Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Death of Chaos

The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce)

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Date: 15 June, 1996   —   $7.19   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

Nothing is ever simple in Modesitt's books. Lerris' problems in The Magic of Recluce only get worse here, leading up to a spectacular confrontation at the end of the saga. (Modesitt is still playing around in preceding centuries, however.)

Lerris is working in Kyphros as a master woodworker, which is pretty impressive given his age as just a few years past twenty. His consort, Krystal, is sub-commander of the autarch's armies, and he has a shop of his own. Life would be good, were it not for the signs that all hell is about to break loose.

Central to this novel is an element that has been peripheral in all of the previous books: the empire of Hamor, which has decided to take over Candar. And Hamor is big enough to do it easily, especially as chaos is building up because of Hamor's mechanical order (steamships, mechanical looms, and the like.) Hamor is set to crush anyone who stands in its way— and that includes the leadership of Kyphros, and Lerris.

Where the previous novel was a quest novel, this one is a coming of age tale. Lerris has a lot of maturing to do, and he's set to lose everything if he doesn't. Or possibly even if he does. And one thing is very clear: no matter what his choice is, the price is going to be very high.

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