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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 L.E. Modesitt (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Marked by high intelligence. A powerful, educated, serious, and understated imagination is plainly at work in this latest entry to a saga that is beginning to take on the complexity of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time cycle." ---Publishers Weekly

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favorite of the series!!!

thought I was going be bored with out because you already know how it ends from book 3 but I absolutely loved it!!!

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  • Arin
  • DOWNERS GROVE, IL, United States
  • 12-13-16

One of the best Recluce books

Cerryl's story is one of the all time best in this sequence. It gives us the White side of the equation for the first time, and us definitely one of the most interesting paths that a Modesitt protagonist follows. Highly recommended.

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Hmmm... Now who do you want to win?

What I find interesting about this book is that if you are reading/listening to the series in order, you have followed this same war from the other side. Modesitt does not do pure good vs evil but to now have a hero (as imperfect as each is, they are still the heroes) on both sides of the same battle is somewhat disturbing, or maybe thought provoking.
I am about to reach the point where I stopped reading this series and look forward to listening to the full tale. Kirby Heyborne helps keep the story going for me.

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  • Rob C
  • 01-13-18

Excellent reading of an excellent book.

i really enjoyed this reading of this book. The narrator was able to bring the story and characters to life. Highly recommend

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  • Adam
  • 11-21-16

nice to see it from the other side

if you have read this series from a the order of book release they have to date always been focused on the story from the black view point ... making the white seem evil and dark ... this story shows from the white view point where all its not how the blacks view the white

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  • Colin A. Mcgee
  • 05-21-14

a good story

It held my attention and kept me interested in who was doing what with whom and where. I liked the development of the main character and his growth both in position and wisdom.
I agree with an earlier comment that sometimes the sound effects of arrows flying or doors being knocked were a little distracting.

On the whole a fun book and most enjoyable.

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  • Moosebite
  • 07-07-18

Another solid book in the Recluce series.

Although I've loved every book in the series so far, this is one of my favourites. It felt a little like Modessit's Imager series at times, too, which actually worked well for the characters.

The characters were well developed and complex, as usual. Authentic development and interactions of characters are one of Modessit's strengths, and this book delivers in truckloads. It's also a very 'big feeling' book, in scope and plot, which gives an intriguing new perspective on the ever-unfolding world of Candar.

If you enjoy the other Recluse books, then you'll love this. Read The White Order first, and this book will reward you all the way through.