The Chaos Balance

by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Chaos Balance (Saga of Recluce #7) - L. E. Modesitt, Jr. 8.00   3

The 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.

The Chaos Balance is the seventh book of the saga of Recluce.


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Release date 1997
Details updated August 20, 2022

Saga of Recluce :: Series

Series contains 22 primary works and has 23 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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