It’s official now. The fourth book about Alyiakal — Last of the First — is completed and in Tor’s hands. I’d originally thought that I could finish Alyiakal’s story in three books, but it took four, given that Tor wouldn’t have been all that happy with three 750 page books. And if you’re counting, Last of the First is my eighty-fifth novel, but because of various publishing oddities, including omnibus volumes, there are at least 92 different titles involving those eighty-five books, in English, that is.

I’m also working on a story for a kickstarter anthology (Last-Ditch) from small-press Zombies Need Brains. In that anthology, all the stories feature protagonists who are the last-ditch hope for stopping the force or forces that will bring disaster.

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  1. Timothy Yablonsky says:

    Wonderful news!I just finished the Mage Fire War and started Fairhaven Rising. Looking forward to more stories from Cyador! After you usually finish a book, or a storyline involving more than one, do you typically take time off from writing? Do you know what your next book project is at this point?

    1. I take a little time — usually a week or two — but this time I took off a little longer. Usually, I know what the next book will be about, but not always. Right now, I’m working out something, but I’m not ready to say what it is. That’s because, every once in a while, I discover that something I thought would work turns out not to be workable, at least for me.

  2. Brian says:

    750 pages actually sounds great! But I defer to your (and I guess Tor’s) wisdom. I can’t wait to start reading this new saga!

  3. Wine Guy says:

    Considering Tor’s rather elongated publishing schedule, it might be some time before we see the books. The first of these four isn’t out until Jan 2024.

  4. Alecia Flores says:

    I’ve just finished rereading the Grand Illusion books, & the 3rd books ends almost on a cliff-hanger. Have you any update on when number 4 will be out?

    1. My next four books are Recluce novels. I’m still working on what the book after those will be. If I do write another Grand Illusions novel, it won’t be an immediate sequel to Contrarian. As in real life, Dekkard isn’t facing any immediate large challenges or problems, and to twist the entire structure of Guldor for the sake of gratuitous action isn’t what I do. If… if… there is another book about Steffan and Avraal, it will have to be set farther in their future.

      1. Laura Akers says:

        I just finished Contrarian and thought you wrapped it all up quite nicely, although I hope we’ll get to spend more time with them again someday. The degree of mundane details about their daily lives creates an interesting form of immersion, beyond the usual “lost in a story” experience, where I find it takes me several days to stop wondering which lunch Steffan will choose next, etc. Thanks for the fun trilogy.

        1. richard mauran says:

          I also just finished up Contrarian.
          I thought you might find it amusing that my well read wife HATES SF&F, but I got her to “try” Grand Illusion. She was immediately “hooked” and is now starting Contrarian.

  5. Irene says:

    I would love to read prequel novels to the Grand Illusion. Maybe set in the time of the Scarlet Daughter or the Silent Revolution.

    1. Alecia Flores says:

      Darn – I was looking forward to the introductions of the ‘Working Women’ & the ‘fair pay for women’ bills. And there was also the problem of the death of Jens which was sort of hanging in the wind, whodunnit??

    2. DJ says:

      What a great idea! Or even a story about Aavrals life as a young woman and her struggles. Or Deckard struggling with the fact he isn’t going to be an Artisan. I’d definitely take a short story or novella over nothing at anll. Even an “Epilogue” type story because obviously the next full book would be “ Premier”!

  6. John says:

    It is an impressive burst of productivity that you have finished the 4th book in a (sub-)series before the 1st book in the series is even published. I am looking forward to reading it.
    Thank you,


  7. Jonathan says:

    Thank you so much for all of your work! I have been reading your books for close to 30 years and LOVE RECLUCE!!!

    Please never stop writing your fans here love you!

  8. Jin says:

    Surprise surprise! Your books are featured on Humble Bundle. 36 books. I bought the full bundle as I’ve lost many of my Recluce books over the years (many many moves, sometimes halfway around the world, natural disasters followed by mold… not fun). I also get to own some of the books I read through libraries. Time to re-read the series, I guess, this time in chronological order.

    Thank you, and stay healthy!

  9. Nick Gustafson says:

    I’m beyond excited! Thank you so much for writing these four books! I’ve been reading everything you have written for the last twenty years.

  10. Richard Mauran says:

    Be advised that I find your writing “frustrating”.
    I have about 150 authors on my spreadsheet of writers since retirement in 2006 (many more prior to that). I have been reading you for decades, everything you have written. At 76 I find your publication schedule frustrating because one becomes aware of personal mortality, and I hate the idea that I will miss any of the products of your astounding mind that so relax, educate and addict me.

