For over a thousand years, Order and Chaos have molded the island of Recluce. The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world through eighteen books, L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s longest and bestselling fantasy series. Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce collects seventeen new short stories and four popular reprints spanning the thousand-year history of Recluce. First-time audiences will gain a glimpse of the fascinating world and its complex magic system, while longtime fans of the series will be treated to glimpses into the history of the world. Modesitt's essay "Behind the 'Magic' of Recluce" gives insight into his thoughts on developing the magical system that rules the Island of Recluce and its surrounding lands, while "The Vice Marshal's Trial" takes the listener back to the first colonists on Recluce. Old favorites, such as "Black Ordermage" and "The Stranger," stand side-by-side with thrilling new stories.