Wellspring of Chaos
"An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world." —Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® series
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 r...more
I read my first L.E. Modesitt Jr. book back in the early nineties, right around the same time Robert Jordan was getting popular. My first thought, upon seeing The Magic of Recluce, was that Modesitt looked like a Jordan clone. He had the same cover artist, same publisher, and same general “feel.” I read the book, and found it interesting, but wasn’t overwhelmed.
During the next ten years, however, I grew increasingly impressed with Modesitt as a writer. He took a ...more
Recluce is certainly mentioned as are the after effe ...more
the standard fare though this time with an older lower class man discovering he is a powerful mage...
for some reason the hero doesn't really work that well, at least in comparison with other duologies
A different approach in a familiar style, this is one of my favourites in the Recluce saga. It is probably the most unpredictable so far as well, which gives it a different feel to most of the others.
The characters are excellent, as usual, except I think they are even better than usual in this book. The trials of the hero character were authentic and painful to endure as a reader at times. I felt angry and frustrated at the injustices, and once or twi ...more
This book starts with a bang, then settles into its main narrative. It seemed like there was less whining than in some of the books, and more action. I hope we return to Kharl's story (have not ...more
Collectively the Recluce series builds a cohesive worl ...more
Like all of the Recluse novels this one is ...more
Modesitt does fall into familiar patterns in all his Recluce books, but each distinguishes itself in varying ways. The mundane tradecraft hasn't been new since the first book in the series, ele ...more
So, why the three stars if I enjoyed it so much? Well, I need a certain mood to read books from this series. I need the patience to wait while Modesitt makes his way to the ultimate conclusion. I need to want to be comfort ...more
Writing most of them out of chronological order is a very interesting way to do a series.
I have noticed that each book seems to have characters that learn new ways to manipulate order and/or chaos. I am looking forward to finding out what the limits of order/chaos use may be without artificial enhancements.
This series gets better with each book. I am looking forward to the rest of them.
Karhl the Cooper keeps getting these increasingly bad breaks. He escapes and things start getting better for him as he begins to understand his ordered nature.
Fun read, if you haven't read any of them, start with the Magic of Recluse.
I found this book to be among the better stories in the series I've read so far. The main character is better developed and is more sympathetic. He's not just a Boy Scout with nothing really bad ever happening to him - as many of the protagonists in this series are written.
This book is one in a series, but it can easily be read on its own.
I gave this book four stars more for the series, and not relative to other books.
He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u ...more