Books by Jr. Modesitt

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Williams College under the delusion that poetry was considered respectable and that fantasy and science fiction were not, a mistake he now attributes to youthful enthusiasm. He


HAZE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2009

"The Saint sections engage, but clever, coolly rational Haze/Dubiety lacks drama."
Independent science-fiction consciousness-raiser, from the versatile and dependable Modesitt (Imager, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
IMAGER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Slow to start and drearily didactic in places, but Modesitt's capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished."
The prolific Modesitt (Mage-Guard of Hamor, 2008, etc.) kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting—think Victorian times without the pollution. Read full book review >
VIEWPOINTS CRITICAL by Jr. Modesitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

First story collection from the prolific and versatile author of fantasy and science fiction (Natural Ordermage, 2007, etc.) comprising 19 entries, three previously unpublished. Read full book review >
THE ELYSIUM COMMISSION by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2007

"Some brisk action closes the proceedings, but otherwise, mediocre problems and solutions—our hero has little idea how to Google for information and spends most of his time asking his friends for gossip."
Far-future Mr. Fix-it gets into hot water—a familiar Modesitt (The Eternity Artifact, 2005, etc.) scenario here given a trudging workout. Read full book review >
THE ETERNITY ARTIFACT by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A must-read for Modesitt fans, as well as those of Jack McDevitt and Arthur C. Clarke."
Captivating far-future tale of life in space, from the author of Flash (2005). Read full book review >
FLASH by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues—great characters and plotting, impressive attention to detail—aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels."
Another political SF yarn set in the future world of Modesitt's superior Archform: Beauty (2002). Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, THREE VALENTINE’S DAY by Jr. Modesitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Back matter teaches how to make a hanging Valentine's Day heart. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Frequent collaborators Modesitt and Spowart (Little Bunny's Easter Surprise, 1999, etc.) team up for another holiday offering. Read full book review >
LEGACIES by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Solidly engrossing, if too dependent on luck and coincidence, with a robust and consistent backdrop: a satisfyingly self-contained inaugural volume that skillfully sets up the sequels."
Following his fine Archform: Beauty (p. 625), Modesitt kicks off a new series that, like the Recluce yarns, curiously but plausibly blends fantasy and SF. Read full book review >
ARCHFORM: BEAUTY by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2002

"Modesitt's always worth reading, but this may well be his best ever."
New SF from the versatile author of Ghost of the White Nights (2001), etc. By the 25th century, rising sea levels have drowned much of the eastern US. Read full book review >
GHOST OF THE WHITE NIGHTS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Another of Modesitt's alternate-world yarns where the US never cohered, and ghosts are not only real but the subject of scientific study (The Ghost of the Revelator, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SHADOW SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Soggy dialogue and paper-thin descriptive passages, hobbled further by Modesitt's annoying habit of noting little more about his characters than their all-too-numerous smiles, frowns, and facial grimaces."
A new triology extending, but not improving, Modesitt's well-regarded Spellsong Cycle (Darksong Rising, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OCTAGONAL RAVEN by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Dry and didactic, with frankly uninteresting characters: only the most patient, determined readers will follow through."
New science fiction from the author of the Recluce series, the Spellsong Cycle, Gravity Dreams (1999), etc. In the future, genetic enhancements and nanotechnology augmentations ("nanites") are available to anyone with the means to pay. Read full book review >
SHADOWSINGER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Fans will praise Modesitt for ringing down the curtain on Leidwahr."
Fifth and final volume of the Spellsong Cycle (The Shadow Sorceress, 2001, etc.)—a series based on wizardry emerging from music, with the Continent of Leidwahr being ruled, first by top singing-sorceress Anna, Protector of Defalk, then by her protégée Secca. Read full book review >
SCION OF CYADOR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

The 11th in Modesitt's Saga of Recluce fantasy series, this one conceptually and chronologically hard on the heels of Magi'i of Cyador (p. 344). Read full book review >
MAGI'I OF CYADOR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Or—since they're easier, cheaper, and more convenient to market than standalone books with new settings and ideas—do publishers encourage authors to write them?"
Magi'i Of Cyador ($27.95; Apr.; 544 pp.; 0-312-87226-7): Tenth installment of Modesitt's huge Saga of Recluce fantasy (Colors of Chaos, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
DARKSONG RISING by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2000

"Top-notch stuff: grab all three books before trilogy deteriorates into interminable series."
Darksong Rising ($27.95; Jan. 13; 512 pp.; 0-312-86822-7). Read full book review >
GRAVITY DREAMS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 1999

"A persuasive alternate socioeconomic system, solid personal growth, and memorably weird hyperspace - along with a disappointing plot and a so-so chat with an uninteresting god."
Independent new SF venture from the author of Colors of Chaos (Jan. 1999) etc. Read full book review >
LITTLE BUNNY'S EASTER SURPRISE by Jr. Modesitt
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The bunnies are shown against a palette of spring pastels in this calming, comfortable tale, which is just right for tucking into a basket or reading the day of the egg hunt. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The members of a rabbit family take turns being "Easter Bunny" for one another. Read full book review >
COLORS OF CHAOS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

"It's a pity, though, that the talented and versatile Modesitt didn't choose to write something new."
Doorstopper addition to Modesitt's already huge fantasy series exploring the struggle between White Chaos magic and Black Order magic on a planet colonized by survivors of a spaceship crash. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF THE REVELATOR by Jr. Modesitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Appealing characters, agreeably labyrinthine plotting, a fascinatingly detailed backdrop—and, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, ghosts."
Sequel to Of Tangible Ghosts (1994), Modesitt's intriguing, flavorsome alternate-world yarn where ghosts are real and America doesn't exist; instead, the continent is split among Columbia, Quebec, Deseret, and New France (some maps would have been useful); Europe is dominated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Adolph Hitler (under his real name) is the Empire's Ambassador to Japan; cars run on steam; computers are "difference engines," and you don't telephone, you "wire." Read full book review >
THE WHITE ORDER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1998

