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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (30 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400161800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400161805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,796,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter what anyone claims, writers are made, not born, and what and how they write is the result of just how they were made... or how they made themselves. I began by writing poetry, which was published only in small magazines, and then went on to write administrative reports while I was a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by research papers, speeches, economic and technical studies, and policy and briefing papers. Along the way, I've been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.

As a result, my writing tends to incorporate all of the above, in addition to the science fiction I read from a very early age. After close to sixty published novels, and perhaps a score of short stories, it's fairly clear to me that "what kind of writer" I am for readers tends to depend on which of my books each reader has read.

Along the way, I've weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], a brown Labrador, a white cockapoo, an energetic Shih-tzu, two scheming dachshunds, a capricious spaniel, a crazy Saluki-Aussie, and various assorted pet rodents. Finally, in 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., I escaped to New Hampshire. There I was fortunate enough to find and marry a lovely lyric soprano, and we moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and where I attempt to create and manage chaos in the process of writing.




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

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L.E. Modesitt, Jr., lives in Cedar City, Utah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hangerhead on 22 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book - the writing style, without being too simple, is easy to read and as a result, the book (plot and characters) are easy to get into, remember and have thoughts/feelings about.
There are some times when I wonder if the Author really wanted to write food reviews as, if one thing has been done to death here, it's the over the top descriptions of meals (over the top both descriptively and numerically).

That aside, I think plot wise, the book is paced pretty well and, whilst it's not a heart-pounding thriller style, there is enough intrigue and enough sub-plots to maintain interest.
Perhaps the main character is a little bit too infallible at times, his girlfriend (i won't name for sake of spoilage) a little too perfect and the politicking is a little too simple, but I really don't think these things have detracted from the book at all.

There is enough detail in lives of different characters without being overly detailed, a well imagined [sorry] world and a slightly different take on the wizards/wands style of fantasy writing.

I have ordered the second book which is usually a recommendation in itself - i'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paddy3118 on 7 Dec 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first 50 pages/10 chapters left me thinking that I was reading something cobbled together from chapter outlines. It was bad. There was no flow. I am happy to say though that by the end of the book I bought the next two. That was a surprise to me.

I still think the author is short-changing the reader at the beginning though - that bit was dire.
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By D. A. B. on 10 April 2010
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"Imager" has many of the elements of typical Modesitt sagas - a hero who has some self-doubt, a strong female character with her own special attributes . . . (But, thankfully, no chipped, brown plates or mugs! And "sir" is used instead of "ser" - but "Alt" has appeared again.)

It does not have the standard "journey" element, where the hero/heroine travels many milles/k's to accomplish the tasks needed to keep the tension in the story, not does this hero have to face quite the close-to-defeat experiences of his counterparts in the other Modesitt sagas, though he is injured.

Having said that, and being rather critical and pedantic in my reading, I happily curled up on the sofa with a few glasses of wine and consumed this book in fairly short order. The style is superior to the Recluse series, but the content is not so far away.

Read it and enjoy it, I certainly did!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sjhigbee on 17 Sep 2011
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A new fantasy series by an author as established and prolific as Modesitt is always worth checking out - and this one is certainly worth the effort.

This is an intriguing, layered world that closely resembles the Renaissance period in its technology and cut-throat attitude to other states and religions. Politically, Solidar is powerful but isolated by its religious belief that Naming a deity is well on the way to blasphemy - but the dealbreaker is Solidar's tolerance of imagers. As Rhenn learns more during his highly specialised training, he discovers that Solidar's supremacy comes at a very high price...

Modesitt's strength is establishing textured, believable worlds where his characters can discuss and critique their experiences of different forms of governance. This is grown up fantasy - where notions of tolerance versus enlightened dictatorship, colliding religious views, and the consequences of power and its abuse can all be examined.

However this book isn't a philosophical musing on politics and religion - it's a fantasy adventure about a powerful magic-user who is coming to terms with what he is capable of doing. And once more, Modesitt gives us a demonstration of how to construct a magical system. Imagers don't live in the city of L'Excelsis - it's too dangerous. They cannot even have a normal married life, because when they fall asleep, they cannot control their dreams... I love the world. I love the way that Modesitt builds the layers and complexity throughout the book without compromising the pace and narrative tension.

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