This sequel to "The White Order" tells of the education of White Chaos wizard Cerryl and his rise to power in the magicians' guild of Fairhaven. This is a portrayal of the growth and change of character and of the strengths and weaknesses of an age-old civilization held together by the power of magic.
The biggest fantasy from L. E. Modesitt, Jr. to date, Colors of Chaos is the story of the White Chaos wizard Cerryl: his education in life and love, and his rise to power in the magicians guild of Fairhaven. This is the direct sequel to The White Order , which told of Cerryl's boyhood and youth, and takes place at the same time as the events in Modesitt's earlier novel, The Magic Engineer . Yet it stands alone, the longest Recluce novel, a portrayal of the growth and change of character and of the strengths and weaknesses of an age-old civilization held together by the power of magic. Ceryl, now a full mage in The White Order, must prove himself indispensible to Jeslek, the High Wizard. Whether through assassination, effective gorvernance of occupied territory or the fearless and clever direction of troops in battle, Ceryl faces many harrowing obstacles, not the least of which is Anya, the plotting seductress who's the real power behind the scenes of the white wizards. With his wits, his integrity, and the support of his love, the Black healer Leyladin, he must survive long enough to claim his rightful spot within the ruling heirarchy of the White Order. This is a must-read for followers of the Saga of Recluce, offering a unique, sympathetic point of view of the White Chaos wizards-the forces that throughout history have opposed the magicians of Recluce. Colors of Chaos is the ninth book in the saga of Recluce.
Modesitt has established himself with his Recluce series as one of the best '90s writers of fantasy. -- Vector Marked by high intelligence. A powerful, educated, serious, and understated imagination is plainly at work in this latest entry to a saga that is beginning to take on the complexity of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time cycle. -- Publishers Weekly Tour de force of characterization, Mr. Modesitt paints the other side of the picture, adding a rare depth and richness to what is already a landmark fantasy series. -- Romantic Times (four stars)
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Reviewed by Nicktee2002 from Johannesburg on 01 December 2006
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
Although we first met the White Wizard Ceryl in the book the Magic Engineer it wasn't until the White Order was published that his rise from orphan to white wizzard was chronicled.
In this book he is a white wizzard and the storyline is fully entertwined with the events of The Magic Engineer albeit from the viewpoint of Chaos.
I found it a super read as Ceryl tries to stay on step ahead of the machiavelian machinations of the guild, greedy traders and his fellow magicians.
I thought that the final chapters were somewhat unconvincing after the excellent development that had gone on before but satisfying none-the-less.
If you have not read any of the books from the Recluse Saga do yourself a favour and start now.