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Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio Hardcover – Mar 17 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320346
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #598,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
--Library Journal

“Modesitt is an extremely intelligent writer, possessing remarkable ingenuity at creating systems of magic and a real gift for characterization.”
--Booklist

“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.

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Format: Hardcover
I must disagree with elements of the previous review. I agree that as usual Modesitt does a great job of creating a fantasy world, but part of that requires building up the belief structure of the characters. What's all the business with the Namer, the Nameless, and so on mean if we don't find out about the background? The philosophical bits, while boring at points and I would usually skim through, were usually done in a couple of paragraphs, not what I would call lengthy at all.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent book, written in very much the same style as his Corean Chronicles which are some of my favorite books. Other reviews found some of the philisophical interludes slow, I found them interesting & thought provoking, and an important factor in the creation of not just a new fantasy world, but the culture that dwells within it. He strikes a good balance with the power of creating things with the mind and limitations to that power - both physically and politically.

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!
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My wife read this genre. It was for her. She gave it a 5.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
It sounds like the ultimate deus ex machina: hey, look at me, I can make and teleport stuff with the power of my mind!

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).
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Very enjoyable
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