Imager

Imager

The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

Book - 2009
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An innovative and enchanting series that spans centuries and millennia in the refreshing Modesitt fashion that will delight his fans and new readers alike.

"Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building." -- RT Book Reviews

Rhennthyl, son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, has his entire life transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire, and Rhenn discovers he is an imager--one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who can visualize things and make them real.

Imager Portfolio is a magical world from the bestselling author of the Saga of Recluce.

The Imager Portfolio
#1 Imager / #2 Imager's Challenge / #3 Imager's Intrigue / #4 Scholar / #5 Princeps / #6 Imager's Battalion / #7 Antiagon Fire / #8 Rex Regis / #9 Madness in Solidar / #10 Treachery's Tools / #11 Assassin's Price (forthcoming)

Other series by this author:
The Saga of Recluce
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009.
ISBN: 9780765360076
9780765320346
0765320347
Characteristics: 432 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.

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May 17, 2011

This was another choice for our book club.It opened with a detailed city map in the opening pages, with streets named in a strange blend of Latin and French. And North off to the left. And then the story started, slowly, with a long list of characters being introduced - all with complicated names and relationships. Our Hero Rhennthyl, and his siblings Kethilda, Rousel, and Culthyn. Parents, servants, neighbours, friends, city officials. Many descriptions of the politics and ethics of his area, as well as the different ones from neighbouring states. Details of his own religion, and quotes from several sermons he hears. So much setup information that I started keeping notes. Possibly all needed later on in the series, I thought, but if this hadn't been well recommended, I would have bailed. I stuck it out, and around page 66, things picked up, so I stopped my note taking and started enjoying the story. We see what an Imager is, why that concerns the hero, how it relates to his society. He starts developing his skills, as well as sense of ethics, and widens his scope of knowledge.. Many of those early names seem to have disappeared - although I still have my list just in case. Yes, about 3/4 of the way through I decided I liked this enough to put a library hold on the next one in the series, "Imager's Challenge".

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