Orphans of Chaos

Orphans of Chaos

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Five orphans, raised in a strict British boarding school, discover they are not ordinary human beings. They do not age, while the world outside does. Amelia is apparently a fourth-dimensional being; Victor can control the molecular arrangement of matter around him; Vanity can find secret passageways through solid walls where none had previously been; Colin is a psychic; Quentin is a warlock. Each power comes from a different paradigm or view of the inexplicable universe - and they should not be able to co-exist. The orphans have been kidnapped from their true parents, robbed of their powers and memories, and raised in ignorance by super-beings: pagan gods, fairy-queens, Cyclops, sea-monsters, witches, or things even stranger. Can the children learn to control their strange abilities and escape their captors?
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 96.5 x 167.6 x 25.4mm | 136.08g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765349957
  • 9780765349958
  • 312,627

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"Fascinatingly, dazzlingly.erudite fantasy." "An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author's imagination." "A bit like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto." "Wright's "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy." " Fascinatingly, dazzlingly... erudite fantasy." " An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author' s imagination." " A bit like C.S. Lewis' s Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto." " Wright''s "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy." " Fascinatingly, dazzlingly ... erudite fantasy. " " An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author ' s imagination. " " A bit like C.S. Lewis ' s Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto. " " Wright''s Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. " "Fascinatingly, dazzlingly...erudite fantasy." "Wright''s "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy." -- Sherwood Smith "Wright''s Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy." -- Sherwood Smith Wright''s Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. -- Sherwood Smith -Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans--Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift.- --Publishers Weekly on Orphans of Chaos-Wright's Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did.- --Sherwood Smith-A bit like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto.- --Locus on Orphans of Chaos-I don't know if John Wright's intent for Orphans of Chaos was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that's what he's accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable.- --SFsite-An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author's imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property.- --Chronicle on Orphans of Chaos-Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author of the astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly...erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce.- --Kirkus, starred review on Orphans of Chaos "Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans--Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift." --Publishers Weekly on Orphans of Chaos"Wright's Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did." --Sherwood Smith"A bit like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto." --Locus on Orphans of Chaos"I don't know if John Wright's intent for Orphans of Chaos was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that's what he's accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable." --SFsite"An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author's imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property." --Chronicle on Orphans of Chaos"Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author of the astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly...erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce." --Kirkus, starred review on Orphans of Chaos Wright s myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift. "Publishers Weekly on Orphans of Chaos" Wright's "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did. "Sherwood Smith" A bit like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto. "Locus on Orphans of Chaos" I don't know if John Wright's intent for "Orphans of Chaos" was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that's what he's accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable. "SFsite" An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author's imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property. "Chronicle on Orphans of Chaos" Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author of the astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce. "Kirkus, starred review on Orphans of Chaos"" "Wright's myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans--Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift." -"Publishers Weekly" on "Orphans of Chaos""" "Wright's "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did." -Sherwood Smith "A bit like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto." -"Locus" on "Orphans of Chaos" "I don't know if John Wright's intent for "Orphans of Chaos" was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that's what he's accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable." --"SFsite" "An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author's imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property." --"Chronicle" on "Orphans of Chaos" "Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author of the astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce." -"Kirkus," starred review on "Orphans of Chaos"" "Wright's Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy."