Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 512 pages, 3.59 × 2.52 × 0.42 in
Published: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765374005
ISBN - 13: 9780765374004
From the Publisher
The saga of Recluce continues In L. E. Modesitt's "The Magic
Engineer, " we return to the magical island of Recluce, where
Dorrin, a young scion of the Order magicians, is interested in
forbidden knowledge, in the working of machines. Promising,
intelligent, but determined to follow his passion for scientific
knowledge, Dorrin can invent machines. He is the Leonardo da Vinci
of his age, but his insights violate the rules of the Order magic
of Recluce. Now he must go into exile in the lands of Chaos to
pursue his dangerous inventions.
Yet Darrin remains loyal to the idea of Order, and is tortured by
the knowledge that to preserve it he must constantly create new
devices for war. For the forces of the Chaos wizards are moving
across the land, devouring whole countries and creating an
empire--and their ultimate goal is the destruction of Recluce.
About the Author
Leland Exton Modesitt, Jr., was born on October 19, 1943 in Denver to Leland Exton and Nancy Lila Modesitt. He was educated at Williams College and earned a graduate degree from the University of Denver. Modesitt's career has included stints as a navy lieutenant, a market research analyst, and a real estate sales associate. He has also held various positions within the U.S. government as a legislative assistant and as director of several agencies. In the early 1980s, he was a lecturer in science fiction writing at Georgetown University. After graduation, Modesitt began to write, but he did not have a novel published until he was 39 years old. He believes that a writer must "simultaneously entertain, educate and inspire... [failing any one of these goals], the book will fall flat." A part-time writer, he produces an average of one book per year, but he would eventually like to write full-time. The underlying themes of many of his science fiction novels are drawn from his work in government work and involve the various aspects of power and how it changes the people and the structure of government. Usually, his protagonist is an average individual with hero potential. Much of his "Forever Hero Trilogy"--Dawn for a Distant Earth, The Silent Warrior, and In Endless Twilight--is based on his experiences working with the Environmental Protection Agency. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 with his title Princeps.