L E Modesitt has created a great fantasy world in his Recluce novels, For many years now we have had stories, set over centuries, from the continent of Candar, now the scope of the world expands with the tale of Kharl the Cooper, from the island of Nordla.
Set chronologically after the events of the novel Order War, Kharl is a Cooper (a Barrel maker) from the island of Nordla, a middle aged man,with two sons and a wife. Unfortunately events occur, some outside his control that forces Kharl to leave the island and serve some time working aboard a ship of one of his former customers (Kharl's skills working with wood a boon in an age where ships, though steam powered are still heavily made of wood) doing a tour of parts of the world. Eventually Kharl ends up in Austra and aids in a sucession crisis, all the while developing order skills that he has recently discovered he had.
This is a good book, It is a little different in that the main character is middle aged and married, and develops his order skills later, is a bit different to the normally way of doing things, and setting things outside Candar is a nice touch, as we can finally see somemore of the great world. This book is better then the following novel, OrderMaster, maninly as it is a little different, whilestillfollowing the winning format of Modesitt's standard.
Book 12 of the Saga of Recluse. Kharl the cooper, honesty, and community spirited gets himself into trouble helping others. He needs to leave his business, family and home as he has become the target of men more mean spirited and they are hunting him down. The journey changes his life. I really enjoyed this book, a different pace to others in the series, but really well written.The characters are interesting and multidimensional although you can guess quickly who is on the side of order and who isn't quick enough. Cannot wait to start the next in the series.
This is one of the best books (number 12) in the series (& its follow up Ordermaster). Both had me reading well into the night, could not put them down until i had finished. If you love fantasy books & have not read the Recluse Saga books yet i strongly recommend you get started on all 16 books now, its not often that someone writes a series as good as this, only two books in the series were below par, i`m glad to say this is not one of them.
Karl is a Cooper and he makes fine barrels. But events and Chaos destroy his life wife and nearly him before he learns to think and feel that he is more. Helping those around him as his Mage abilities grow leads to great change for the better thru strife.
Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as ordered and dependable as his barrels. His trouble begins when he saves his neighbour's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer - a young expatriate mage - from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround, released - and his consort executed for murder, which she did not commit. Egen again. Kharl ends up on the run, with jut a handful of coins and a few clothes, but he also takes the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill. Wellspring of Chaos is the twelfth book in the Recluce Saga and takes place roughly 60 years after the close of The Order War (Recluce #4). It is Modesitt at the top of his form, returning to his most famous fantasy world, yet does not require previous knowledge of Recluce to be enjoyed. Its publication is sure to be one of the fantasy milestones of the year.