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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076536090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765360908
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Imager Portfolio features some of the best characters Modesitt has ever created, real enough to make you consider what you'd do in their places. (Booklist on Imager’s Challenge)

Modesitt writes some of the most interesting characters in fantasy. He is a master of developing young heroes. Fans of the author's Recluce and Corean series will enjoy [the Imager Portfolio]. (SFRevu)

[Modesitt is] one of the genre's most accomplished detailers of the social and political complexities of wielding power. (Library Journal on Imager’s Challenge)

If you are looking for a character-driven book (with a bit of mystery) that is well written and believable, and spends time examining people's motivations, then this book is very much for you. (Fantasybookreviewer on Imager)

There are strong female characters as is the norm for Modesitt's novels. The women he develops don't need to be masculine to be strong. . . . Mr. Modesitt's fans will not be disappointed. Fans of David Farland should find this work enjoyable as well. It is odd to call something realistic fantasy, but in this case it works. There are definite laws that are followed and a realistic economic system. The government that is developed is a reaction to the world built upon the actions of others in the past. There is a little bit of a mystery to be solved in this story as well. . . . I look forward to the next volume and I am sure many of you will too. (SFRevu on Imager)

The prolific Modesitt kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting-think Victorian times without the pollution. . . . Modesitt's capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished. (Kirkus Reviews on Imager)

Modesitt has drawn a world intriguing enough by itself and thoroughly integrated the magic of imaging into it. The characters are real people, learning and struggling and dealing with their families. Rivetingly beginning a new series, Imager Portfolio, this is thoroughly absorbing, whetting the appetite for the next installment. (Booklist on Imager)

Excelling in his characterizations and the verisimilitude of his world building, the author of the long-standing "Recluce" novels and the "Spellsong Cycle" crafts an intriguing series opener about the magic of creation and perception that should find a place in most fantasy collections. (Library Journal on Imager)

Meticulous worldbuilding . . . . The world is fascinating, and the Imagers themselves are extraordinary. (RT Bookreviews on Imager)

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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
You may recall that I really enjoyed L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s Imager a while back, going so far as to claim that the book could well be the best and most accessible series' opener the author ever came up with. The sequel remained on my "books to read" pile for months, and I knew it was high time to finally give it a shot. So I brought it with me when I left for South America.

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Imager's Challenge takes up immediately after the conclusion of Imager. Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the Commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium, and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city. Second, Rhenn receives formal notice that one of the High Holders, the father of a man Rhenn partly blinded in self-defense, has declared his intention to destroy Rhenn and his family.

Rhenn's only allies are the family of the girl he loves, successful merchants with underworld connections. In the end, Rhenn must literally stand off against gang lords, naval marines, Tiempran terrorist priests, the most powerful High Holder in all of Solidar, and his own Collegium'and find a way to prevail without making further enemies and endangering those he loves.

Modesitt wastes no time, and Imager's Challenge starts where Imager ended. As was the case with its predecessor, this second volume features features realistic worldbuilding, deft plotting, an interesting magical system, adroit characterization, and a subtle human touch.
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By DigitalFrog on Nov. 2 2010
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Excellent series - very much in the same flavor as the first three books of the Corean Chronicles.
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By artist&reader on April 28 2015
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My wife read this genre. It was for her. She gave it a 4.
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By Mavis Viragos on July 23 2015
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Terrific writer, terrific series
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Roy on Dec 14 2009
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"Imager's Challenge" was as interesting as "Imager". When you start reading it, it's hard to stop...
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