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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Hc) (Sept. 15 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312857217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312857219
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,213,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Georgiadis on 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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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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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. It's evident from the more recent books involving Chaos masters that neither Chaos nor Order is intrinsically good or evil; it's the use those masters make of those forces.
We know from _The Order War_, _Fall of Angels_ and _The Chaos Balance_ that at deep and fundamental levels, Order and Chaos are balanced, and that an increase in either triggers an increase in the other. The entrenched Order of Recluce helped power Fairhaven in _The Order War_ . The Chaos on the continent of Candar in _The Magic of Recluce_ fed the white wizards.
And we know from _The Order War_ that Lerris' uncle, Justen, greatly reduced the forces of Chaos by annihilating Fairhaven and the core of white wizards who lived there sometime before Lerris was born. Under the Balance, the power of Order necessarily declined, too. The Mighty Ten became the less mighty three.
Yet in _The Death of Chaos_, we surely have in the mature Lerris surely the most powerful Order Master that Recluce has produced. More than any of the extraordinarily powerful Order Masters of the past, Lerris changes the world. His are, quite literally, Apocalyptic powers. So, under Modesitt's carefully crafted rules, where does this power come from? Where is the Chaos that permits Lerris to have such power? We know about Chaos focuses; what causes Lerris, in a time when there are a significant number of other Order Masters (his father, his uncle and his aunt, to name three), to have such world-changing powers? If there is such a thing as an "Order focus," why does it exist in Lerris? His father and uncle, remember, destroyed Fairhaven.
It's a question Modesitt doesn't explain or even acknowledge.
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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. It's evident from the more recent books involving Chaos masters that neither Chaos nor Order is intrinsically good or evil; it's the use those master make of those forces.
More, we know from The Order War, Fall of Angels and The Chaos Balance that at deep and fundamental levels, Order and Chaos are balanced, and that an increase in either triggers an increase in the other. The entrenched Order of Recluce powered Fairhaven. The Chaos on the continent of Candar in The Magic of Recluce fed the white wizards.
And we know from The Order War that Lerris' uncle, Justen, greatly reduced the forces of Chaos by annihilating Fairhaven and the core of white wizards who lived there sometime before Lerris was born. Under the Balance, the power of Order necessarily declined, too. The Mighty Ten became the less mighty three.
Yet in The Death of Chaos, we surely have in the mature Lerris the most powerful Order Master that Recluce has produced. More than any of the extraordinarily powerful Order Masters of the past, Lerris changes the world. His are, quite literally, Apocalyptic powers. So, under Modesitt's carefully crafted rules, where does this power come from? We know about Chaos focuses; what causes Lerris, in a time when there are a significant number of other Order Masters (his father, his uncle and his aunt, to name three), to have such world-changing powers? If there is such a thing as an "Order focus," why does it exist in Lerris? His father and uncle, remember, destroyed Fairhaven.
It's a question Modesitt doesn't explain or even acknowledge. While The Death of Chaos clearly calls for a sequel (What will Hamor do next?
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