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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Death of Chaos continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. A threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor endangers Lerris' newfound peace. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril, forcing Le L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Death of Chaos continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. A threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor endangers Lerris' newfound peace. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril, forcing Lerris to choose between becoming the greatest wizard of all time--or seeing his whole world destroyed. "An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world."--Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time(R) 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


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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Death of Chaos continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. A threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor endangers Lerris' newfound peace. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril, forcing Le L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Death of Chaos continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. A threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor endangers Lerris' newfound peace. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril, forcing Lerris to choose between becoming the greatest wizard of all time--or seeing his whole world destroyed. "An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world."--Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time(R) 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

30 review for The Death of Chaos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A great ending to a wonderful series, especially when read in chronological order. (See this review for the list & why. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) It is the 5th published, 18th & last in chronological order. That may change, of course. The author has plenty of room to add more books to fill in a series that takes place over 2000 years. The all important balance between chaos & order is swinging out of control & Lerris is smack dab in the middle of the mess while in kind of a person A great ending to a wonderful series, especially when read in chronological order. (See this review for the list & why. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) It is the 5th published, 18th & last in chronological order. That may change, of course. The author has plenty of room to add more books to fill in a series that takes place over 2000 years. The all important balance between chaos & order is swinging out of control & Lerris is smack dab in the middle of the mess while in kind of a personal one of his own. He seeks solutions & finds them. Like so many things in life, the results aren't exactly what he wanted. I'd like to say more, but it would be a spoiler. I'll just say that it is chilling & with a little thought, the reader can see farther than the characters. Highly recommended. I enjoyed reading these in paper at first, but the recent read was all in audio narrated by Kirby Heyborne who did an excellent job.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    What can I say about this installment in the Saga of Recluce? These books are so, so similar in tone that they kind of blend together in my memory. In this volume, we return to the story of Lerris, whom we met in the first book. Lerris is apparently the strong, silent type and he is frustrating to his consort, Crystal, who wishes he would tell her more about what’s going on in his brain. Crystal is obviously young, as we older women care much less about this particular issue. Crystal also wishes What can I say about this installment in the Saga of Recluce? These books are so, so similar in tone that they kind of blend together in my memory. In this volume, we return to the story of Lerris, whom we met in the first book. Lerris is apparently the strong, silent type and he is frustrating to his consort, Crystal, who wishes he would tell her more about what’s going on in his brain. Crystal is obviously young, as we older women care much less about this particular issue. Crystal also wishes that Lerris would quit going off and getting himself nearly killed in the fight against Chaos. This is a more legitimate concern, but I still found Crystal a bit hypocritical on this issue, as she and the Autarch would immediately summon Lerris whenever the going got the slightest bit tough! I try not to criticize people for doing what I ask them to do! Whatever is wrong with Lerris, it runs in his family. They are gathered together to fight this war and basically grunt at each other and still refuse to tell each other useful details of how to use order and chaos without destroying everything. Lerris and Crystal end up with a magical link which lets each one know what’s going on with the other person. A fate worse than death, in my opinion! But they asked for it! An awful lot of time is spent describing the incredibly repetitive meals that these people eat. Honestly, they eat so much cheese that they should be hideously constipated at all times. If an author is going to detail every meal, at least those details should be interesting and maybe make the reader wish that they could try some of the specialities. I come away from these books thankful that I don’t have to stay there for dinner. Book number 340 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darryl

    It's good to get back to Lerris' story, though sometimes the pace is a little slow. It would have received a 5 star rating, but I think each of the major conflicts were a little anti-climatic. It's good to get back to Lerris' story, though sometimes the pace is a little slow. It would have received a 5 star rating, but I think each of the major conflicts were a little anti-climatic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Tran

