Orphans of Chaos

The Chronicles of Chaos (Volume 1)

John C. Wright

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What if your teachers taught you everything–except who you really are?
 
For Amelia and her friends, the strict English boarding school she lives in is all she has ever known.  The sprawling estate, bordered by unknown territory on all four sides, is both orphanage, academy, and prison.  The school has a large staff, but only five students, none of whom know what their real names are, or even how old they are.
 
Precocious and rebellious, all five teenagers are more than just prodigies.  Amelia can see in four dimensions.  Victor can control the molecular arrangement of matter.  Vanity can find secret passageways where none existed before.  Colin is a psychic.  Quentin is a warlock.
 
And, as time goes by, they’re starting to suspect that none of them are entirely human . . .
 
John C. Wright previous fantasy novels, the Epic Chronicles of Everness, were lavishly praised by both readers and reviewers.  Now he embarks on an ambitious new saga that explores the overlapping boundaries of science, mythology, and the imagination.

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The Boundaries

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The estate grounds were, at once, our home, our academy, and our prison. We were outnumbered by campus staff, and by the imposing old Georgian and Edwardian edifices. There were more mares in the stables than there were students in the classrooms. It was only the five of us.

The estate was bound to the North by the Barrows, to the West by the sea cliff, to the East by the low, gray hills of the Downs. What bound us to the South is a matter of dispute.

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Colin claimed the forest was the only boundary to the South.

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“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

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JOHN C. WRIGHT lives in Centreville, Virginia.

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
October 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765349958
ISBN10: 0765349957
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429915632
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