The first book of the Corean Chronicles
One of the towering creators of contemporary fantasy fiction takes
us to a new land of wonders. The Corean Chronicles begin with
Legacies, a grand new fantasy novel in which L. E. Modesitt, Jr.,
author of the bestselling Recluce fantasy series and the popular
Spellsong Cycle, opens the door into a marvelous new world.
Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great
worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations
have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos,
knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details
of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of
humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It
is a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are talented
enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.
Although born into a successful herder family, Alusius never knew
his father, who was killed in action while serving in the Militia.
So he is raised on a Nightsheep ranch by his mother and
grandparents, and schooled at home. As a child, he shows very
strong Talent. He is warned gravely that he must never reveal this
outside the home lest he spend his life in servitude to some rich
and powerful person. But as he grows to young manhood, Alusius must
serve in the Militia like his father before him. When his country
is invaded by the slave armies of The Matrial, an immortal ruler in
a nearby land, Alusius is captured and enslaved.
A time of changes has come upon all of the world of Corus. If the
evil surrounding The Matrial is not brought to an end, those
changes will not be happy ones. Gradually, Alusius realizes that he
and his Talent have a central role to play.