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Orphans of Chaos (Tor Fantasy)

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ISBN13: 9780765311313
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Publisher Comments:

John C. Wright burst onto the SF scene with the Golden Age trilogy. His next project was the ambitious fantasy sequence, The Last Guardians of Everness.

Wrights new fantasy is a tale about five orphans raised in a strict British boarding school who begin to discover that they may not be human beings. The students at the school do not age, while the world around them does.

The children begin to make sinister discoveries about themselves. Amelia is apparently a fourth-dimensional being; Victor is a synthetic man who can control the molecular arrangement of matter around him; Vanity can find secret passageways through solid walls where none had previously been; Colin is a psychic; Quentin is a warlock. Each power comes from a different paradigm or view of the inexplicable universe: and they should not be able to co-exist under the same laws of nature. Why is it that they can?

The orphans have been kidnapped from their true parents, robbed of their powers, and raised in ignorance by super-beings no more human than they are: pagan gods or fairy-queens, Cyclopes, sea-monsters, witches, or things even stranger than this. The children must experiment with, and learn to control, their strange abilities in order to escape their captors.

Review:

"At first glance, Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans — Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity and Amelia — each with a supernatural gift. But the underlying theme of dominance and submission plus a fair amount of physics and theology make this definitely a book for adults. A spanking scene involving the precocious Amelia Armstrong Windrose, who can travel into the fourth dimension, may offend some readers, but others will find it playful. Wright (Mists of Everness) doesn't fully develop the intriguing premise of these unusual students trapped in a school run by Greek gods as hostages in a bizarre war, but presumably he'll do so in later installments. Those who like sophisticated fantasy with a mild erotic charge will be most rewarded. Agent, Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

What if your teachers taught you everything-except who you really are?

 

For Amelia and her friends, the strict English boarding school she lives in is all she has ever known.  The sprawling estate, bordered by unknown territory on all four sides, is both orphanage, academy, and prison.  The school has a large staff, but only five students, none of whom know what their real names are, or even how old they are.

 

Precocious and rebellious, all five teenagers are more than just prodigies.  Amelia can see in four dimensions.  Victor can control the molecular arrangement of matter.  Vanity can find secret passageways where none existed before.  Colin is a psychic.  Quentin is a warlock.

 

And, as time goes by, they're starting to suspect that none of them are entirely human . . .

 

John C. Wright previous fantasy novels, the Epic Chronicles of Everness, were lavishly praised by both readers and reviewers.  Now he embarks on an ambitious new saga that explores the overlapping boundaries of science, mythology, and the imagination.

About the Author

JOHN C. WRIGHT, an attorney turned SF and fantasy writer, has published short fiction in Asimovs SF and elsewhere. This is his second fantasy novel, after The Last Guardian of Everness and the SF trilogy, The Golden Age.

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Orphan of Darkness, December 8, 2006 (view all comments by Orphan of Darkness)
i finished the book a week ago. it was so intense! THANK GOD there is a 2nd book: "Fugitives of Chaos". i never wanted Orphans of Chaos to end, but the good ones never last long unfortunetly. i wont give away any surprises but this book will leave you twitching in a corner for more. get out there and hunt this book down!!!!!!
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i finished the book a week ago. it was so intense! THANK GOD there is a 2nd book: "Fugitives of Chaos" i never want this book to end, but the good ones never last long unfortunetly. i wont give away any surprises but this book will leave you twitching in a corner for more. get out there and hunt this book down!!!!!!
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Orphan of Darkness, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by Orphan of Darkness)
i am reading the book now. i have not been this engrossed in book like i have in 4 years. im not done yet im only on chapter16. the entire story from beginning to end has not let my intrest of the book slip an inch. i love the way they try to find reasonable explinations to explain why they can do what they do. i never thoght i would find a writer close to the same imagination as mine. magnificent does not do this book justice in my opinion. the only bad thing about it is i read it well into 2 or 3 in the morning... i thnk thats bad.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765311313
Author:
Wright, John C.
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Boarding schools
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Super Heroes
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
The Chronicles of Chaos
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20051101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At first glance, Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans — Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity and Amelia — each with a supernatural gift. But the underlying theme of dominance and submission plus a fair amount of physics and theology make this definitely a book for adults. A spanking scene involving the precocious Amelia Armstrong Windrose, who can travel into the fourth dimension, may offend some readers, but others will find it playful. Wright (Mists of Everness) doesn't fully develop the intriguing premise of these unusual students trapped in a school run by Greek gods as hostages in a bizarre war, but presumably he'll do so in later installments. Those who like sophisticated fantasy with a mild erotic charge will be most rewarded. Agent, Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
What if your teachers taught you everything-except who you really are?

 

For Amelia and her friends, the strict English boarding school she lives in is all she has ever known.  The sprawling estate, bordered by unknown territory on all four sides, is both orphanage, academy, and prison.  The school has a large staff, but only five students, none of whom know what their real names are, or even how old they are.

 

Precocious and rebellious, all five teenagers are more than just prodigies.  Amelia can see in four dimensions.  Victor can control the molecular arrangement of matter.  Vanity can find secret passageways where none existed before.  Colin is a psychic.  Quentin is a warlock.

 

And, as time goes by, they're starting to suspect that none of them are entirely human . . .

 

John C. Wright previous fantasy novels, the Epic Chronicles of Everness, were lavishly praised by both readers and reviewers.  Now he embarks on an ambitious new saga that explores the overlapping boundaries of science, mythology, and the imagination.

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