--Sherwood Smith " Wright ' s myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans -- Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift. " - Publishers Weekly on Orphans of Chaos & nbsp; " Wright's Orphans of Chaos is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy.& nbsp; Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did. " - Sherwood Smith & nbsp; " A bit like C.S. Lewis ' s Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto. " - Locus on Orphans of Chaos & nbsp; " I don ' t know if John Wright ' s intent for Orphans of Chaos was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that ' s what he ' s accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable. " -- SFsite & nbsp; " An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author ' s imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property. " -- Chronicle on Orphans of Chaos & nbsp; " Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author ofthe astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly ... erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce. " - Kirkus, starred review on Orphans of Chaos " Wright' s myth-infused fantasy looks like something older Harry Potter fans might enjoy with its creaky British boarding school setting and its five ageless orphans-- Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia each with a supernatural gift." - "Publishers Weekly" on "Orphans of Chaos""" " Wright's "Orphans of Chaos" is a stylish roller-coaster ride through the best loops and swerves of science fiction and fantasy. Zelazny lovers in particular ought to love this book as much as I did." - Sherwood Smith " A bit like C.S. Lewis' s Chronicles of Narnia updated by half a century, but with more gusto." - "Locus" on "Orphans of Chaos" " I don' t know if John Wright' s intent for "Orphans of Chaos" was to write a Harry Potter for grownups. But that' s what he' s accomplished. . . .highly enjoyable." --"SFsite" " An exciting, unusual, and very satisfying ride through the author' s imagination, and the results are certainly going to make Wright even more of a hot property." --"Chronicle" on "Orphans of Chaos" " Start of a complex mythology-based series from the author of the astonishing far-future Golden Age trilogy . . . . Fascinatingly, dazzlingly... erudite fantasy that trends inexorably toward science fiction; addicts will pounce." - "Kirkus," starred review on "Orphans of Chaos" "Praise for The Last Guardian of Everness" "At times it feels like an arch collaboration between Samuel Beckett (for comic Godot despair) and Gilbert & Sullivan (pirate silliness), working with Lewis Carroll and J. M. Barrie . . . Yet Wright can approach the true uncanny unease, fearful ugliness, and lucent beauty of dream. Then the tale . . . wings forward with inventive impulse, genuinely captivating, a little reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's strangely successful reworking of Russian folklore, Enchantment. . . . [it] is by turns ingenious, absurd, disturbing, elevated, and even moving."-"Locus""Already regarded as one of the best science fiction writers of the last decade for his stirring Golden Age trilogy, John C. Wright proves he has the right stuff to write exciting modern day epic fantasy with the terrific "The Last Guardian of Everness."""-Midwest Book Review" "The author of The Golden Age begins a new series set in the world of today but tinged with the world of fairy and myth. For most fantasy collections.""-Library Journal" "Fans of John C. Wright's SF trilogy will welcome his thought-provoking fantasy debut.""-Publishers Weekly" "Praise for The Golden Transcendence" "Concluding the extraordinary far-future space opera begun with "The Golden Age "(2002) and continued with "The Phoenix Exultant ." . . ["The Golden Transcendence" is] set forth with such effortless intelligence and confident verisimilitude that the author might be a denizen of the remote future, reporting back to us in the distant past."-"Kirkus Reviews" "John C. Wright sends his hero on a brilliant and surreally glittering voyage like a Sinbad of the distantfuture."-Phyllis Gotlieb "A mind-bending Technicolor tale straying into future myth with bags of "sensawunda," and no shortage of the weird."-Neal Asher "Praise for The Phoenix Exultant" "This is as epic a saga as you're likely to get . . . realized here with an attention to detail and plausibility that set it in a class of its own."--"SFRevu" "John Wright is a stunning new talent. His vivid worlds are filled with wonder and dread, tension and hope."--David Brin, author of" Kiln People" "Wright's extraordinary far-future space opera continues. . . . Witty, inventive, labyrinthine, with a life-sized cast, Wright's creation - something like Alexander Jablokov meets Charles Sheffield, with a dash of Gene Wolfe - grows steadily more addictive.""-Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review) "Praise for The Golden Age ""Bursting with kaleidoscopic imagery, Wright's first novel chronicles the quest of a far-future everyman in his journey of self-discovery. Reminiscent of the panoramic novels of Arthur C. Clarke, Iain Banks, and Jack Vance, this allegorical space opera belongs in most SF collections.""-Library Journal" "Dazzling . . . Wright may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent."-"-Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
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About John C. Wright

JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.
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1,875 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 27% (503)
4 32% (596)
3 25% (472)
2 9% (177)
1 7% (127)
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