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Publishers WeeklyThe third volume in the Imager Portfolio series (after 2009's Imager's Challenge), set in a fantasy world with an early modern feel, follows powerful imager Rhennthyl as he polices the streets of L'Excelcis. Though rarely called on to use his power to imagine things into being, its mere existence serves to intimidate those around him as Rhenn investigates a bank scam and a powerful, deadly drug. His cases inevitably dovetail and soon political intrigue and mystery vie with his family for his attention. Even as it becomes clear that Rhenn and all the imagers are under attack, he realizes he can't trust his colleagues. Lengthy discussions and tedious recounting of Rhenn's daily habits alternate with fast-paced action, but fans of the series will enjoy seeing Rhenn come into his own as a husband and father.
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