Chaos Balance

Chaos Balance

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"An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world." --Robert Jordan , New York Times b estselling author of The Wheel of Time #65533; series

Nylan is the only man among the leadership of the company of "angels" marooned on a high plateau in the west of Candar. But the angels are a matriarchal band, and Nylan must leave his companions and seek a life elsewhere. He travels down from the plateau, into a world of warring kingdoms and strange magics in search of a place to lead a peaceful life with his wife and infant son. His talents, however, make him a valuable weapon--and so the war between chaos and order begins again.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce are among the most popular in contemporary fantasy. Each novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other books in the series, to deepen and enhance the reading experience. Rich in detail, the Recluce books are a feast of wondrous marvels.

Saga of Recluce

THE MAGIC OF RECLUCE / THE TOWERS OF THE SUNSET / THE MAGIC ENGINEER / THE ORDER WAR / THE DEATH OF CHAOS / FALL OF ANGELS / THE CHAOS BALANCE / THE WHITE ORDER / COLORS OF CHAOS /MAGI'I OF CYADOR / SCION OF CYADOR / WELLSPRING OF CHAOS / ORDERMASTER / NATURAL ORDER MAGE / MAGE GUARD OF HAMOR / ARMS-COMMANDER / CYADOR'S HEIRS / HERITAGE OF CYADOR / THE MONGREL MAGE

Story Collection: RECLUCE TALES

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Imager Portfolio
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter

Publisher: New York : TOR, 1998, c1997
ISBN: 9780812571301
Branch Call Number: MODES
Characteristics: 596 p

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sophiegirl15
Feb 25, 2016

Although this one follows the tale of Nylan from the UFF Winterlance spacecraft that deposits the 'angels' on the Roof of the World, it is pretty out of place chronologically in telling the history of The Saga of Recluce; I'd recommend reading this well after Cyador's Heir/Magi'i/Scion of Cyador, etc...
But that aside, it reads better than even some following titles and you can really tell Modessit is on top of his game here. Most interesting are the relevant, relatable observations the 'angel-smith'/ former subnet-engineer makes, himself, in delineating the parallels between Recluce/modern Earth. For those reading deep into the series, this book in particular adds a lot of solid insight to the workings of order/chaos, in modern terms we can relate to.
Still not his best but way far from his worst!

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