The Death of Chaos

by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #5) - L. E. Modesitt, Jr. 8.00   4

The best-selling fantasy saga of Recluce began five years ago with the story of Lerris, the young magician, in The Magic of Recluce... Now Modesitt returns to take up the story of Lerris once again, in the biggest and most enthralling Recluce novel yet.

Lerris has settled down as a carpenter in Kyphros, where his wife, Krystal, is the sub-commander of the autarch's military forces. His fellow apprentice from Recluce, Tamra, now travels with the Gray Wizard Justen. Justen is over two hundred years old and is the wizard who destroyed the White Empire and the city of Fairhaven (as chronicled in The Order War), though as great cost.

But the whole world is in turmoil, not only from friction between the island of Recluce and the continent of Candar, but now the distant Empire of Hamor has sent invading forces across the ocean, as they have twice in the historic past – and this time they mean to conquer the world. Gradually, but ever more deeply, Lerris is drawn back into action and forced to exercise and strengthen his magical powers to become the greatest wizard of all time – or see his whole world destroyed.

The Death of Chaos is the culmination of the saga of Recluce thus far.


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Release date 1995
Details updated August 20, 2022

Saga of Recluce :: Series

Series contains 23 primary works and has 24 total works.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s bestselling fantasy novels set in the magical world of Recluce are among the most popular in contemporary fantasy. Each novel tells an independent story that nevertheless reverberates though all the other Recluce novels to deepen and enrich the reading experience. As Publishers Weekly says, “Modesitt creates a complex world based on a plausible system of magic and peopled with engaging and realistic characters.” Rich in detail, the Recluce books are a feast of wondrous marvels.

The Magic of Recluce (Saga of Recluce #1) 9.00   6
The Towers of the Sunset (Saga of Recluce #2) 7.50   4
The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce #3) 8.66   3
The Order War (Saga of Recluce #4) 8.00   3
The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #5) 8.00   4
Fall of Angels (Saga of Recluce #6) 7.34   3
The Chaos Balance (Saga of Recluce #7) 8.00   3
The White Order (Saga of Recluce #8) 7.34   3
Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #9) 6.66   3
Magi'i of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #10) 6.66   3
Scion of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #11) 7.00   2
Wellspring of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #12) 8.00   2
Ordermaster (Saga of Recluce #13) 8.66   3
Natural Ordermage (Saga of Recluce #14) 8.00   3
Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce #15) 8.00   2
Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce #16) 6.00   2
Cyador's Heirs (Saga of Recluce #17) 8.00   1
Heritage of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #18) 8.00   1
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce #19) N/A
Outcasts of Order (Saga of Recluce #20) 8.00   2
The Mage-Fire War (Saga of Recluce #21) 8.20   5
Fairhaven Rising (Saga of Recluce #22) 8.00   2
Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce N/A

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