Wellspring of Chaos

Wellspring of Chaos

A Recluce Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
After rescuing a neighbor's daughter from a violent attack by two aristocrats and finding a rape victim, a young expatriate mage, Kharl, the finest cooper in Brysta, discovers that he has run afoul of Egen, the corrupt and evil son of the local ruler, who embarks on a vicious campaign against him, leading Kharl on a perilous quest that brings him face to face with the mysteries of magical power.

McMillan Palgrave
Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as ordered and dependable as his barrels. His trouble begins when he saves a neighbor's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer -- a young expatriate mage -- from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released--and his consort executed for the murder, which she did not commit. Egen again. Kharl ends up on the run, with just a handful of coins and a few clothes, but he also takes the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill.

Wellspring of Chaos is the twelfth book in the Recluce Saga and takes place roughly 60 years after the close of The Order War (Recluce #4). It is Modesitt at the top of his form, returning to his most famous fantasy world, yet does not require previous knowledge of Recluce to be enjoyed. It's publication is sure to be one of the fantasy milestones of the year.


Holtzbrinck
Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as ordered and dependable as his barrels. His trouble begins when he saves a neighbor's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer -- a young expatriate mage -- from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released--and his consort executed for the murder, which she did not commit. Egen again. Kharl ends up on the run, with just a handful of coins and a few clothes, but he also takes the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill.

Wellspring of Chaos is the twelfth book in the Recluce Saga and takes place roughly 60 years after the close of The Order War (Recluce #4). It is Modesitt at the top of his form, returning to his most famous fantasy world, yet does not require previous knowledge of Recluce to be enjoyed. It's publication is sure to be one of the fantasy milestones of the year.
Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as ordered and dependable as his barrels. His trouble begins when he saves a neighbor's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley, a blackstaffer -- a young expatriate mage -- from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been Egen, the cruel and corrupt son of the local ruler. When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in Kharl's cooperage, Kharl is jailed, tried, and flogged, and in a shocking turnaround released--and his consort executed for the murder, which she did not commit. Egen again. Kharl ends up on the run, with just a handful of coins and a few clothes, but he also takes the slain woman's black staff and her book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. The diligent cooper is about to learn a new, very different skill.

Wellspring of Chaos is the twelfth book in the Recluce Saga and takes place roughly 60 years after the close of The Order War (Recluce #4). It is Modesitt at the top of his form, returning to his most famous fantasy world, yet does not require previous knowledge of Recluce to be enjoyed. It's publication is sure to be one of the fantasy milestones of the year.


Blackwell North Amer
Over the course of eleven previous volumes, Recluce has become one of the most beloved, and lovingly detailed, of all imaginary worlds.
Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, one of the major cities in Nordla, and his life has been as snug and regular as his barrels. But in the course of just a few days, it's all staved in. The trouble begins when he saves a neighbor's daughter from the violent advances of two upper-class men. Then he rescues an actual rape victim he finds unconscious in an alley. She's a blackstaffer - a young expatriate mage - from Recluce, and that makes his wife very uneasy. The culprit in both cases turns out to have been the local ruler's cruel and corrupt son, Egen, who has no qualms about exploiting his position as Captain of the Watch.
When the blackstaffer is mysteriously murdered in the cooperage, Kharl is summarily jailed, and then, in a shocking turnaround at the trial, his innocent consort is blamed for the killing and quickly executed. Egen again. Slowly recovering from the brutal flogging he was subjected to before being released, Kharl can only mourn his wife and watch as his business dries up and his sons leave. He ends up destitute and on the run, but he does take the slain woman's black staff, and the book, The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power.
Kharl discovers that he can use the black staff to combat magic, and that he needs to, because a white wizard allied with Egen is stalking and murdering young women, and seeking Kharl. Fleeing Nordla, Kharl becomes a sailor. Each port he visits opens new views of life - and of the magical talents he wants to deny, until he is forced to face the responsibilities they entail. Eventually, in the middle of a civil war in Austra, he must stake his life on a single decision that will affect the outcome of the greatest battle fought in generations.

Baker
& Taylor

After rescuing a neighbor's daughter from a violent attack by two aristocrats, Kharl, the finest cooper in Brysta, discovers that he has run afoul of Egen, the corrupt and evil son of the local ruler.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765309075
0765309076
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Mod
Characteristics: 400 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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