Imager is the beginning of a whole new fantasy in a whole new magical world from the bestselling creator of Recluce. Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading. The Imager Porfolio is a bestselling and innovative epic fantasy series from L. E. Modesitt, Jr. that RT Book Reviews says “shines with engrossing characters. Imager by LE Modesitt Jr. Imager book cover. logo logo. Rating / Heavy on characters with a strong sense of morality.

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The author was so carried away creating his excellent world that he often forgot to add some action to the story, any action. Nov 25, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: They support a rich world I’ve come to love in a way that allows me to totally immerse myself; hearing about the day-to-day in addition to the thrilling adds a level of verisimilitude that’s not common in your average fantasy.

It doesn’t end so much as stop – not really in a cliffhanger, but it’s clear we’ve only gotten the first part of a much longer story.

I will however, go with a physical book so I can edit out all the extensive descriptions of dinner plates and the color of cobblestones. The good news is that this introduction is enticing enough to go get the rest.

The Imager series was quite the opposite, I read this first volume in paperback and loved all of it. For example, imagers can kil Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette How neat would it be if all you had to do was concentrate and you could make objects? He knew he had a touch of the gift but had no idea if it was anything of worth. Modesitt’s usual trademarks are all present and accounted for–strong women, understated hero, grey areas of moral and ethical and in this case, civic questions, and detailed world-building complete with a fully realised political system, and more.


This is not the kind of book I would say I usually like His new occupation as a walking, talking Xerox machine provides a wealth of story materials. Full stop; hear me out please.

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I’m not feeling it at all; picking it up is a Herculean task. View all 5 comments.

He should have, too. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my l This talent could well put any reader off as mere magic, but while Modesitt does not explain imaging given the general state of knowledge available to Rhennthyl’s people, one cannot expect itit is clear it is taken a natural and physical phenomena and its practitioners do not invoke some mystical explanation.

I know that if I were Rhenn I’d be wondering how everyone kept reading my mind. Rhennthyl becomes apprentice to a local master and shows great talent—perhaps too much. Other books in the series. Earthsea Saga Ursula Le Guin 9.

Rhennthyl, son of a leading wool merchant in L’Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, has his entire life transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire, and R And aren’t the little what define us as well? The world is built beautifully with lots of attention to detail.


That became a little wearing, in part because it blurred the boundaries between worlds – building the feeling that all Modesitt’s worlds have similarities. Modesitt likes his magic systems, but he focuses on character studies, not a Brandon Sanderson application of detail. That said, this time around we find ourselves with a new hero, and while the story follows the Recluce formula, it is most definitely NOT a Recluce novel.

I heard more about food in these 1. Admittedly, that complex worldbuilding does make Imager start off slow, as he introduces you to the characters and the world. The premise could have been exciting if only the modesity had been more fleshed out and the story hadn’t meandered and dragged so much. omager

Imager by LE Modesitt Jr

There’s plenty of that in this world, too. The carefully crafted persona is generally likeable and easy to identify with. Modesitt never really let’s you stop asking questions – the Imager Maitres’ deep queries are as much for the reader as they are for Rhenn. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Imager is the first of a promised series, The Imager Portfolio.

Of course, Rhen had to consider the possibility that he did the deed through Imaging.