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Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented.  Years of war have consolidated five nations into three--Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayars father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.

Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayars youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one.
 
Scholar is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.

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"Modesitt branches out from the original Imager trilogy (which concluded with Imager's Intrigue in 2010) with this somewhat sluggish political fantasy. Scholar Quaeryt Rytersyn is sent by Lord Bhayar of Telaryn to check into some anomalies occurring in the province of Tilbor. Quaeryt digs deeply into all aspects of the province and its people before he reaches the garrison, where he asks provocative questions while downplaying his own abilities — including his magical skill as an imager. Quaeryt never receives or seeks any specific orders on how to proceed; instead, he merrily awards himself the task of fixing all the problems he can find in Tilbor province, by murder and treachery if necessary. Modesitt piles on the details as various players jockey for power and political gain, but much of it is extraneous information that tends to drag between the bursts of high drama and action." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This new novel begins an all-new story arc in Modesitt's popular Imager Portfolio.

Synopsis:

This new novel begins an all-new story arc in Modesitt's popular Imager Portfolio.

Synopsis:

Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three—Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayars father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.

Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayars youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one.

 Scholar is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author L.E. MODESITT, JR., lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Judy Schultheis, November 23, 2011 (view all comments by Judy Schultheis)
I like this one very much.

The main character, Quaeryt, is young (29, though I notice another reviewer assumes he's a teenager), smarter than he wants most people to know, a former sailor, and an Imager - which could get him killed if the wrong people found out about it. He's had a more knockabout life than Rhennthyl, the hero of the previous Imager series, so isn't quite as full of himself; he is just as ruthless when someone in power is abusing it, though.

He happened to be educated at the same time and place as the current ruler of the country where Quaeryt lives (nobody knows where he was actually born, since he was found abandoned as a toddler). The ruler in question knows exactly how smart he is, and wants a useful advisor. Quaeryt is sent to investigate what is happening in a relatively newly conquered province, and the rest of the book is how he gets there, what he finds, and what he does about it.

I like the detail in it, because I like knowing the subtler reasons things happen.

Modesitt hasn't done the one thing that's always set my teeth on edge this time. I didn't find a single conversation where he repeatedly designated every character speaking by the color of his or her hair - I so much prefer them to be called by name.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765329554
Author:
Modesitt, L E Jr
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Modesitt, L. E., Jr.
Author:
L. E. Modesitt
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
No. 4 of 5
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.59 x 6.44 x 1.64 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Modesitt branches out from the original Imager trilogy (which concluded with Imager's Intrigue in 2010) with this somewhat sluggish political fantasy. Scholar Quaeryt Rytersyn is sent by Lord Bhayar of Telaryn to check into some anomalies occurring in the province of Tilbor. Quaeryt digs deeply into all aspects of the province and its people before he reaches the garrison, where he asks provocative questions while downplaying his own abilities — including his magical skill as an imager. Quaeryt never receives or seeks any specific orders on how to proceed; instead, he merrily awards himself the task of fixing all the problems he can find in Tilbor province, by murder and treachery if necessary. Modesitt piles on the details as various players jockey for power and political gain, but much of it is extraneous information that tends to drag between the bursts of high drama and action." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

This new novel begins an all-new story arc in Modesitt's popular Imager Portfolio.

"Synopsis" by ,
This new novel begins an all-new story arc in Modesitt's popular Imager Portfolio.
"Synopsis" by ,

Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three—Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayars father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.

Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayars youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one.

 Scholar is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.

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