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Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio) Hardcover – 4 Dec 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (4 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321268
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.9 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"* "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" --Library Journal

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Format: Hardcover
L.E. Modesitt Jnr. provides a seamless continuation from Imager, the first book of the Imager Portfolio. This is an easy book to read mainly because the central characters continue from the first Imager book. The additional characters of this book are easily picked up by the author's sound characterisation. The central theme of the plot is discernable early on in the book but there are sufficienty side plots to make the build up to the central climax event interesting. The pace of the book is typical Modessit with a long and careful build up to the crisis point in the last few pages and then falling away to a short placid ending. My only negative comment is that Modessit is not strong on desribing male-female relationships but with such strong charaterisation this is not a problem. I am loooking forward to the next book of the series.
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Again, another excellent read from this great US author. Extremely well written second book in the imager series. Greatly enjoy the development of the main characters and the usual clear and crisp prose of Modessit, amazing how he continually puts out great books. Highly recommend to all fantasy readers and can't wait for the next book in this series.
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You may recall that I really enjoyed L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s Imager a while back, going so far as to claim that the book could well be the best and most accessible series' opener the author ever came up with. The sequel remained on my "books to read" pile for months, and I knew it was high time to finally give it a shot. So I brought it with me when I left for South America.

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Imager's Challenge takes up immediately after the conclusion of Imager. Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the Commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium, and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city. Second, Rhenn receives formal notice that one of the High Holders, the father of a man Rhenn partly blinded in self-defense, has declared his intention to destroy Rhenn and his family.

Rhenn's only allies are the family of the girl he loves, successful merchants with underworld connections. In the end, Rhenn must literally stand off against gang lords, naval marines, Tiempran terrorist priests, the most powerful High Holder in all of Solidar, and his own Collegium--and find a way to prevail without making further enemies and endangering those he loves.

Modesitt wastes no time, and Imager's Challenge starts where Imager ended. As was the case with its predecessor, this second volume features features realistic worldbuilding, deft plotting, an interesting magical system, adroit characterization, and a subtle human touch.
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Rhennthyl is the main character of the story, he is the son of a leading wool merchant, he's spent many years becoming a journeyman painter. While he was learning to paint he found he could image (he can visualize things and make them real.) The story tells of his training to become an imager and along the way there are sub plots of other people trying to kill him and other young imagers. He as to leave his family and join the Collegium of Imagisle. Imagers live seperately from the rest of society because of thier abilities (they can do accidental magic even while asleep) and because they are both feared and vulnerable. In this new life Rhenn (Rhennthyl) discovers that all too many of the "truths" he knew were nothing of the sort. Every day brings a new threat to his life.
As with Modesitt other books the story draws you into the life and intrigue of what Rhenn faces along the way.
I certainly recommend you the reader to read this book to understand fully the story, as in a review you do not get the full flavour of the book and intrigues.
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As usual, Modesitt's unique first person story telling continues from the Imager's Portfolio.

It's very in depth and highly political... but gripping. If you love the first book you will love the second.
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I think that Modesitt is possibly onto another winning series here. Each book is complete in itself but promises more.
His characters are well written and real.
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Builds well on Scholar, and adds depth to the characters. The concept of the 'lost ones' is intriguing and should develop well.
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