Wellspring of Chaos (The Saga of Recluce) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2005
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"Strong supporting characters, vivid settings and creative approach to mythos and magic enhance this richly detailed story. New readers should feel comfortable in Modesitt's world, where chaos and order reign in delicate balance, while series fans will welcome this return to familiar ground. As usual, Modesitt handles his world-building and characterization with ease. While knowledge of the previous books in the series will enhance the reading experience, it's not a requirement to enjoying this stand-alone tale. This newest entry in the Saga of Recluce is a gift for fans and new readers alike." --Romantic Times Bookclub on Wellspring of Chaos (a "Top Pick")"The prolific Modesitt's 12th Recluce fantasy, his first since 2001's Scion of Cyador, delights from start to finish. . . . .In a genre saturated with callow youngsters who grow into heroes, Modesitt effortlessly builds an epic adventure around an ordinary, middle-aged man. This marks a welcome new chapter in the Recluce saga, with the ending all but promising a sequel." --Publishers Weekly on Wellspring of Chaos"Modesitt's excellent new story has thought-provoking underpinnings that will snare newcomers as well as old Recluce hands." --Booklist on Wellspring of Chaos
About the Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
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