    FYI, In my life I have attended “Univ. of 7 seas” on full scholarship, graduated summa cum laude from ASU, been subsequently drafted to Vietnam where I survived by surrounding myself with the best as I managed to be among 18% of volunteers who graduated from ranger school in those days (1st from MACV Recondo School, DaNang). I went on to a career as an accomplished teacher and measurably (morale/student achievement improvement) successful school principal where my own writing skills earned over $5 million in competitive grants for my elementary school…
    And yeah, some disappointments, sadness and failures along the way. I say that only to substantiate that my major life regret is that I write “essays” quite well, but have never been able to create the fiction artistry that you accomplish, but do have enough life and literary competence to judge your writing first among greats I have read (including Dante and Machivelli, Asimov and Cherryh, McCaffery and Silverberg). You entertain me immeasurably. You educate me in philosophy, sociology, politics, economics and more. And I thank you.

    1. Thank you. I do appreciate your words on my writing.

      1. Richard Mauran says:

        I have found in life that there are always many quick to jump in with negatives and anger, and far too few who will offer praise where it is deserved. I am sure you get plenty of praise from those you make money for, but I have enough of an ego of my own to know that positives from actual readers is a deserved reward.

        1. You’re absolutely right about that.

  11. Jason Schultz says:


    I am a great fan of your work and reread them all the time.

    If you don’t mind a question you probably get a lot, what would you suggest for a first-time writer on getting a work looked at?

    No worries if you hate answering this question. 🙂

    1. There’s no quick or simple answer to your question. First, it depends on what the “work” is. If it’s a short story, there are magazines that will read unagented manuscripts, but you might not get more than a form rejection letter/email. If you’re trying to sell a novel, many traditional publishers won’t look at a work unless submitted by an agent, and those publishers who do can take a long time to reply, which is why it can help to get an agent. Agents vary in quality and ability, but finding one can be difficult. Most important, steer away from any “agent” or “publisher” who wants money from you.

      Another way to get someone to look at your work is to attend a reputable writing workshop and get helpful criticism/suggestions there. Some colleges offer courses in creative writing, but those vary greatly in quality. Another avenue is to attend F&SF conventions and take in the panels on writing and publishing. At the larger conventions, there are chances to meet editors and or agents. Some writers have found writing groups to be helpful, but how helpful depends on the writer and the writing group.

      These are just quick suggestions. An in-depth answer could take pages.

      1. Jason Schultz says:

        Thank you! That was way more than I knew before.

        I have spent a long time on the other side of books, 28 years as a high school English teacher and avid reader.

        I have been toying with the idea of trying to write for a few years and finally thought – ‘if not now, when?’.

        So, again, thank you for replying, and for the past 30 years of awesome stories to read.

        The first book of yours I read was The Magic of Recluse when it first came out and I have been hooked on your many worlds and characters since.


        Jason Schultz

  12. James Lambert says:

    Mr. Modesitt,

    I’m so excited to look forward to FOUR new Recluce books! And I love that you are going back to tell the story of a legendary character from a previous go-round. That is something you do so well! You are “the master of founding myths.”

    If I could see you tie up one more loose end with the Recluce world… it would be something to do with the Druids. They are probably the most mysterious element in the world, especially since you were mysterious with their names. I would like to see more of the dots connected from Fall of Angels to Towers of Sunset to the Justen days.

    Second request after that would be a little sci-fi series that was a real, honest to goodness tie-in with Recluce and Fall of Angels. Give us Sybra! Give us space war between the Angels and the Rats! That would be so awesome.

    I am a huge fan of your science fiction. Been hyping it on Facebook groups lately. Adiamante, Haze, Hammer of Darkness, Quantum Shadows all so good. I love the way you can make an endearing, fascinating world / universe all for a single book / sci-fi story.

    But yeah, top two requests: 1) Druids; 2) Recluce Sci-Fi tie-in leading to the stranding of one or both sides we know and love. 🙂

    Also, someone needs to put together a Modesitt encyclopedia, dad gummit. I remember everything vaguely, but not encyclopedically.

    Thank you, sir, you are amazing!

    1. Thank you. At present, I’m working on something else, but after that I don’t know for certain. I appreciate your suggestions.

      1. James Lambert says:

        Something else we need is Recluce Tales Part 2!

        I am re-reading Tales now. Which is fun because I only ever read it once so it’s re-discovery.

        Question you may or may not want to answer: in the Alyiakal books, do you explore the eastern peoples and their origins at all? In the Vice Marshall’s Trial, Kiedral thinks they probably came from another shipwreck. I had forgotten that.

