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The Death of Chaos [Hardcover]

L. E. Modesitt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 1995 Saga of Recluce
Settling down to a simple life as a carpenter, Lerris finds his hope for peace shattered when the distant Empire of Hamor sends an invading force that is determined to conquer the entire world, and Lerris is compelled to test his magical powers.

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Modesitt's entertaining fifth book in the Recluce fantasy series details the further adventures of the young wizard Lerris, protagonist of the 1991 series kickoff, The Magic of Recluce. Lerris, who narrates, is happily ensconsed in his carpentry shop and contentedly married to Krystal, a military leader, when he is called to employ his magical powers in battle against the forces of Hamor, an empire across the ocean. The stakes are bigger than simple national interest: in the Recluce universe, chaos and order must be balanced; if either disappears or dies, the world will be destroyed. This novel appeals not primarily for its grand fantasy themes, though, but for Modesitt's convincing treatment of the relationship between Lerris and Krystal?whose fear for, and envy of, her husband manifests as anger. Similarly, Lerris's confusion about why he is driven to heroism comes through clearly and convincingly. The cosmic conflict that fuels the story line is resolved by a deus ex machina, and those not familiar with the earlier series books may find some plot twists hard to follow. Modesitt's dialogue and, above all, character development have improved from earlier volumes, however, resulting in a fantasy whose roots are dug into the reality of human nature.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A power-hungry chaos wizard and the Emperor of Hamor threaten the safety of the fractious lands of Candar and draw the carpenter-wizard Lerris into another struggle to maintain the fragile balance between order and chaos. The sequel to The Magic of Recluce (St. Martin's, 1991) brings together a variety of dedicated wizards and warriors whose human struggles infuse their larger goal with poignancy and realism. Modesitt's leisurely narrative pace belies the steady buildup of tension in a fantasy that belongs in most libraries.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings April 3 2002
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I've notice this crazy trend with online reviews - raves with little explanation equal positive feedback from readers, and those that are critical receive quite low marks. Now tell me - those of us who are "well read" in the genre of science fiction and epic fantasy - can any of us really say that Modesitt is in the upper echelon of fantasy authors? Certainly not. Were there such a list though, men like Jordan, Martin, Tolkein, Rawn, and Jacques would be at the top. Their worlds are captivating, believable, with characters that DO rather than say, and you feel transported. Modesitt does have numerous redeeming qualities: a good magic system, interesting political commentary (moreso than most fantasy), and a penchant for making his heroes so mellow and modest. On the other hand, the meal scenes are intolerably long, slow, and frequent. There's a lot of inexplicable happenings - for example - why did Lerris and Krystal need to be bonded? In that area of the book - I reread the same 10 or 15 pages that SEEMED to be explaining, but I was baffled at to the apparent necessity. My theory - just so that we could have more lovey dialogue and a few situations where she could answer question he had thought and not spoken. At least there was more conflict than in previous books (the Magic Engineer was awful), and that perked my interest and saved me from many naps that otherwise would have been taken. I would caution anyone who has not read - this is SLOW stuff. There's nothing wrong with that if done right, but I can only safely say that the Recluce series gets it partially right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of the series!! (so far) Dec 23 2003
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In the Death of Chaos, the story of Lerris, Justen, Krystal, Tamra and the other exiles of recluce comes full circle. The story line was great, with lots of awesome battle scenes and crazy magic preformed by black, white, and gray wizards. The story culminates with Hamor attacking Candar and Recluce with a massive fleet of battleships and cannon.
Not only the story line makes this the best book in the series thus far. The characters are lovable and believable, while at the same time completely badass. The dialect and the relationships between characters in this book are very well thought out and realistic. The one thing that I thought Modesitt could use a little work on is his obsession with minute details, some of which don't really need to be included. I mean, he kinda turns a long story into an even longer book by included lots of information that isn't really pertinant to the storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series Aug. 19 2001
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This book is very interesting and a rewarding read. Having read the first 6 books of the series this has to be one of the best ones. The "inconsistencies" stated in some of the other reviews really aren't there at all. Lerris as well as Justen were GREY wizards (and you could make a case for Gunnar being one too). So there powers balance out since they use both chaos and order. As to Lerris' relatives, since Lerris pretty much destroyed all the order and chaos in the world they could not hold there ancient bodies together without order. All in all this is one of the best books I've ever read and is well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging, rewarding read..... June 5 2001
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The first book by Modesitt that I read was 'The Towers of the Sunset', and it took me months to finish it, when normally it would have taken me a few days. I thought it was so-so. I read another in the series after it, and thouroughly enjoyed it. When I came back to 'The Towers', I loved it. I only say this, because it seems a lot of the books in the series were like that. I missed the deeper picture. 'The Death of Chaos' is one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read. I found it to be thoughful, and insightful, and consistent. One of the points in the other reviews is the lack of consistency in that Lerris, the main character, is an order focus at a time of too much order. In Modesitt's world, magic is divided into Chaos and Order. These different aspects are always balanced. If there is too much Order, Chaos will start popping up in the form of White Chaos wizard foci. The fact is that he was a 'grey' wizard, with great power of the balance. He didn't tilt the scales either way, leaving the rules set by Modesitt intact. Another aspect of Modesitt that was hard to get used to was the style of his writing. He leaves much to the imagination, which once I got used to I found again to be highly rewarding. With his wit, and turn of phrase, Modesitt seems to show that almost every line in the book was written with care, to bring you to careening to the climatic ending. All in all one of the best books I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Not Quite Death Of Chaos. May 20 2001
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This book is great, it was such a quick read because I just didn't want to put it down. I would recommend it to everyone because, Modesitts world, is so vividly real. A few have the skills to master the power of Chaos, and a few have the skills to master the power of Order. Lerris is an Order Master, probably the most powerful to have lived yet, in the world of Recluce. He is happy to just be considered a Woodcrafter, but when a situation arises he goes into action using his Order abilities, which he likes to be very modest about. This book has definitely lived up to my expectations, since the first book ends with a statement that made me really want to read this book. I really liked the way Modesitt described the gruesome, Medieval-like battle scenes and Lerris' heroics. It was interesting reading about Lerris' newfound magical powers. Overall this was a great book. If you are interested in fantasy books this is for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn, but what about the Balance?
In the world of Recluce, a few have the skills to master the power of Chaos, and a few have the power to master the skills of Order. Read more
Published on May 14 2001 by James D. DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid book
This book really surprised me because the order war to me was so-so.It really broyght the series back for me and if you got 10 bucks you gotta buy it!
Published on Jan. 8 2001 by Omar Diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Distracting Inconsistencies
In the world of Recluce, a few have the skills to master the power of Chaos, and a few have the power to master the skills of Order. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2000 by Jim DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brevity and Levity - A Captivating Weave.
This book is one of the most exciting that I have ever read. Practically from the beginning to the end of this novel something significant is occuring. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2000 by Mark Lamont.
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW- blown away
This is, imho, the best of the series to this point. The wait for the return of lerris was more than worth it. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2000 by Mark Tiffany
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still very good
L.E. Modesitt's world is very rich and detailed, to the point of being burdening at times, but still very imaginative. Read more
Published on June 14 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Saga of Recluse book
This book has the same formula which has worked well in the previous books in the Recluse series, but in The Death of Chaos it seems to be getting a little tired. Read more
Published on May 8 1998 by cleverjake
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S GOOD!!!
Mr. Modesitt's "Death of Chaos" is A VERY GOOD BOOK, but I like no LOVE his "Magic of Recluce" better. =-)
Published on Nov. 27 1997
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