"A quality series that's settled into a pleasantly understated, modestly involving groove."
Another episode—the eighth so far—in Modesitt's continuing battle between White (Chaos) magic and Dark (Order) magic (most recently, The Chaos Balance, 1997). Read full book review >
THE SPELLSONG WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If there has to be a series, then this is an agreeable and worthwhile addition—much fresher and more tempting than Modesitt's unending Magic of Recluce yarns."
The inevitable, if unnecessary, sequel to Modesitt's fine music-magic feminist fantasy, The Soprano Sorceress (1997), with its appropriately Wagnerian backdrop. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS BALANCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles."
Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Read full book review >
THE ECOLITAN ENIGMA by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"An overcomplicated but mostly agreeable potboiler from the talented and versatile Modesitt (The Soprano Sorceress, 1997, etc.)."
Field agent Nathaniel Firstborn Whaler of Accord's Ecolitan Institute, having just rescued colleague Sylvia Ferro-Maine from the Earth Empire, is ordered to produce a report detailing the ecological development and economic infrastructure of the terraformed colony world Artos. Read full book review >
THE SOPRANO SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"Sequels are supererogatory; the publishers threaten them nonetheless."
A new fantasy from the versatile author of Adiamante (p. 1108), the Recluce series, etc. Here, blond, middle-aged soprano Anna Marshall finds herself whirled away from everyday Ames, Iowa, to another world in which the country of Defalk is threatened with invasion by evil Dark Monks from neighboring Ebra. Read full book review >
ADIAMANTE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though the cybs and their lifestyle remain somewhat diffuse, this is thoughtful, persuasive, challenging, absorbing work: Modesitt's best so far."
Far-future clash-of-empires yarn from the author of the Recluce fantasy series (most recently, Fall of Angels, p. 496) and The Parafaith War (1995), etc. Thousands of years ago, three types of humans lived on Old Earth: the draffs, or common people; cybs with their machine-enhanced bodies and senses; and the demis, whose godlike mental powers derived from various computer and energy nets. Read full book review >
FALL OF ANGELS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"The newcomers' story is recounted in the past tense, while the locals rejoice in a present-tense narrative: just one of the eccentricities in an often intriguing if fairly predictable installment."
A prequel to Modesitt's fantasy series about planet Recluce with its war between Order (black magic) and Chaos (white magic) Read full book review >
THE PARAFAITH WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers: dense, gritty, strong on technical detail if rather predictably plotted, and certainly worth a try for star-warrior types."
Far-future interstellar war yarn from the author of Of Tangible Ghosts (1994), etc. The planets of the Eco-Tech Coalition are under siege by the teeming, lower-tech, religious-fanatic Revenants of the Prophet. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF CHAOS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A rather maudlin installment, although by now fans should be familiar with Modesitt's constant, eccentric, and quite pointless switches in narrative voice and tense."
More than a century has passed since the action of The Order War (Jan. 1995), as Modesitt continues his struggle between Chaos (white magic) and Order (black magic). Read full book review >
LUNCH WITH MILLY by Jr. Modesitt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Without sharper, more concrete words and images, this flight of fancy never really takes off. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The young narrator invites Milly for lunch, but neglects to make dessert. Read full book review >
THE ORDER WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"After a plodding start, things soon pick up, and there's one major improvement: Modesitt has—finally- -ditched his auto-destructive present-tense narrative."
Another of Modesitt's yarns about the continuing struggle between black-magic Order and white-magic Chaos (The Magic Engineer, p. 104, etc.). Read full book review >
OF TANGIBLE GHOSTS by Jr. Modesitt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A fairly typical performance, then, alluring yet ultimately unsatisfying."
Modesitt switches back to science fiction after his fantasy trilogy about the kingdom of Recluce (The Magic Engineer, p. 103, etc.), introducing an initially intriguing alternate world that is comparable in development to ours but has a substantially different history—and where ghosts are real. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC ENGINEER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"In sum, another uneven installment, sometimes engaging, often frustrating, with interesting inversions and sidelights; and, the worst distraction of all, set forth in an ultimately self-destructive present tense."
Third in Modesitt's series (The Magic of Recluce, 1991; The Towers of the Sunset, 1992) about the island kingdom of Recluce, and the incessant tensions between Chaos (white magic) and Order (black magic). Read full book review >
THE TOWERS OF THE SUNSET by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A ``prequel'' to The Magic of Recluse (1991), this sometimes engaging, more often frustrating novel details the founding of the island-kingdom of Recluce. Read full book review >
THE GREEN PROGRESSION by Jr. Modesitt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The truly ingenious plot and the clever effort to put bureaucratic Washington under harsh light are largely undone by a Consumer Reports writing style."
Consultants to a Washington law firm take on the Soviets who plan to sap America's military strength through the encouragement of excessive environmentalism—a first collaboration from Modesitt (The Magic of Recluce, p. 510) and newcomer Levinson, an environmental consultant. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF RECLUCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 1991

"Modesitt also avoids the simple equation of order with good and chaos with evil—in Lerris's world, as in ours, a good balance is the best formula—and this more mature insight distinguishes his novel from the run-of-the-mill fantasies."
Modesitt's first venture into fantasy (and hard-cover) is an interesting variation on some traditional fantasy themes, with a touch of his own science-fictional outlook. Read full book review >