The Chaos Balance (Recluce Series #7)

The Chaos Balance (Recluce Series #7)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.


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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Chaos Balance continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy.

Nylan, the only man among the matriarchal band of “angels” marooned on the high plateau of Candar. Forced to seek a life elsewhere, Nylan decends into a world of warring kingdoms and strange magics in search of a peaceful life with his wife and infant son. His talents, however, make him a valuable weapon—and so the war between chaos and order begins anew.

“An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world.”—Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® series

Saga of Recluce

#1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of Sunset / #3 The Magic Engineer / #4 The Order War / #5 The Death of Chaos / #6 Fall of Angels / #7 The Chaos Balance / #8 The White Order / #9 Colors of Chaos / #10 Magi’i of Cyador / #11 Scion of Cyador / #12 Wellspring of Chaos / #13 Ordermaster / #14 Natural Order Mage / #15 Mage-Guard of Hamor / #16 Arms-Commander / #17 Cyador’s Heirs / #18 Heritage of Cyador /#19 The Mongrel Mage / #20 Outcasts of Order / #21 The Mage-Fire War (forthcoming)

Story Collection: Recluce Tales

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Imager Portfolio

The Corean Chronicles

The Spellsong Cycle

The Ghost Books

The Ecolitan Matter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312863890
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Series: Recluce Series , #7
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.51(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

L. E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of more than seventy novels encompassing two science fiction series, the Ghost Books and the Ecolitan Matter, and four fantasy series, the Imager Portfolio, the Saga of Recluce, the Spellsong Cycle and the Corean Chronicles. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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The Chaos Balance

By Modesitt, L. E.

Tor Fantasy

Copyright © 1998 Modesitt, L. E.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780812571301

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 whobuilded 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)
Copyright 1997 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.


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Chaos Balance (Recluce Series #7) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book felt a bit strained, as if the author needed to tell this story, but really didn't know what to do with it. The characters go to a lot of trouble that seems like it could have been avoided somehow. This one follows the now familiar pattern of a Black Wizard that develops unbeatable powers, but only after taking a beating learning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm re-reading the entire series and am enjoying them more than the first time. Again, I read the thing straight through without a break because it draws readers into it. The characters are complex and unpredictable. They struggle with not only doing the right thing but with what is the right thing. Modesitt, Jr. has created an intriguing world with a unique philosophy. He touches on all the major issues we're facing today and anticipates problems we may be facing in the future. This fantasy does more than have people plot and murder each other--it explores relationships, economics, violence, cultural conflicts, and so much more. I recommend readers begin with the first book in the series, though, to understand a place where order and chaos battle.
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Althor18 More than 1 year ago
One of the best series
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"Theres no time for pickaxes." She takes out an old fashioned bomb and throws it into a cave. The explosion was big enough to break rock but small enough to not cause a cave-in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know who did it. Zay did. He did it himself. More like split in two and fought his bad self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This...could be it...*90% of blood is lost from his baody*(read res 34 to see what happened)
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*ran in*