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Ordermaster (The Saga of Recluce #13)

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Ordermaster is the 13th book in the Saga of Recluce and the direct sequel to Wellspring of Chaos. The cooper Kharl has no sooner taken possession of the estate bestowed upon him by Lord Ghrant of Austra for his aid in quelling the revolt of Ghrant's dispossessed brother, when he is summoned back to the capital. Hagen, his friend the lord-chancellor, needs help in dealing w...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published January 2005)
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Andrew
I have read most of the books in Modesitt’s ‘Saga of Recluse’ novels, beginning with “The Magic of Recluse”. At first, I used to eagerly await each new novel, grabbing it as soon as it was available. I couldn’t wait to see what new details about this complex world that Modesitt has created. However, along the way, I found that the stories were becoming repetitive, and my interest lagged. When I read “Wellspring of Chaos”, I found it refreshing that it wasn’t a coming of age story, as so many of...more
Yune
A solid conclusion to Kharl's tale, showing him with the same reassuring solidity and sensibility despite his elevation to being a lord. Of more interest is his position as a mage, as he finds himself using his power more directly to shape the political landscape. I appreciated how he was able to revisit characters left behind in the previous book, Wellspring of Chaos, even though I'm not completely convinced by the courtship depicted here.

Definitely not the flashiest of the Recluce books, but a...more
Esoliken
Karl returns with his new home. Just as he's about to start on his new lands he's called in by the king. he's now forced to learn the things an order mage would have known long before his age. Soon he must return to reclaim what is left of his old life and bring it back to his new home.
Steven Allen
This author is the only one so far (other than Anne McCaffrey) that I enjoy reading a blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I have read quite a few of the Recluse books and was not aware that I was so behind in the series. I was also not aware that the author took an 10 year break writing other series, before returning to Recluse in 2011. Of course I always read these out of order but the author writes well enough that you can follow the story without being totally lost if you failed to read the previous...more
Steven Harper
After reading other titles, it took me a moment to set myself in the right mindset of where they part of the story fit within the others. Once that was done, it was a good read. SD
Aslan Davault
I loved this book!! I happened across this book without ever reading the other book in the series but that didn't change how amazing this book was. It had a good plot that sort of changes your mindset a little. I usually thought of black magic as destruction magic and white magic as healing magic, but not in this book. It is flipped around and you learn to think about things differently. Definitely a book to be read. Since i never read the books prior to this one in the series, i cant give much...more
Mike Paulhus
Another solid effort from Modesitt in his time honored mold of the struggle between order and chaos and the balance between the two. I must admit, I preferred this book among some of the others because it is a direct sequel to the previous book and continues the story line of kharl the cooper. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Gary
Mar 08, 2012 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: fantasy
"Nothing is ever as good as it was," Kharl said dryly. "Even when it wasn't that good."

Excellent sequel to "Wellspring of Chaos."

The 13th book in the Saga of Recluce series and Modesitt still keeps it intriguing. Reality was never this good, or dangerous.

Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Miles
As has been the case with nearly all of the Saga of Recluce novels, Modesitt shows a knack for bringing across a strongly developed, flawed but likable main character. All in all a good read, but I'd recommend Wellspring of Chaos, the preceding volume, before picking up this one.
Reid H
This was a fun and straightforward entry in the recluce saga. My favorite part was the non-traditional main character. Kharl the cooper was middle aged with a wife and children when the author started raining bad news down on him. Makes for a refreshing change.
Kim
The saga of Recluse is a great series, right up there with Tolkien. I thoroughly enjoy every new book expanding my knowledge of the fictional history of this fascinating land and the constant struggle for balance between chaos and order.
David
I accidentally read this book prior to the one that precedes it, which introduces the protagonist. I managed just fine and found this book to be an excellent addition to the Recluce series.
Pat
Kharl is one of my favorite Modesitt heroes.
Liz
Second verse, same as the first...
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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

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