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Princeps: The Fifth Book of the Imager Portfolio Hardcover – May 22 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (May 22 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330956
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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 writes some of the most interesting characters in Fantasy. He is a master of developing young heroes. Fans of the author's Recluce and Corus series will enjoy this series as well.” ―SFRevu on Imager's Challenge

“Modesitt has drawn a superb portrait of an honest and powerful man handed a crisis that even he may not be able to handle…. Extremely satisfying.” ―Booklist on Imager's Intrigue

“There is something so satisfying about picking up a novel by an author who's consistently good at his or her craft: the heft of the book, the scent of the ink, the awareness that what will happen in the pages will be truly wondrous. It is no different with Modesitt's latest travel in the world of the Imagers; although Scholar is tied to the other books, this is a prequel that can stand alone. Quaeryt is a fascinating character, and his trials and journey are action packed and yet intellectual.” ―RT Book Reviews, 4 stars on Scholar

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Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings—Peculiars—and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley—Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doris choo on May 27 2012
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I always enjoy Modesitt's novels. He is an established author/writter. I read all his recluse series. I find it entertaining, almost like real life events and good logic - facts of life reasoning. He has depth and a vivid story teller. Most of all engaging and entertaining. The only thing is I have difficulty pronouncing the names of the characters, which is ok, his style i suppose. I look forward to more imaging to come .... d
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Second book of the Second series within the portfolio, Princeps follows scholar in a series that predates the original trilogy and traces the origin of the collegium. In this book, Queryt the founder of the collegium restarts a scholarium that has fallen on tough times because it has been the front for a resistance movement. He begins to formulate the rules for imager training and enrolls the first two imagers marrying the kings sister at the kings insistence. He is given the role of princeps and later governor of an emergency province where an eruption of a volcanoe has destroyed the government and most of the capitol city. But this is a short lived role as he generates considerable friction with the locals solving many of the crises that make up the emergency, but in unpopular ways. In the meantime, he continues to learn how to protect himself with the imager skills he has learned.
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I love to read multiple novels with the same major characters and experience their growth over time. This novel uncovers new aspects of the imager and explores new roles. The magic is consistent and developing over time as skills do, he develops as a character and so do his relationships. The moral dilemmas of the use of the magic for important reasons make sense without being right. For everyone, all things are broken, in a sense, and none of us can or does act completely within our moral map of the world. A great addition to ongoing saga!
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Imager is fleshing out to be an excellent series, much in the same flavor has the Corean Chronicles. Can't wait for the next one.
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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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