Modesitt is one of the best fantasy writers out there. He has the real knack of cementing his stories with the necessary details of life. His characters don't spend very much time fulfilling prophecies and being whisked willy-nilly through interdimensional portals, instead they stand guard duty and clean sewers and have to deal with the real problems of cleaning up a city after you've conquered it.
Colors of Chaos covers a lot of the same ground as the Magic Engineer, only this time from the point of view of Cerryl the white mage (whose boyhood had been covered in The White Order). My primary problem with this retelling was that it's been a while since I read the Magic Engineer, so I didn't have the best recollection of all the scenes so instead of getting a nice dual perspective, I got a nagging sense of 'have I read this before?'. Also, this was a first time with a Modesitt book that I've ever had a sense of the book being a little bit too long in places.
The ability of Modesitt to change the protagonists from black to white mages only highlights his ability to show both sides of a matter with balance and wisdom. Looking forward to the next.