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book currently occurs at the end of the Recluce saga chronologically and is the direct sequel to the Magic of Recluce. This novel is quite different from pretty much the rest of the series as it deals with a lot of history and has a larger cast of characters. You really need to read the previous four novels or you will get lost very quickly. The book deals with the great Empire of Hamor coming to destroy Recluce with it's great fleet. Hamor actually eclipses Recluce as far as concentration of This book currently occurs at the end of the Recluce saga chronologically and is the direct sequel to the Magic of Recluce. This novel is quite different from pretty much the rest of the series as it deals with a lot of history and has a larger cast of characters. You really need to read the previous four novels or you will get lost very quickly. The book deals with the great Empire of Hamor coming to destroy Recluce with it's great fleet. Hamor actually eclipses Recluce as far as concentration of order and destructive capabilities. Most of the book deals with various battle in Candar whose only purpose was to tire and weaken the few powerful mages of Recluce. Eventually at the end of the book is a massive showdown that leaves Recluce completely sundered and the major characters either dead or significantly crippled in someway. The overall amount of Order and Chaos is substantially reduced and will no longer play a substantial row for generations. However, war is expected to resume between Candar and Hamor within a few years. While this book is a conclusion of sorts, I find it very unsatisfying. A lot of people died to create in essence a stop gap. Things are expected to continue as normal within generations which may seem like a lot of time but in this series which takes place over thousands of years is really inconsequential. In the big picture if just makes the entire struggle appear really futile. I suppose this falls into the theme of Balance where there will be no clear winner in the long run. This book is really optional and should only be read if you read all of the previous books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Preacher

    Reading this back-to-back with The Magic of Recluse (which it follows directly in the internal chronology, but is separated by three other books in the publication order) really both shows up how unusually weak Magic of Recluse is and how much the series developed over the course of a couple of books. Most of the writing flaws are greatly mitigated. The onomatopoeia is still present, but as an occasional touch of flavor rather than a method of communicating action - this is much less jarring. Ler Reading this back-to-back with The Magic of Recluse (which it follows directly in the internal chronology, but is separated by three other books in the publication order) really both shows up how unusually weak Magic of Recluse is and how much the series developed over the course of a couple of books. Most of the writing flaws are greatly mitigated. The onomatopoeia is still present, but as an occasional touch of flavor rather than a method of communicating action - this is much less jarring. Lerris has matured quite a bit as a character - while he's still an obtuse little snot a lot of the time, it's in ways that are much more pleasant to read about and represent much more understandable and relatable character flaws. And the magic system is fully realized and, in fact, taken to its logical conclusion - this is the last book in the internal chronology, despite there being some fourteen others at various points in the timeline. This is still far from my favorite book in the series, but it makes an interesting pairing with Magic, which it so greatly surpasses.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

    I enjoyed another journey with Lerris. I enjoy the writing style and while some complain about story lines being too similar I don't agree. Another great book in my opinion and one of my favorites so far. I enjoyed another journey with Lerris. I enjoy the writing style and while some complain about story lines being too similar I don't agree. Another great book in my opinion and one of my favorites so far.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Millard

    I chose to read this immediately after The Magic of Recluce instead of proceeding in publication order. I note that the author recommends otherwise, but I really wanted to have the prequel fresh in my mind, and all went well, so we'll see if I end up regretting reading out of publication order. The Death of Chaos continues the story (Down the road just a short spell, with nothing major having developed) of Lerris, Krystal, and others after the conclusion of The Magic of Recluce, with Lerris havin I chose to read this immediately after The Magic of Recluce instead of proceeding in publication order. I note that the author recommends otherwise, but I really wanted to have the prequel fresh in my mind, and all went well, so we'll see if I end up regretting reading out of publication order. The Death of Chaos continues the story (Down the road just a short spell, with nothing major having developed) of Lerris, Krystal, and others after the conclusion of The Magic of Recluce, with Lerris having taken up full time citizenship in Kyphros as a woodworker and ordermage. Rather than the white mage Antonin, the antagonists of this story are a number of characters and nations opposing Kyphros. This most specifically becomes the Empire of Hamor, seeking conquest of all of Candar (including Kyphros) and (by book's end) Recluce. The novel proceeds as a somewhat irregularly paced balance between Lerris' confrontations with the enemy, growth in understanding and power as an ordermage, and more "mundane" activities regarding his woodworking profession. All three are interesting, and I particularly enjoy Lerris' day-to-day woodworking projects, his progress, and the relationships he builds in Kyphrien. Modesitt has a knack for making the reader care about the little details that are normally in the background and of little consequence. Heck, if L.E. wrote a spin off novel that was just called "Uncle Sardit's Memoirs", detailing the reknowned master's business, I'd probably buy it. I like the author's detail that much. As in the previous installation, the pacing of the book's major events is a little arbitrary, though this one certainly has a slowly built, dramatic climax at the book's conclusion. There are, however, miniature story arcs and climaxes that swell and recede throughout the book, which assist in maintaining interest in the main storyline. I think if you just described Modesitt's world, characters, magic system, and writing style to me, I wouldn't be very interested at face value. The end product is definitely more than the sum of its parts. This series promises to be a "keeper" for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    FRZ

