Synopses & Reviews
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 with rebellious nobles. After a bloody campaign, in which Kharl discovers and is forced to use even more deadly order magery, civil order is restored and Ghrant's throne firmly secured. But Kharl is now a famous and feared public figure, the Lord's Mage, and his notoriety makes him uncomfortable.
To his surprise, Kharl is soon called upon again by Lords Ghrant and Hagen, this time to return to his homeland of Nordla as envoy, because Nordla has become the next target of Hamorian expansion. Back in his hometown of Brysta, he discovers that his old enemy Egen is engaged in a plot with the Hamorians to take the throne from his father and open Nordla to the enemy. Kharl has to find a solution, for the sake of both the land of his birth and his adopted new country.
"This tale of a humble artisan's rise to mageship will likely leave YA fantasy readers hungry for more." Publishers Weekly
Praise for Ordermaster
A VOYA selection for Best SF/Fantasy & Horror of 2004
“In this thirteenth novel in the Saga of Recluse [sic], Modesitts subtext is power and responsibility, explored both through the action-packed main plot and through Kharls legal studies . . . . This thoughtful work should appeal to all readers of fantasy.” --VOYA
“Spiked with the authors customary pop psychology and propelled by rapid-fire plot spurts, this tale of a humble artisans rise to mageship will likely leave YA fantasy readers hungry for more.”
“This sequel to Wellspring of Chaos continues the ever-enchanting history of a world in which and law and chaos form the basis for both magic and morality. Modesitts Recluce sagas derive their appeal from the evocation of reality in every detail of setting and character.”
“This is one of the better ones in this sequence, a nice mix of intrigue and overt actions. . .I was entertained throughout, and that is all I really was looking for.” -Chronicle
"This thoughtful work should appeal to all readers of fantasy." VOYA
"Continues the ever-enchanting history of a world in which and law and chaos form the basis for both magic and morality." Library Journal
"This is one of the better ones in this sequence, a nice mix of intrigue and overt actions." Chronicle
The 13th book in the Saga of Recluce finds Kharl quelling rebellious nobles and returning to his homeland of Nordla as envoy, because Nordla has become the next target of Hamorian expansion.
About the Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
was born in Denver, CO in 1943. In the years since, he has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association. In addition to his novels -- most notably the Recluce saga, Spellsong series and Corean Chronicles -- Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles (generally with boring titles), columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. He and his wife, a lyric soprano, make their home in Cedar City, UT.