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Death of Chaos, The
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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Saga of Recluce
published September 1995
by Tor
ISBN: 0-812-54824-8
category: Epic Fantasy
language: English
type: Paperback
added: 09 Apr 2003 21:39 by Ralig
approved: 11 Apr 2003 15:17
rating: 4.50/5

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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Rating: 4/5
by Barb on 09-05-2005 5:07

Rating: 5/5
It was a great book...however, you must remember that this is the unth book of a VERY long fully understand the book it would be best to read from book 1. Yes there are certain books that seem to start over and you "could" understand what is happening but you WON'T (IMHO) understand all of it.
by Timothy Davis on 25-09-2004 8:35