    This is a tough one to review. There's a lot of downtime in the book and my initial thoughts are to say it could have been half the length, but then the character development and your time with them wouldn't have happened, so in the end I get it and understand. However, I came really close to putting this down and for a few weeks maybe only read a few pages here and there. What kept me going is that I've generally enjoyed the series. The writing is good, though I know some make the case that the This is a tough one to review. There's a lot of downtime in the book and my initial thoughts are to say it could have been half the length, but then the character development and your time with them wouldn't have happened, so in the end I get it and understand. However, I came really close to putting this down and for a few weeks maybe only read a few pages here and there. What kept me going is that I've generally enjoyed the series. The writing is good, though I know some make the case that the female characters are generally too shallow, and I could see myself wanting to continue the series in the future, but would have a hard time doing that if I quit halfway through this one. The book is in roughly four parts: two quests (with some break in between) and big lull and then a final quest. There is, as we have become accustomed to, many pages dedicated to just eating and drinking and what makes it a tough read is that lull; it's exhaustively long but then when the final part of the story kicks in it grabs you hard. The author really pulled it together there and made me fully excited for the story again in the last 60 pages. However, I can't give it four stars. The writing is good, but anything that I was so close to just putting back on the bookshelf just can't be at that 4 star level

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brent Moffitt

    This one wraps up some loose threads from the first four in the series, but we never get an explanation of why using order magic is harmful to hearing and sight. Why does lying give an order wizard a headache? The easy explanation would be that order is good (chaos is therefore bad) and doing something harmful or dishonest hurts the order mage. But that doesn't hold up because the author goes to great lengths to explain that neither order or chaos is inherently bad - they're just part of Nature This one wraps up some loose threads from the first four in the series, but we never get an explanation of why using order magic is harmful to hearing and sight. Why does lying give an order wizard a headache? The easy explanation would be that order is good (chaos is therefore bad) and doing something harmful or dishonest hurts the order mage. But that doesn't hold up because the author goes to great lengths to explain that neither order or chaos is inherently bad - they're just part of Nature (i.e., Balance). I don't see how having order mage's go blind or suffer hearing loss contributes to the story and it would make it easier and more consistent if they didn't suffer blindness or hearing loss. Also, the explanation of long life is a bit nonsensical. If you've somehow managed to permanently change the structure of your cells to enable long life, your hair wouldn't go white and you wouldn't get wrinkles from using magic that suddenly go away as you recover from the use of magic. I actually like the series but I would enjoy it more if it didn't have so many illogical assumptions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Wow. Lerris returns from the first book in this saga. If you've read the series this far, it's an extremely important change in direction. After all, books 2-4 all happen WAY before Lerris, the extremely modest magician of Order who learns the secret of both Order and Chaos, performs a massive miracle of casting down all those Chaos magicians and their armies. But now, with the weight of so much very important history and the big bright lightbulb going on as we interweave those old, seemingly anci Wow. Lerris returns from the first book in this saga. If you've read the series this far, it's an extremely important change in direction. After all, books 2-4 all happen WAY before Lerris, the extremely modest magician of Order who learns the secret of both Order and Chaos, performs a massive miracle of casting down all those Chaos magicians and their armies. But now, with the weight of so much very important history and the big bright lightbulb going on as we interweave those old, seemingly ancient characters -- so much history -- into the current tale, the whole thing has taken on a brand new level of importance. And with a title like that, just assume right here and now that something ENORMOUS happens. Cataclysms seem to happen all the time in these books, but just expect something bigger this time. I LOVED seeing Justin again. All these characters are something special to me. And I can't rightly disagree with all those teaching methods of those Order wizards. I'm sure it'd piss me off, too, but the wisdom is undeniable. Great series. Getting even better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve Pillinger

