The Chaos Balance

The Chaos Balance HC The Chaos Balance ARCThe saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has become one of the standard works of fantasy in the 1990s. VOYA says, "Modesitt's logical structure of the interrelationship of order and chaos, magic and technology, is one of the most through in modern fantasy. The personal growth of his characters and the depiction of their world, it well-written and credible - and involves the reader... The serious fantasy reader will revel in Modesitt's work." Launched with The Magic of Recluce, the novels of Recluce have gone on to sell over a million copies in paperback.

The most recent of the Recluce novels, Fall of Angels, introduced the engineer/smith Nylan, the only man among the leadership of the company of "angels" marooned on a high plateau in the west of Candar, and perhaps the one person most responsible for their survival. But the angels are a matriarchal band, and so Nylan must leave his companions and seek a life elsewhere. He travels down from the plateau into the world of warring kingdoms and strange magics with his companion, Ayrlyn, the healer, and his infant son. They are in search of a place to lead a peaceful life, but they look different from the locals, and their talents are most valued in battle - and so the war between chaos and order begins again.


Praise for The Chaos Balance

"Modesitt once again creates a vivid chapter in his ongoing saga of Recluce. 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

The TOR Fall 1997 catalog page
Review from Sense of Wonder, April/May 1998