Princeps: The Fifth Book of the Imager Portfolio Hardcover – May 22 2012
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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
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description