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
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When their spaceship crashed in the chill reaches of the Roof of the World on the planet Candor, the wizardly weaponsmith Nylan saved his fellow "angels" by building the Tower Black, a refuge and fortress. Now Ryba, the angel leader and self-proclaimed "Marshal of Westwind," orders Nylan to make swords for her growing band of women warriors. Nylan has no stomach for the coming violence, however. With his lover, the healer Ayrlyn, and their infant son, Weryl, he sets out for more peaceful climes, only to be recruited by the regents of Lornth, who are threatened by the powerful rival kingdom of Cyador. Although the novel's opening tension arises from concern over the crude treatment of women in Candorian society, the book winds up focusing on Nylan's reluctant assumption of command as skirmishes between Lornth and Cyador escalate. In the end, a patch of wild land, the Accursed Forest, proves key as Nylan and Ayrlyn struggle to balance the forces of order and chaos that threaten to tear the world apart. Modesitt's many fans will enjoy this seventh entry (after Fall of Angels) in his Recluce series, as will any reader who relishes intricate plotting, sympathetic characters and action galore.