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Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio Series #2)

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

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    Thought provoking and believable

    This second book of the series on Imager certainly did not disappoint me. Compare to the first, I find the main characters development satisfying though a bit too perfect. I do commend Modesitt, Jr. his skill in creating a realistic world and realistic conflicts that place the main characters in situations where they come to depend on one another. I really enjoy the writing style. Modesitt does really good job in decribing scenes and feeling of the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Highly recommended for fantasy and science fiction readers everywhere

    Though he seemed destined to become a master artisan, Rhennthyl's rare ability to visualize objects and cause them to materialize has altered his life's course completely. Rhenn is an imager, one of the select few on Terahnar, and this is his story.
    After recovering from injuries inflicted during his foiling of a plot masterminded by the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is appointed as the imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis, but this "promotion" is far from glorious, and, owing to the displeasure of the Commander of the Civic Patrol at having a liaison from the Collegium, it leaves him on patrol in the streets of the city's worst district. What is worse is that Rhenn has made powerful enemies since realizing his ability as an imager, and now one of the High Holders intends to destroy Rhenn and his entire family. His only hope is in alliances with the family of the woman whom he cherishes. Their success as merchants and underworld connections may be the only thing that can help Rhenn win against those who would destroy him and all that he holds dear, but will this be enough, and can Rhenn find a way of compromising the intentions of his foes without making more enemies? What will it take to protect the ones he loves? Find out in the next installment of the Imager Portfolio, Imager's Challenge.
    L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is an accomplished author of more than forty science fiction novels. Imager's Challenge is the second book in what he has dubbed the Imager Portfolio. This engaging and developed fantasy series is set in L'Excelsis, the capital city of the most powerful nation on Terahnar, a world of Modesitt's ingenious contrivance where magic rules in secret. Modesitt has been treating readers to the brilliance of his magical realms in various science fiction series since the early 1970s. The Imager series bears testament to his ability as a writer to captivate readers with imaginative and exciting tales that unfold on faraway worlds, and, in his writing, Modesitt achieves a level of genuine character development that is not typical of other works in the science fiction genre. According to the Library Journal, "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."
    If you are a reader of science fiction and fantasy, then the likelihood that you are no stranger to the work of Modesitt seems great. Loyal fans of Modesitt will greatly enjoy this newest novel in his latest fantasy series, but if you are an avid science fiction reader and yet your familiarity with Modesitt's work is nonexistant, it is likely that you will still quickly learn to appreciate the potency of his science fiction. The Imagers Portfolio and its latest installment, Imager's Challenge, comes highly recommended for fantasy and science fiction readers everywhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly recommended

    For those who are looking for an interesting, deeply involved story that will keep you up nights until you have read them all. Second, in the series, the story of a portraiturist turned imager who seems to be always a couple of steps ahead of his peers yet seemingly behind the 8-ball when trying to keep up with current events. War comes bringing extreme danger and opportunity if only our anti-hero can figure out what is happening.
    Now, I need to buy the third book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Challenge

    Nvm it glitched

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Ok

    Good read. Redundant as all hell in some aspects however. Idont care who had which wine with their overly detailed meal every other page, nor who answered the Nordeste door.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2010

    Very well written but it was a transition book.

    This book was very readable but the charactors did not go very far. I am looking forward to the third book because this book cleaned up all the loose ends from the first book.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    A great sequel!

    This is a fantastic continuation of the series, I am looking forward to the next in the series. Once again the characters come off the pages to pull you into the story with them.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Exciting and interesting sequel to the Imager

    The story ties several areas together and fills in some background. The plot is elusive until the end when the instigator is revealed with reason of the actions. The blending of the scientific and the magical worlds keeps the reader guessing as to how the events will turn out. The way the story has everyday events and emotions lets the reader join in the world experience.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Excellent continuation of the series; excellent depth in characters; well-thought out world. A definitely worthy addition to your reading list.

    The second book in the Imager's portfolio continues right where the first left off. Despite that, I thought it was a bit difficult to catch up, even though I had read the first one just a few months previously. However, once I got going, I was completely engaged in the plot and read it straight through over the course of a couple days. I love how in-depth the world is. Where many writers fall flat is in trying to make people feel believable in a fantasy world. I thought this was a well-executed example of how to make people and places feel real w/o feeling unoriginal. I really enjoyed this book and definitely look forward to any more in this series.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    a fascinating political police procedural fantasy

    The imager Rhennthyl has become a Maitre D'Aspect and named Liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis by the Collegium. However his new Commander Artois is outraged with what he considers an affront and instead of going undercover to uncover seditious magical practicers, cheats and frauds among the elite as the Director of security operations Master Dichartyn envisioned, he is assigned street patrol in the worst sector.

    As he works the streets serendipitously, Rhenn thought the Collegium would provide him with direction; instead they seem to want to avoid him. In fact as he makes progress on cases, the Collegium snubs him. When his inquiry leads to a High Holder with a personal grudge against Rhenn, the Collegium ignores his plea for backing. Ethical yet not suicidal, Rhenn considers his options, but ultimately refuses to back off though he knows challenging the aristocratic family without support could prove dangerous.

    The Second Book of the Imager Portfolio (see IMAGER) is a fascinating political police procedural fantasy in which the secret use of magic rules. The story line at times turns reflective as Rhenn thoughtfully evaluates his options when no one in authority supports his findings. Although his reflections are insightful and timely into the abuse of power by omission and disregard, that also slows down the tale. Still IMAGER'S CHALLENGE is a deep look at the politics of neglect with timely connections to today's world.

    Harriet Klausner

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