The Chaos Balance

The Chaos Balance
Saga of Recluce #7
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
596 pages

continues the story of Nylan. He, his lover and a son leave Westwind. He ends up battling Cyador, which is the remnants of a Rationalist empire founded by long ago. Destroys Cyador by letting loose the forest of Daclos and he and Arylin become the first druids. A lot less whining. I think perhaps Modesitt realized it was overused? I don’t know, we’ll see how it is in future books.

Fall of Angels

Fall of Angels
Saga of Recluce #6
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
592 pages

explains the origins of the Westwinds, from which Recluce was born. Quite interesting. A starship of women from another universe appears. Some appear to be able to use Order. One man, Nylan [the main character], is the Ordermaster of this story. He comes with the women. More whining and complaining about how he hates that force is necessary. Just refuses to accept that some people will only submit to a greater application of force. That is the main flaw with this series, in my opinion. Modesitt harps [and man, if he was a woman, I’d say she bitches] about this over and over and over. Every single novel. I like the storyline, but not that part of it. I’ll keep reading, but no longer have any desire to try to buy these.

Death of Chaos

Death of Chaos
Saga of Recluce #5
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
640 pages

We come back to Lerris, from The Magic of Recluce. Hamor is slowly taking over the world with machined order. Technology not as good as Ordered Steel, but close enough. Because of that, free Chaos is gathering under Candar and getting ready to explode. Hamor wants to destroy Recluce. Lerris, along with Justen and Gunnar [and their wives] face the Hamorian fleet, give their lives [except Lerris and Krystal] and use up most of the Order [and hence the Chaos] available. Interesting but this whole balance thing, I’m not sure about it. Modesitt doesn’t explain it well enough, so one can’t judge what he is doing with it or if he is just making things up as he goes and gets away with it because the reader has no idea of the underlying rules [or lack thereof]. I plan on reading the rest though.

The Order War

The Order War
Saga of Recluce #4
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
598 pages

Introduces Justen the Grey, who we met in “The Magic of Recluce“. I really like how Modesitt started things off with “MoR” and then all the following novels have been the history leading up to it. This novel introduces the involvement of the druids, who serve a deeper balance than either just Order or Chaos. Good stuff!

The Magic Engineer

The Magic Engineer
Saga of Recluce #3
LE Modesitt, Jr
fantasy
3 stars
617 pages

how the Black ships of Recluce came into being. Even though these stories seem to follow a VERY predictable pattern and the characters all start out stubborn and headstrong, I find myself staying up to read as much as I can. I like this series.