 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. He closed the washroom door and began to wash, enjoying the faint rose scent that came from the petals in the soap.
I enjoyed Kharl's learning process, and I had fun revisiting such familiar waters. He suffers from all the usual problems of a well settled man, teenage sons with issues, a wife pushing him along to improve the business, the daily struggle of providing for his family. He moved to the far side of the loading dock and swept up the cudgel in his left hand, then, leaving the lamp behind, eased the door open. The trials of the hero character were authentic and painful to endure as a reader at times. It seemed like there was less whining than in some of the books, and more action.
As such, it may read as less exciting or memorable than other Recluce novels, but I found it satisfying in its own right. However, I have had this book on my wishlist for a long time and it arrived for Christmans thanks Mom so I decided to dive right in. Modesitt gives plenty of good examples as Kharl makes his way in a hard world. The main character is better developed and is more sympathetic. . Two men held the girl, a thin figure with dark ringlets over a green summer blouse.
But in the course of just a few days, it's all staved in. He looked back to the north. I need to want to be comforted by the inevitable ending that I know is coming. Just a pair of youngsters thought they were men, drinking too much for ones so young. Another standard entry for Modesitt, similar story line from all the other books.
For all her virtues, Charee lacked one — that of circumspection. More mature than your normal fantasy hero, and more set in his ways, Kharl is a simple m This may be the best book Modesitt's released in the last five years or so, but I wouldn't call it the best of the Recluce series. It seemed like there was less whining than in some of the books, and more action. Lowering his eyes, the cooper glanced at the five barrels in his display, all tight cooperage from the best white oak, ranging from the hogshead to the standard barrel and down to the quarter barrel and the fine-finished fifth barrel with the brass spigot, used by anyone who wanted to store and dispense expensive liquids, mostly spirits. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler.
The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill. His trouble begins when he saves saves a rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer —a young expatriate mage —from Recluce. Kharl ends up on the run, taking the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. As with all his books, this one fits seamlessly into the greater story of history and legends that make up the Recluse world. I must say that the way he jumps from across periods of time from book to book has infuriated me throughout the series, but I can't seem to put my finger on a time frame in relation to the other books in the series for this one.