Tor, Nov 2002, 27.95, 560 pp.
On a remote sheep farm in Corus, herder Alucius grows up in relative isolation as his mother and grandparents do not want the ruling bodies to use the lad's Talent. Instead he learns to hide his skills, using them only to augur any danger to his family or the sheep.
Alucius' pastoral life ends when the Militia drafts him. Not wanting to repeat what happened to his father who died fighting for the Militia, Alucius serendipitously uses his Talent to study auras in order to stay alive. However, in spite of his skill, the enemy invaders from Madrien capture him and place him in bondage. Though somewhat muted in his environs, Alucius applies the Talent to survive.
The introductory novel to the latest epic fantasy from L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a great start to what looks like will be a tremendous series. This book is not a throw away though the inviting story line provides a strong look at the cast, especially Alucius while containing weird creatures and a world that seems very mystical yet genuine. It is the global environment that makes LEGACIES a triumphant opening gamut that will send fans of the author and new readers into a frenzy for the next novel. With the Talent of Mr. Modesitt, Jr. fans will anticipate even greater insight yet filled with non-stop action and excitement as the audience explores the intricacies of the Corean Chronicles.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner