Colors of Chaos by L. E. Modesitt (The Saga of Recluce)
New York : Tor Book, 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 634 pages ; 24 cm. $27.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
COLORS OF CHAOS
"More than a story about the battle between good and evil, the Saga of Reduce is as rich and complex a creation as Tolkien's Middle-Earth Up until now. both in flashbacks and flashforwards. the conflict in this parallel world has seemed to be between good' Order and 'evil' Chaos. With the present novel's focus on Cerryl's training in white magic, Modesitt changes this emphasis. In doing so, a brilliant new facet appears." —BookPage on The White Order
The biggest fantasy from L E. Modesitt, Jr., to date, Colors of Chaos is the story of the White Chaos wizard Cerryl: his education in life and love and his rise to power in the magicians' guild of Fairhaven. This is the direct sequel to The White Order, which told of Cerryl's boyhood and youth, and it takes place at the same time as the events in Modesitt's earlier novel The Magic Engineer. Yet it stands alone, a portrayal of the growth and change of character and of the strengths and weaknesses of an age-old civilization held together by the power of magic.
Cerryl, now a full mage in the White Order, must prove himself indispensable to Jeslek, the High Wizard. Whether through assassination, effective governance of occupied territory, or the fearless and clever direction of troops in battle, Cerryl faces many harrowing obstacles, not the least of which is Anya, the plotting seductress who's the real power behind the scenes of the white wizards. With his wits, his integrity, and the support of his love, the Black healer Leyladin, he must survive long enough to claim his rightful spot within the ruling hierarchy of the White Order.
This is a must-read for followers of the Saga of Reduce, offering a unique, sympathetic point of view of the White Chaos wizards—the forces that throughout history have opposed the magicians of Reduce.
"Another entry in Modesitt's popular Reduce series, one that upholds the saga's reputation for intelligence and increasing originality. . . . This volume in the series stands unusually well on its own as a classic and competent coming-of-age story." —Booklist on The White Order
"Modesitt once again creates a vivid chapter in his ongoing saga of Reduce. As he does in all of his work, Modesitt skillfully interweaves with the nonstop action and the fast-moving plot well- rounded characters, a compelling and believable alien world, and, above all, philosophical discussions of power and the consequences of its misuse." —VOYA on The Chaos Balance
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