Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ordermaster, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Ordermaster, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Ordermaster is the immediate sequel to Wellspring of Chaos picking up right where the last one left off. The two books together tell the tale of our hero Kharl; the split between then is fairly arbitrary, though. The first third of the second volume chronicles the aftermath of the war detailed in the earlier book, then it moves into a completely different story. I suppose if the tale was split at the more logical spot the first book would have been too large for the major bookstores and this one not long enough. Conformity is everything these days, after all!

The author has some quotes I really like in this book. “Lord Ghrant’s biggest problem is that he doesn’t look or talk like a leader. He’s not out making free with every girl, and he’s not lining his pockets with everyone else’s coins.” And I thought I was a cynic about politicians! Later Modesitt confirms his pessimism with a passage I really liked. “Don’t expect people to do more at their best than you at your worst, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised in life.” While it doesn’t exactly espouse the idea of expecting the most out of others, they are certainly words to live by. Finally, a long passage that said much more eloquently what I attempted earlier : “Law is a necessary evil. With it, matters are never what they should be. Without it, they are inevitably worse.” Yup.

First Sentence:
“You sure you’d not be wanting more, ser?”

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