        1. Anything I say, one way or the other, would be a spoiler. So I’ll have to leave your question unanswered.

  13. Darcherd says:

    If you’re looking for other story ideas, I just finished re-reading about Rahl in Natural Ordermage and Mage Guard of Hamor. It seems like you left the stage set for Rahl to eventually succeed as Emperor of Hamor…just sayin’.

  14. Philip says:

    I just want to thank you again. These books have been special to me for most of my life. I’d say I’ve read 60 or so of yours, and some many times. And in the coming of age of several different characters I learned lessons that helped me grow up and continue to learn, an influence I’ve lacked in my life.

    Thank you. Your writing has really meant something to me. I wish you well.

  15. H. Fraser says:

    I like your Imager series best with Corean next and some volumes of Recluse third…but I have read everything in Recluse. And, I applaud you and appreciate all the work you have put in over the years to keep us entertained and enlightened with some pithy insights now and again. Good fortune in the future. Looking forward to the new Recluse books.

  16. Jim E says:

    I have enjoyed your books for years and often return to them. Like everyone else, I am excited for the new series. Thanks for sharing your imagination and craft!

  17. Dave B. says:

    I just finished FROM THE FOREST early this afternoon. I’d wish I didn’t have to wait a year for the release of the next of the Recluce series. I think I’ll live however. More than that they were written by the same guy, does it seem to you that there’s a marked resemblance between it and some of your Imager series?

    Also, I’m just a bit curious: do you ride? You seem to have a particular appreciation for horses.

    1. I have ridden a limited amount, but I’m not what you’d call a rider. However, a number of our friends are definitely riders, particularly the rancher who was a competitive and winning barrel racer into her sixties, who also had a prize-winning English shire team for years, and I’ve used every opportunity to pick the brains of those who know horses far better than I do.

  18. Mike casassa says:

    Just started reading From The Forest, and have to ask, has Alyiakal been featured in another recluse novel? This book feels so very familiar, in particularly where Alyiakal meets the forest girl and her house in the forest. I am not complaining, as I love reading your novels. Perhaps this is just an example of dejavu, or early onset dementia… In any case, please keep writing!!! thank you.

    1. Parts of the first few chapters of From the Forest appeared as a short story in Recluce Tales. There are also a few brief mentions of Alyiakal in Magi’i of Cyador and Scion of Cyador. So it’s likely neither dementia nor deja vu.

      1. Sean says:

        I agreed that From the Forest seemed very familiar. Knowing that first part was also in Recluce Tales makes so much more sense. Enjoying From the Forest immensely.

  19. Jamie Moffat says:

    I am so sad that From the Forest isn’t 200 pages longer. And totally blown away that the next 3 are already complete!

    85 books. You are a champ.

    Thank you for your amazing work.

  20. James Lambert says:

    I’m happy to be reading From The Forest! Bought the hardback to support my favorite author.

    But I don’t really have room for a full hardback collection. So my plan now is – read the next two from the library as soon as I can when they come out. Buy the paperbacks later. Then buy the 4th one in hardback when it comes out.

    I have a mixed collection hard and paper of all the Recluce novels. And a bunch of the sci-fi and other fantasy in paper. I have yet to jump into imager or the other new series. But I’m a huge fan of Recluce, all the sci fi, and the shorter fantasy. Love the Correan Chronicles in particular too. Maybe that’s what I will re-read during these waiting times!

  21. Robert says:

    Good afternoon sir, I have 2 questions for you; do you have any idea when the saga will end? Would you advise reading in chronological or publication order?


    1. At present I don’t know when the Recluce Saga will end, but I have left instructions that no one else gets to play in my sandboxes. Right now, you can count on three more books, because they’re completed and turned in.

      The order you read them in depends on you. Some people like strict chronological order; others prefer the order in which I wrote them. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter that much, so long as you start with the first book about each protagonist.

  22. David says:

    You, sir, are a tireless writer, that’s for sure. And I thank you for all the incredible stories so far.

    Any chance there’s a new trilogy, maybe set in the period when the Hamor Empire was born and the Mage Guards founded?


    1. Currently I’m working on a novel in The Grand Illusion series. After that, we’ll have to see.

      1. That makes me very happy! I was hoping you’d return to The Grand Illusion. Likewise, I’m happy there will be three more books about Alyiakal. Thank you for all the great books.

      2. Laura Akers says:

        Oh, that’s exactly why I returned to this post today, to see if you had any more plans for The Grand Illusion, and how happy I am to see this! Thanks for the update!

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