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Ordermaster

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

December 28, 2004 | Hardcover

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Ordermaster 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 496 pages, 3.74 × 2.52 × 0.63 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765312131

ISBN - 13: 9780765312136

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Ordermaster

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 496 pages, 3.74 × 2.52 × 0.63 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765312131

ISBN - 13: 9780765312136

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Chapter One "You sure you''d not be wanting more, ser?" The ample Adelya stood in the archway from the kitchen to the breakfast room. Kharl smiled as he eased back the straight-backed oak chair and stood. He glanced down at the green-trimmed white plate---it was the plain china---on which remained a half slice of egg toast. "More, Adelya? I couldn''t finish everything you cooked. It''s been a long time since I''ve eaten so well." That wasn''t quite true. He''d eaten that well as Lord Ghrant''s guest in Dykaru, but, he reflected, he''d never eaten under his own roof as he had for the last two eightdays. He still had trouble believing that he was lord of Cantyl. He''d studied the figures laid out in the ledger by Speltar, the estate steward, and seen and counted the golds in the strong room below. He was wealthy, if modestly so by the standards of lords, and that was something he''d never expected, never dreamed. Not for a man who had been a cooper in Brysta most of his life, and a carpenter''s assistant on the Seastag after he''d been forced into exile by Lord West''s son Egen. From that exile had come all the events---and the magely talents---that had led him to become lord and master of Cantyl and its lands. Cantyl was a modest estate, as estates went, roughly some ten kays by five, with timberlands and vineyards, enough fertile ground to provision the lands, and more than a few rugged and rocky hills. There were a handful of fruit trees on the slope south of the main house,
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Ordermaster 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.

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.

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A VOYA selection for Best SF/Fantasy & Horror of 2004

"In this thirteenth novel in the Saga of Recluse [sic], Modesitt's subtext is power and responsibility, explored both through the action-packed main plot and through Kharl's legal studies . . . . This thoughtful work should appeal to all readers of fantasy." --VOYA

"Spiked with the author's customary pop psychology and propelled by rapid-fire plot spurts, this tale of a humble artisan's rise to mageship will likely leave YA fantasy readers hungry for more."
-Publishers Weekly

"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. Modesitt's Recluce sagas derive their appeal from the evocation of reality in every detail of setting and character."
--Library Journal

"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
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