Wellspring of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #12) - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as ordered and dependable as his barrels. His trouble begins when he saves a neighbor's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer – a young expatriate mage – from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released – and his consort executed for the murder, which she did not commit. Egen again. Kharl ends up on the run, with just a handful of coins and a few clothes, but he also takes the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill.

Wellspring of Chaos is the twelfth book in the Recluce Saga and takes place roughly 60 years after the close of The Order War (Recluce #4). It is Modesitt at the top of his form, returning to his most famous fantasy world, yet does not require previous knowledge of Recluce to be enjoyed. It's publication is sure to be one of the fantasy milestones of the year.

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Release date: 2004
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.00/10
Total ratings: 2
Updated: August 14, 2021

Saga of Recluce :: Series

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.

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The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce #3)8.66
The Order War (Saga of Recluce #4)8.00
The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #5)8.00
Fall of Angels (Saga of Recluce #6)7.34
The Chaos Balance (Saga of Recluce #7)8.00
The White Order (Saga of Recluce #8)7.34
Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #9)6.66
Magi'i of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #10)6.66
Scion of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #11)
Wellspring of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #12)
Ordermaster (Saga of Recluce #13)8.66
Natural Ordermage (Saga of Recluce #14)8.00
Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce #15)
Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce #16)
Cyador's Heirs (Saga of Recluce #17)
Heritage of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #18)
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce #19)
Outcasts of Order (Saga of Recluce #20)
The Mage-Fire War (Saga of Recluce #21)8.20
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