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Set after the events of The Magic Engineer (and prior to The Magic of Recluce), The Order War illuminates great figures and major events in the historic war between order and chaos that is the central focus of the saga of Recluce.

The deadly White Wizards of Fairhaven, wielding the forces of chaos, have completed their great highway through the Westhorns and now threatened the ancient matriarchy of Sarronnyn, the last bastion of order in Candar. The ruler of Sarronnyn appeals to the Black order wizards of Recluce for help.

Justen - a young Black Engineer in the city of Nylan - joins the relief force. Despite their success in destroying more than half the White armies, Sarronnyn falls to the White Wizards, and Justen is chased into the most inhospitable desert in Candar. These trials are but the beginning, for the White Wizards have all Candar in their grasp. Justen must fight both Recluce and Fairhaven, as well as the highest powers of order and the forbidden technology to harness chaos itself in his efforts to halt the conquest of the chaos wizards.

©1995 L.E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Modesitt creates a deeper and more intricate world with each volume." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2014

Note to the Producer: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!!!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing--I loved reading the book and the series. I found listening to the series up to this point an annoying experience.

What didn’t you like about Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

This actor is great at reading but should keep to that. He is great at producing some pretty annoying sound effects.

Any additional comments?

I am a 51 year old physician. Most people who listen to audio books are not those who enjoy listening to sound effects aimed at 8 to 10 year old children. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. I can imagine what a horse sounds like (though the ones in this book sound more like a braying jackass), I've heard an explosion. I have never heard chaos moving--but I too can burp. I am surprised the producer didn't have Mr. Heyborne attempt to reproduce the midnight sounds of coitus after a long day in the wood shop.

I keep thinking this great science fiction / fantasy series would cease this onslaught of infantile idiocy after all of the negative remarks and reviews the sound effects have received. Apparently they have fallen upon deaf ears (listening to too many of the same sound effects I have perhaps?). If enough of us ask for our money back and cite this as the reason why, perhaps the producer will get the message.

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  • Cliff
  • 21-01-2014

If you liked the previous books you'll like this.

The reason you will like it is that the author keeps writing basically the same story over and over again. The only difference is tha the protagonist volunteers to leave and help rather tahn getting the boot like those in the other books so far. Still, the formula works and the author does a great job of it. So, it is just as satisfying as others in the series. Moreso, because I was very interested in the story of Justin and Gunner.

The narrarator does a good job and doesn't do as many sound effects which is good for me. Overall it is a satisfying, if a bit predictable read. The story (like the others) starts off pretty slow but rapidly picks up once the protagonist is off of recluse. It is definitely worth a credit.

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  • G. Parish
  • 28-04-2018

The Grey Wizard

This book is a necessary piece of this world. Having said that, the book is a bit slower than some of the other ones. This particular book, however, adds so much depth to the world of Recluse that it is not to be missed.

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  • Alice Herold
  • 27-03-2017

War and devistation

Amazing battle scenes with crazy combinations of physics and magic. Not as heart wrenching as others in the series. Another peek into the world of Recluse. Narrator got too loud and too quiet.

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  • tomtomtiger
  • 25-03-2017

good

I truly in joy this author his books bring wonder . I have listen to all and am returning through them I. time line order great story

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  • Martin Wallgren
  • 24-05-2016

Not engaging

I don't know why, but I never got interested in the characters. As soon as I understood that it was about Justin I was thrilled, but very quickly I lost interest.

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  • Isaac Fox
  • 07-11-2015

Amazing

Truly added a new dimension to the ongoing saga. Fabulously written and flawlessly performed. A stimulating and thought-provoking journey.

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  • Marie McConkey
  • 28-10-2015

love the balance!

read these books years ago when the came out. now addicted to audio and rediscovering lost friends. I find these books even more now than in college. love the order chaos balance.

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  • James
  • 12-04-2015

great story line.... good to get the back story.

good. to get more on the prequel /back story... Covered a lot of the missing and unkno2

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  • Teresa
  • 22-02-2015

Another great story in Recluse Saga!

L E Modesitt doesn't let fans down with this episode. Story moved a bit slow in some of the battle scenes, but that could just be my own preferences as a reader. As a metalsmith, I especially appreciate the scientific research that has gone into writing the story. Another great "read"!
I really appreciate the narration of Kirby Heybourne, too. I could listen to him read any book, really. His range of voices is spectacular, speed, cadence & overall performance is fantastic. A great experience all around.

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  • Julius
  • 28-06-2016

another great story in the saga of recluce

i have started reading the saga 8 or 10 years ago. and still is following it today. 😊