    Again, a great story and on the whole a worthy conclusion to the narrative of Lerris in book 1. However, maybe I'm getting too used to Modesitt's style, but as in book 4 I found the middle of the story a little tedious. Lots of circumstantial detail but not a lot going on. Also, I got a little tired of the constant harping on Lerris's mistakes when no-one's bothering to teach or warn him! Especially when Krystal, his partner, gets angry with him and won't say why. Later it's made out that the rea Again, a great story and on the whole a worthy conclusion to the narrative of Lerris in book 1. However, maybe I'm getting too used to Modesitt's style, but as in book 4 I found the middle of the story a little tedious. Lots of circumstantial detail but not a lot going on. Also, I got a little tired of the constant harping on Lerris's mistakes when no-one's bothering to teach or warn him! Especially when Krystal, his partner, gets angry with him and won't say why. Later it's made out that the reasons were obvious, and Lerris should have realised what was going on ages ago. Well, from the info given, my sympathies were entirely with Lerris! I would have got just as upset, and I'm not a wet-behind-the-ears youngster. All a little contrived. The ending, however, was gripping, as Lerris finally comes into his own as the first and greatest earth wizard in the history of Recluce.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Soon Lee

    This fifth book in "The Saga of Recluce" returns to the story of Lerris, the main character in the first book. I thought it slightly below the usual standard for Modesitt's fantasies ... which means I enjoyed it a lot. Lerris is a very likable character, trying very hard to do the best he can. I found the minor thread to do with Lerris and his parents particularly effective, and was moved by such a seemingly small thing as whether or not Lerris would send them a letter. I note that Justen, the pr This fifth book in "The Saga of Recluce" returns to the story of Lerris, the main character in the first book. I thought it slightly below the usual standard for Modesitt's fantasies ... which means I enjoyed it a lot. Lerris is a very likable character, trying very hard to do the best he can. I found the minor thread to do with Lerris and his parents particularly effective, and was moved by such a seemingly small thing as whether or not Lerris would send them a letter. I note that Justen, the protagonist of the fourth book in the series, also plays an important part. I also note that the scenes from the perspective of the villains struck me as the weakest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jack Webb

    The End? Well, this is certainly the end of my "trek" thru the wonders of Recluce chronologically. I can't help but assume this is the end of the saga, as all subsequent books in the series have detailed past times and events. Mr. Modesitt's work is very high on my list of favorite series. His characterizations and world building are superb. Even tho I know he would disagree with me, I enjoyed the series even more this time reading them chronologically, and highly recommend the experience. The End? Well, this is certainly the end of my "trek" thru the wonders of Recluce chronologically. I can't help but assume this is the end of the saga, as all subsequent books in the series have detailed past times and events. Mr. Modesitt's work is very high on my list of favorite series. His characterizations and world building are superb. Even tho I know he would disagree with me, I enjoyed the series even more this time reading them chronologically, and highly recommend the experience.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Silver

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you liked the first 4 books, you're probably gonna hate this one. If you liked or even loved the characters the author has spent so much time and effort building up, bad news: they die at the end of the book. Not only do they die but they die in an utterly pointless, short-sighted act that also destroys the magic system of this world. All to slightly delay a war that is going to happen in a few years anyway. Oh and if you're looking forward to a future book fixing all of this and providing a If you liked the first 4 books, you're probably gonna hate this one. If you liked or even loved the characters the author has spent so much time and effort building up, bad news: they die at the end of the book. Not only do they die but they die in an utterly pointless, short-sighted act that also destroys the magic system of this world. All to slightly delay a war that is going to happen in a few years anyway. Oh and if you're looking forward to a future book fixing all of this and providing a satisfying conclusion, guess what? This is where the story ends. Yep, book 5 is the end of the Saga of Recluce, the next 15 or so books are all prequels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scott Pare

    I found this to be the worst book thus far in the series. The author seems to go with a lot of repetitive stuff from book to book. In this book it was 300+ pages of how to craft with wood, and of course the usual focus on food and drink. I had to push myself hard to finish it, it was just that boring and the ending felt very much like the rest of the book - *YAWN*. I bought the first 20ish books in this series when Amazon had a sale a year or two ago and after this one, I am going to need a break a I found this to be the worst book thus far in the series. The author seems to go with a lot of repetitive stuff from book to book. In this book it was 300+ pages of how to craft with wood, and of course the usual focus on food and drink. I had to push myself hard to finish it, it was just that boring and the ending felt very much like the rest of the book - *YAWN*. I bought the first 20ish books in this series when Amazon had a sale a year or two ago and after this one, I am going to need a break as I cannot stomach reading about crafting/food/drink anymore.

