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Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce) af L. E.…
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Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce) (original 1999; udgave 2000)

af L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Ceryl, now a full mage in The White Order, must prove himself indispensable to Jeslek, the High Wizard. Whether it be the threat of assassination, the effective governance 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 hierarchy of the White Order. Colors of Chaos is a must-listen 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.… (mere)
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Titel:Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce)
Forfattere:L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Info:Tor Fantasy (2000), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 816 pages
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Colors of Chaos af Jr. L. E. Modesitt (Author) (1999)

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continues the story of Cerryl. This is a counter-story to Dorrin's tales. Really interesting to see how a True White is committed to protecting the weak and seeing that all play fair. I thought that the two books involving Cerryl were some of the best in the Recluce Saga. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I like Colors of Chaos only marginally less than The White Order (although I do like it less.) It's much broader in scope, as the coming-of-age story turns into a more traditional clawing-up-the-heirarchy story. Modesitt does politics and intrigue tolerably well, although his villains are always a little nihilistic for me, and this is one of his better efforts in that direction.

The real interest in this book is that it's a direct companion to The Magic Engineer - same timeframe, same events, told from the perspective of the villains, more or less. While it doesn't exactly flip any of the main moral assumptions - the horrible acts are still horrible, even when their motivations are clearer, and the earlier book made just as much of the ends-or-means quandary the "good guys" are in - it does provide a much broader perspective than the earlier book, which was told from a person with basically a household-level view. Cerryl, the main character of this one, is at a senior officer/regional governor level, and his broader perspective adds quite a bit.

I'm not entirely satisfied, in the end, with the degree of moral relativism - I think making Cerryl "grey" sort of undercut the whole theory that the two sides are pretty equal - and I am always a little disturbed by the rather casual attitude towards human life a lot of the Recluce lead characters have, but this is a strong finish to an interesting exercise. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
I enjoyed this reading, though I never did have the chance to read any of the many books before Colors of Chaos. Since I did not know of Cerryl's earlier life (which was featured in an earlier book), some of the references were not as enjoyable but even so I liked the book. It was very slow reading it, but I would definitely recommend anyone that likes fantasy fiction dealing with medieval-age settings to read this. ( )
  DF1A_SarinaZ | Jan 21, 2010 |
Modesitt’s The Magic of Recluce was one of my first forays into fantasy, and while I gave up on Modesitt’s Spellsong series after the second book, and for me his science fiction has proven fairly uneven, I have generally enjoyed the subsequent Recluce books.

There are two things I particularly like about this author. First, he creates worlds in which conflict is driven by complicated and deep-seated economic, social, and demographic causes, not simply by evil guys trying to do bad things to innocents. This feels a lot like the real world. While the first seven books of the series all followed a protagonist from the Recluce/Black/Order side of this world, they generally faced just as many challenges from selfish and misguided people on their own side as from the Fairhaven/White/Chaos enemy. And so it felt reasonably natural when Book 8 of the series, The White Order, gave us the early adventures of a sympathetic white protagonist, Cerryl (much more so than had, say, Tolkien stuck in a couple of chapters about a noble orc). Colors of Chaos gives us the rest of Cerryl’s story, a white perspective on the same events Modesitt had described earlier in The Magic Engineer. Cerryl is a likable, if perhaps overly cautious fellow, who grows to view the geopolitical situation largely, and ultimately quite insightfully, in economic terms.

The second thing I really like about Modesitt’s books is that he also gives his protagonists hard decisions, ethical dilemmas that frequently call on them to choose between the lesser of several evils—and then these people have to live with the consequences of their choices. There’s very little “happily ever after.” Again, this feels much more like the real world than the challenges faced by most fantasy heroes.

Having said all that, there are a couple of things about Modesitt’s writing in general and in this book in particular that I’m not crazy about. The pacing tends to be slow (there was no good reason for this to be the longest Recluce book to date), and there is rarely any humor whatsoever. The economic structure of the world felt overly simplistic. For me, Cerryl ended up being a harsher and less sympathetic protagonist than his predecessors. There is also something quite repetitive about Modesitt’s novels; I always seem to feel like I’m reading the same book over and over again. The names may change, the places may change, and the era may change, but the personality of the protagonist, the way he views the world, and the overall shape of the story feels like a constant. ( )
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Ceryl, now a full mage in The White Order, must prove himself indispensable to Jeslek, the High Wizard. Whether it be the threat of assassination, the effective governance 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 hierarchy of the White Order. Colors of Chaos is a must-listen 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.

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