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The Mage-Fire War by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Beltur and Jessyla have now been made the councillors of Haven along with their companions and have been charged with getting it under control as it has been essentially lawless for a few years at this stage. However they find that there are bigger forces at play and find themselves caught up in a war …

The Magic Engineer by L.E. Modesitt Jr

One of my favourite Modesitt books. This is the third book published of the Recluce Saga and is within the central/later timeline as the series covers roughly two thousand years of history. It is a standalone though there is a later companion duology that covers some of the same story from the ‘bad’ guys viewpoint. …

Outcasts of Order by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Update March 2021: Not too much more to add here except that again I absolutely loved the mundaneness of it all. There’s basically zero action or conflict, apart from a very few minor incidences and a whole lot of fairly polite backstabbing and vindictiveness, it was great! Jessyla is also fairly rounded out considering we …

The Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Update March 2021: Beltur is actually pretty interesting for Modesitt as he is not quite as determined at the start as his other protagonists. The only one that comes close is Lerris, but Beltur isn’t even disaffected, he’s happy out generally in his life and if it wasn’t for events forcing him to change he …