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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.


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

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Roberta Maghouin, November 4, 2012 (view all comments by Roberta Maghouin)
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Scholar (The Imager Portfolio) by L. E. Modesitt
Tor Fantasy (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages

Another fine volume in The Imager Portfolio, 'Scholar' is set generations before the first previous books in this Universe. As with all Modesitt books it is lushly descriptive and has a series of credible and practical (but not entirely predicable) sub-plots.

Quaeryt is a scholar with a secret ��" he is also an Imager. As an adviser to the Lord of Telaryn he is sent to investigate why a large cohort of troops are still needed to occupy Tilbor, ten years after his sire conquered the area. Just getting there turns out to be an ordeal, with storms, pirates, a ship-wreck, reavers and poisoning. Once he arrives he discovers things are both better and worse than expected, and has to find his way to the bottom of plots and deceptions without revealing his imaging ability, and before any of several plotters do away with him.

The story does hold some surprises, most of which are neatly wound up by the end, but enough loose threads are left dangling that I'm anxiously looking forward to getting the next book in this sequence.

(*****) Five stars
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Modesitt, L. E., Jr.
Tor Books
L. E. Modesitt
Fantasy - Epic
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
The Imager Portfolio
Series Volume:
No. 4
Publication Date:
6.75 x 4.188 x 1.031 in

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