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The Chaos Balance Hardcover – September, 1997

4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 7 of 18 in the saga of recluce Series

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Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Chronologically, the events here follow those of Fall of Angels (1996). Surrounded by aggressive macho cultures, the ``angels'' under Ryba have developed a clean and orderly but oppressive feminist dictatorship. Engineer, smith, and Order mage Nylan can no longer tolerate being used by Ryba as a stud and source of new weapons, so he departs with his son Weryl and his lover, the healer and singer Ayrlyn. But the male-dominated, expansionist empire of Cyador, with its unmatchable Chaos magic, must somehow be restrained; and so Nylan agrees--reluctantly--to help the primitive, unwashed macho swaggerers of Lornth. A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


"A sturdy addition to a superior series." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863890
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After spending years writing poetry, political speeches and analyses, as well as economic and technical reports on extraordinarily detailed and often boring subjects, I finally got around to writing my first short story, which was published in 1973. I kept submitting and occasionally having published stories until an editor indicated he'd refuse to buy any more until I wrote a novel. So I did, and it was published in 1982, and I've been writing novels -- along with a few short stories -- ever since.

If you want to know more, you can visit my website at www.lemodesittjr.com.

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L.E. Modesitt jr's Recluse series is a world of magic and balance. a world that will grab you and make you loss track of time as you are unable to put his Recluse books down. The author, recommends that you read his book in the order of they were published. If you are the person who likes to read the last 50 pages of a book first, and then skip around to different areas of the book as you read it through, then by all means, read the Recluse series in the order of publish. WAIT!..... If you are a reader who truly enjoys finding yourself part of the on going story, as read a series from the start of he story to its end. Then the Recluse series will grab you and not let you go until the conclusion of the series. L.E. Modesitt, jr. has written an 11 books series of the Recluse world so far. This author wrote the Magic of Recluse first. As be has published books, he has jumped around throughout the story time line of the world of Recluse, and put together books of set, and other single books, which he may add another book to that part of the story in a future published book. This author has written the story in books of set, that is the first three book of story: 1st book) "Fall of Angels", 2rd) "The Chaos Balance" & 3rd) "The Tower of the Sunset". Tells the birth and the destruction of kingdom of highly skilled warriors, with the third book leading into the creation of a new kingdom, (Recluse). Then the next book is, 4th book of the World of Recluse) "The Magic Engineer". Then Modesitt, jr. switches to the side of Chaos, and tells a story where the character's of Chaos will became heroes in your eyes too.Read more ›
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This books chronicles the fall of Cyador and the rise of Naclos. Even though the history and information about chaos/order relationships contained in this one are important for a reader wanting to understand the world of Recluce, I was somewhat disapointed by the fact that this book reads almost exactly like the others in the series. Basically, Nylan, your typical smith/order-mage, spends most of the book struggling to understand and master his powers. The book ends in the same way most of the others have- Nylan destroying a huge White army at the last possible second and being punished for it just like all the other heroes have been, by going blind and aging. I did like the characters in this one, good and bad, but I felt like I knew what was going to happen the entire time (which it turns out I did) so I didn't really get caught up in the suspense very much, just tried to get through it in a hurry to more on to the next one, which doesn't make for enjoyable reading. Hopefully in future books, Modesitt will change up the general story outline, maybe detailing the colonization of the planet by the Rats.
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It was excellent, as is the whole Recluse Series. If you have read any of the the series you'll want this one. If you haven't read any of the series you had better get started and catch up with the rest of us. Modesitt has given us a very believeable and logical system of magic as well as characters you can enjoy reading about. His delve into the history behind the land and his attention to details is superb. I couldn't put it down. Heck I haven't been able to put any of them down.
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The Chaos Balance (1998) is the seventh Fantasy novel in the Recluce Saga, following Fall of Angels. The initial volume in this sequence is The Magic of Recluce.

By internal chronology, however, this volume is fourth in the sequence. It is followed by Arms-Commander.

In the previous volume, something has been happening among the Winterlance crew since their arrival in this universe. Nylan was the first to notice that he can manipulate the forces around him with his mind. Others have been able to heal with their minds.

Then Lord Sillek led the armies of Lornth and Gallos against Westwind. Sillek left the siege towers behind, but his cavalry and foot soldiers advanced toward the tower. The defenders shot arrows at the invaders and deployed traps.

Nylan focused the laser head on the shield of the white wizards and pushed with his mind. The resulting fireball rocked the plateau and destroyed many men. Then Nylan swept the invaders with the laser.

In this novel, Ryba had been the Captain of the United Faith Forces' frigate Winterlance. Now she is Marshal of Westwind. She is also the mother of Dyliess.

Nylan Had been the engineering officer of the Winterlance. Now he is the resident engineer and black mage of Westwind. He is also the involuntary father of several children, including Ryba's daughter.

Ayrlyn had been the communications officer of the Winterlance. Now she is a healer and singer.
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