  16. 4 out of 5

    BobA707

    Summary: Another classic from Modesitt, Order vs Chaos, very interesting characters, great descriptions of wood crafting, and huge destruction in a quite a long but fairly straight foreward plot. Plotline: Not too many surprises, but well thought out Premise: I really like the Recluce magic system, works well and is fundamental to all parts of this story Writing: Simple and elegant Ending: Oh yes! Pace: Never a dull moment!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reflector

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Took me a while but it was worth it. I think the early pace was really slow for me and I couldn’t quite follow all the different armies because I didn’t remember all the players for The Magic of Recluse. Add in the randomness of locations that were hard to find in the map... but once I got into it, I was hooked. I LOVE when Lerris gets his apprentice. Such a touching moment and it made me glad to see it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Valance

    Lerris has settled into being a woodworker and building a life with Krystal. But this newfound peace is endangered when both Candar and Recluce come under the threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril. Lerris is faced with the challenge of becoming the greatest wizard of all time—or seeing his whole world destroyed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    A much better pace for this book. I didn't have to wait to get a sense of the characters which was refreshing. It did get kinda whiny in the middle with impending doom, I mean I get it it's bad and of course you'd say it's bad I just... I don't know wish they get on with it. Anyway a decent book all the way through. Also is this book an end of sorts? Not sure will have to read on. A much better pace for this book. I didn't have to wait to get a sense of the characters which was refreshing. It did get kinda whiny in the middle with impending doom, I mean I get it it's bad and of course you'd say it's bad I just... I don't know wish they get on with it. Anyway a decent book all the way through. Also is this book an end of sorts? Not sure will have to read on.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Brown

    Love, love, love this series and will continue reading until I've finished every single book. Balance is the key to everything and its amazing what happens when their is too much chaos or too much order. You can apply the principle to life which makes this so interesting. Love, love, love this series and will continue reading until I've finished every single book. Balance is the key to everything and its amazing what happens when their is too much chaos or too much order. You can apply the principle to life which makes this so interesting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra Meyer

    More verbal sound effects *sigh* but it was a good book just detest the narrator and the need to make such awful sounds which could have been written in a different form so that the narrator doesn't have to make such stupid racket. Getting close to the end of what I have and am glad of it More verbal sound effects *sigh* but it was a good book just detest the narrator and the need to make such awful sounds which could have been written in a different form so that the narrator doesn't have to make such stupid racket. Getting close to the end of what I have and am glad of it

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Powers

    Wraps up the five book set nicely. Reading this book it becomes clear why Modesitt bounced around in time with each book, only to end right after the first book. An excellent addition to the series and a sound conclusion if that is as far as you choose to go.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    The best book in the series so far! I enjoyed the deeper focus on characters in this story. The pacing felt better as well. Now that I know everything about metal working and running a forge, it was good to jump with both feet into woodworking!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    More vivid action, interesting philosophy, and fascinating characters -- only slightly marred by occasionally saying Candar when they were talking about Recluce.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thor Arne

    One of the better ones.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Hurt

    Intriguing A cant put it down read.. Can't believe all the stories he has written what an amazing mind!!! Worth the time!!! Intriguing A cant put it down read.. Can't believe all the stories he has written what an amazing mind!!! Worth the time!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Rutherford

    Just finished a long trip to Recluse from the beginning chronologically to the end. It is quite a journey.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    Well this story was intense, and you are able to figure out which parts fall in where..

  29. 5 out of 5

    TK

    A very good book to end Lerris and Krystal's story, if bittersweet. A very good book to end Lerris and Krystal's story, if bittersweet.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Preachy Luddite

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