VOYA - Marsha Valance
Modesitt once again creates a vivid chapter in his ongoing saga of Recluce, the land where Order and Chaos continually struggle for dominance. As the story opens, the reader discovers that the forces of Order, stranded on this world centuries ago after a starship crash, use ordered energies to terraform the world by force, so as to provide a power source from the resulting imbalance for the use of their children's children. Nylan the Smith, protagonist of Fall of Angels (Tor, 1996), who has left the Black Tower's warrior matriarchy to find a life of peace for his family, must channel the forces of Chaos and return the world to balance so that he and the others resisting Order's power-and in the long run, the world itself-can survive. As he does in all of his work, Modesitt skillfully interweaves with the nonstop action and the fast-moving plot, well-rounded characters, a compelling and believable alien world, and above all, philosophical discussions of power and the consequences of its misuse. Another fascinating example of world building, which adds to our understanding of Recluce, and a worthwhile addition to any YA collection. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
YA-This eighth book in this series continues the story of Nylan as he leaves Candar and the angels with his companion, Ayrlyn, to seek a new home and peace. In their travels, encounters with local inhabitants cause conflict as value systems clash. This book is an intricate part of the series and will be best understood and enjoyed by readers of the previous titles. It combines technology and the hierarchical and logical structure of science fiction with elements of magic and imaginary powers of fantasy.
Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Chronologically, the events here follow those of Fall of Angels (1996). Surrounded by aggressive macho cultures, the "angels" under Ryba have developed a clean and orderly but oppressive feminist dictatorship. Engineer, smith, and Order mage Nylan can no longer tolerate being used by Ryba as a stud and source of new weapons, so he departs with his son Weryl and his lover, the healer and singer Ayrlyn. But the male-dominated, expansionist empire of Cyador, with its unmatchable Chaos magic, must somehow be restrained; and so Nylan agreesreluctantlyto help the primitive, unwashed macho swaggerers of Lornth.
A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles.
From the Publisher
"A sturdy addition to a superior series." Kirkus
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The Angels of darkness made the Roof of the World their home, and after deceiving the followers of light who had eagerly welcomed them, they wielded the ancient and dreadful weapons of Heaven and vanquished those who rejoiced in the light.
In those first dark years, there were none at first among the dark ones who could descend to the lower lands and bear the heat, and the lords of mankind, their true daughters, and their consorts rejoiced that this was so.
For the angels of temptation bore blades that slashed through armor and loosed arrowheads that treated iron bucklers as if they were rotten wood, and they raised a mighty stronghold called Westwind, anchored on Tower Black, that rivaled Freyja in power. And the followers of light, who had ages earlier forsaken the powers of the heavens, relinquished the barren heights to the dark angels and their evil powers.
The dark angels were women who made a mockery out of hearth and home, who reviled men and laughed as they destroyed all the armies of the Westhorns sent against them, as they forced the great lords to heap dust and ashes upon their own heads and to bend their knees and pay tribute, and to stand helplessly as their daughters were tempted from their hearths and consorts.
Yet an even more deadly evil was to flow from the Roof of the World, and none knew it, from the mighty Nylan, smith of the angels, he who builded the Tower Black, he who forged the blades of night and the arrows of the storms.…
Colors of White
(Manual of the Guild at Fairhaven)
Copyright © 1997 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.