The Order War : Saga of Recluce

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • Series: Saga of Recluce
  • 22 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio