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Scholar (Imager Portfolio Series #4)

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    the fascinating complex (perhaps schizoid) protagonist makes this a delightful thrilling read

    Lord Bhayar of Telaryn commissions his friend Quaeryt Rytersyn the scholar to travel to Tilbor Province conquered by the ruler's father a decade ago. Bhayar would like to bring home some of his occupying army so he wants Quaeryt to look closely at conditions on the ground that has the leader concerned.

    The journey by sea proves perilous, but Quaeryt arrives in the remote land. As a precaution, the scholar conceals his imager skills to create mental images that turn solid. He looks closely at the plight of the people in the countryside before entering the garrison. As he interrogates the officers, Quaeryt uncovers a political conspiracy to shake Bhayar's rule and send Telaryn into a catastrophe. Not one to sit idly by, Quaeryt plans to prevent the disaster from occurring by any means necessary including assassination.

    Occurring before the Imager Portfolio (see Imager, Imager's Challenge and Imager's Intrigue), the title character makes the political fantasy work as he is a serious Scholar and even more serious merciless killing machine. The power struggle has the various players including the newcomer rationalizing that the end justifies any means. The incredibly detailed realm of L.E. Modesitt Jr. is a two edged sword as the audience will believe the world exists but at a cost of slowing down the plot at times. Still the fascinating complex (perhaps schizoid) protagonist makes this a delightful thrilling read.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Excellence continued

    L E Modesitt, Jr continues his Imager series in an unusual but very entertaining way. Scholar is essentially the backstory providing the history which led to the society portrayed in the first three Imager books. Scholar provides tantalizing hints of how the Imager world came about, while offering a rousing 'quest' story with all the character development I enjoy and expect from Mr. Modesitt. An excellent and entertaining read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly recommended - a good read

    Once again Modesitt delievers a solid tale with strong characters and lots of action. This book is best to be read as part of the series, but can certainly be read and enjoyed alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Solid writing

    Good solid writing
    A triffle slow and exposition laden in the first third but necessary to the trilogy in establishing the storyline. Like all of this authors books, will worth the reading.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Back to the future all over again

    Mr. Modesitt is one of my go-to authors mainly because of the rich development of the realms in which his stories take place. This is the first of a trilogy set before the consolidation of Solidar and the imager trilogy. I purchased this e-book so that I’d have access to it where ever I have access to my nook library. Having read the following book, Princeps and look forward to reading Imager’s Battalion, last of this set. I have started to cross reference the places and events in this set with the “historical” references in the Imager series and have found interesting hints about people and customs that are referenced in the “later” work. As expected this was a very good reading experience.
    I asked Mr. Modesitt about the image of the main character, Quaeryt as illustrated on the cover art. The character Quaeryt, as described by Modesitt, has black eyes and white-blond hair quite unlike any of the cover art on the 3 books in this cycle. He agreed with me and told me that the cover art was up to the publisher and would pass my comments along. It’s too bad that the meticulous details in descriptions and attention to things down to the menus of the meals would be ignored by the publishers selection of cover art.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Awesome

    This author has an amazing writing style in all of the books that i have read so far. The main characters in his books put James Bond to shame and make Mr. Bond look like some kind of man gigolo that has the urge to kill someone every once and a while.

    I would like a movie but i am sure hollywood would just screw it up royally. so it would probably be best if hollywood stayed out of this one.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Excellent start to the next Imager storyline

    If you haven't already been reading the Imager books, you can start here without really missing anything -- this is a completely new story with a new protagonist and lots of new people and places to discover.

    I would still encourage you to read the other books (and I'm sure that reading this would make you want to see what else is out there -- while you're waiting for the next book in the series).

    As usual with Mr. Modesitt's books, I couldn't put it down. I love his characters -- I find their personalities and realistic responses to others to be very satisfying. He places them in "real life" situations and they make their decisions the same way most of us do -- cautiously, after evaluating all the pros and cons.

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