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The chaos balance

By: Modesitt, L. E., Jr, 1943-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Modesitt, L. E., Saga of Recluce: 7.Publisher: London : Orbit, 1998, c1997Description: 596 pages : 18 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1857235665.Subject(s): Recluce (Imaginary place) -- FictionGenre/Form: Fantasy fiction.DDC classification: Fantasy Paperback
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In THE CHAOS BALANCE L. E Modesitt, Jr. returns to the story of the engineer/smith Nylan, begun in FALL OF ANGELS. Nylan is the only man among the leadership of the company of 'angels' marooned on a high plateau in the west of Candar, and perhaps the one person most responsible for their survival. But the angels are a matriarchal band, and so Nylan must leave his companions and seek a life elsewhere. He travels down from the plateau into the world of warring kingdoms and strange magics with his companion Ayrlyn, the healer, and his infant son. They are in search of a place to lead a peaceful life, but they look different from the locals, and their talents are most valued in battle - and so the war between chaos and order begins again.

Saga of Recluce: #7

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I The Angels of darkness made the Roof of the World their home, and after deceiving the followers of light who had eagerly welcomed them, they wielded the ancient and dreadful weapons of Heaven and vanquished those who rejoiced in the light. In those first dark years, there were none at first among the dark ones who could descend to the lower lands and bear the heat, and the lords of mankind, their true daughters, and their consorts rejoiced that this was so. For the angels of temptation bore blades that slashed through armor and loosed arrowheads that treated iron bucklers as if they were rotten wood, and they raised a mighty stronghold called Westwind, anchored on Tower Black, that rivaled Freyja in power. And the followers of light, who had ages earlier forsaken the powers of the heavens, relinquished the barren heights to the dark angels and their evil powers. The dark angels were women who made a mockery out of hearth and home, who reviled men and laughed as they destroyed all the armies of the Westhorns sent against them, as they forced the great lords to heap dust and ashes upon their own heads and to bend their knees and pay tribute, and to stand helplessly as their daughters were tempted from their hearths and consorts. Yet an even more deadly evil was to flow from the Roof of the World, and none knew it, from the mighty Nylan, smith of the angels, he who builded the Tower Black, he who forged the blades of night and the arrows of the storms.… Colors of White (Manual of the Guild at Fairhaven) Preface Copyright © 1997 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Excerpted from The Chaos Balance by L. E. Modesitt All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Booklist Review

The new installment of Modesitt's popular Recluse saga is a direct sequel to Fall of Angels. Engineer turned smith Nylan is expelled by the spacefarers holding Westwind, along with his beloved, singer-healer Ayrlyn, and their baby son. They promptly end up in the lands of their former enemies, who, facing a great menace themselves, are somewhat willing to make an expedient alliance. The ensuing tale is stronger on intrigue than action, and Modesitt takes much time to successfully make some rather stupid villains unpleasantly plausible. The book's pacing is accordingly slower than that of some of Modesitt's best. Still, it is an intelligent enough piece, reflects well on Modesitt's range of knowledge, and will please the large and dedicated following Recluse now has. (Reviewed September 15, 1997)0312863896Roland Green

Kirkus Book Review

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 ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.