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L E Modesitt Jr

(Leland Exton Modesitt, Jr.)
USA flag (b.1943)

L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer and writer in residence.
In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first short story, "The Great American Economy", was published in 1973 in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. 

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Timegods' World
   1. The Fires of Paratime (1982)
     aka The Timegod
   2. Timediver's Dawn (1992)
Imager Portfolio
   1. Imager (2009)
   2. Imager's Challenge (2009)
   3. Imager's Intrigue (2010)
   4. Scholar (2011)
   5. Princeps (2012)
   6. Imager's Battalion (2013)
   7. Antiagon Fire (2013)
   8. Rex Regis (2014)
   9. Madness in Solidar (2015)
   10. Treachery's Tools (2016)
   11. Assassin's Price (2017)
   12. Endgames (2019)
Grand Illusion
   1. Isolate (2021)
   2. Councilor (2022)
   3. Contrarian (2023)
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : The Magic of Recluce

L E Modesitt Jr recommends
The Unicorn War (1995)
(Unicorn Quest, book 5)
John Lee
"In The Unicorn War--the concluding volume of his Unicorn series--John Lee provides not only an entertaining and intricate tale filled with battles, love, death, intrigue, and magic, but a story filled with insights about people. Both sides in the conflict have heroes and villains, and all too human motivations."
Elantris (2005)
(Elantris, book 1)
Brandon Sanderson
"While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well."
Lamentation (2009)
(Psalms of Isaak, book 1)
Ken Scholes
"Ken Scholes' Lamentation is a whale of a first novel, set in a world where technological magic has come and gone, and come again, where organized religion has attempted to recover and restore lost knowledge, if with a certain amount of censorship, where no one is quite what they seem, and where parental ambitions for offspring are filled with deep love and sacrifices, along with double double-crosses, conflicting motives, and tragedy."
Servant (2009)
(Dark God, book 1)
John D Brown
"In Servant of a Dark God, John Brown has created a complex and intricate world, filled with all the permutations of human good and evil, as well as evil that goes beyond the human, where neither heroes nor villains are quite what they seem at first, and where the cost of virtue is high indeed, yet where, in the end, the tenacity of such virtue is what is required to triumph."
The River Kings' Road (2010)
(Ithelas, book 1)
Liane Merciel
"Intriguingly twisted tale of treachery and magic."
The Desert of Souls (2011)
(Dabir and Asim, book 1)
Howard Andrew Jones
"An entertaining and enjoyable journey into a world of djinns and magic far darker than expected, yet one that ends with hope, both for the characters... and that there will be yet another book."
The Kassa Gambit (2013)
M C Planck
"Thriller, political novel, and space opera all rolled into one."
The Emperor's Blades (2013)
(Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, book 1)
Brian Staveley
"A complex and fast-moving fantasy set in a world where treachery and intrigue are everywhere, accomplished through ferocious brutality and subtle intrigues, and everything in between, and where no one is what he or she seems, including the three children of the slain emperor of Annur, who seek who is behind the assassination if they can even survive a world where powers of all sorts, some dating back millennia, if not longer, seek their own ends, and where everyone's motives are anything but obvious."
American Craftsmen (2014)
(American Craftsman, book 1)
Tom Doyle
"Tom Doyle's American Craftsmen is a fast-moving and intriguing novel that incorporates features of combat fantasy, special-operations, alternative history, block ops, and even a touch of romance into a seamless action tapestry offering a far richer read than most action adventures without sacrificing either action or speed."
The Ruin of Kings (2019)
(Chorus of Dragons, book 1)
Jenn Lyons
"A fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world."
The Freedom Race (2021)
(Dreambird Chronicles, book 1)
Lucinda Roy
"American magic-realism meets the outcome of the Second U.S. Civil War in a well-told, but brutally jolting, strangely prescient, and soul-haunting narrative."

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