Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio Hardcover – Mar 17 2009
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Praise for L. E. Modesitt, Jr.:
“The author’s skill in portraying the humanity of characters who possess the power to destroy others with a thought adds a level of verisimilitude and immediacy rarely found in grand-scale fantasy."
“Modesitt is an extremely intelligent writer, possessing remarkable ingenuity at creating systems of magic and a real gift for characterization.”
“Modesitt’s work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building.”
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews
About the Author
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Top Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down for 2 days (well, except to sleep) and my wife (who doesn't read nearly as much as I do and has a hard time finishing books if they don't engage her interest early on) enjoyed it as well. Looking forward to the next in the series.
I especially like a good novel that can tell the story without the need to prop it up with the crutches of foul language and sensuality. This is one of those.
Worst part is waiting for the next books in the series. Luckily that won't be too long!
Fortunately, L.E. Modesitt Jr. avoids that particular usage in "Imager," the first book of a new series with the theme of "imaging." He spends the entire book creating a semi-realistic fantasy world with Renaissance French flair, complete with guilds, social customs, subcultures, a tinge of romance and plenty of politics... but unfortunately he never really bothers with much beyond that.
Uninterested in the wool trade, Rhennthyl is apprenticed to a master artist, and soon learns that his skills are too formidable -- and too honest -- for his surly master. But then Rhenn's master and his son are killed in an explosion... mere seconds after Rhenn was imagining it. Frightened of the consequences, he rushes to Imagisle, where the "imager" mages live and work -- they are people who can shape reality with the power of their thoughts.
Becoming an imager has its own challenges, as Rhenn must learn to regulate, control and shape his powers, while learning all about philosophy, law and the strict rules (spoken and unspoken) that imagers live by. And though he personally has some problems with angry, jealous students, there are bigger problems facing the land of Solidar and the city of L'Excelsis -- including a serial killer murdering young imagers, and a brewing war between other lands.
Modesitt loves to create elaborate fantasy worlds, often with a set theme -- music, colour, and in this case the power of imagery (whether art or magic).Read more ›