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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. E. Modesitt Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Imager Portfolio Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781452674285
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Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three-Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayar's father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria. Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayar's youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Perhaps the best so far in this consistently fascinating series. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “Modesitt’s work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building.”

    RT Book Reviews on Imager

  • “The third Imager Portfolio is an exhilarating thriller. The story line is fast-paced while the locales are vivid; as expected from a former artist turned Imager. Readers will relish the latest entry as L. E. Modesitt Jr. entertainingly ties the news together in a strong tale”

    The Midwest Book Review on Imager’s Intrigue

  • “The Imager Portfolio features some of the best characters Modesitt has ever created, real enough to make you consider what you’d do in their places.”

    Booklist on Imager’s Challenge

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Klose | 1/14/2014

    " I am currently in a re-read, as the next book in this series comes out this week. Really have enjoyed it, even the second time around. Starts a little slower than the previous three. And as usual with Modesitt, this goes back an era. He likes to go out of time sequence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Bell | 1/9/2014

    " I continue to really enjoy Modesitt's works. This book is oddly book four in a series, but the first chronologically. It doesn't seem to have much relation to the first three books, but it had some good issues + thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/18/2013

    " The start of a sub-series prequel to the Imager books, although in some ways I thought it "felt" more like the author's Corus and Recluce series. Perhaps it's because it takes place in a more unsettled environment like the other two, rather than the more citified, stable setting in the previous Imager novels. Definitely a pleasure for Modesitt fans for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa Carrigan | 11/25/2013

    " I love and reread the Recluse series, and the first 3 Imager series are very good. This one isn't as satisfying. I think in part it is due to the fact that the main character is not a "not really sure of himself" teen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/21/2013

    " I'm enjoying this series. Very interested to see where it goes next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne Roberts | 10/21/2013

    " Once again L.E. Modesitt Jr. has given us a compelling story. Set several hundreds of years before his first two Imager novels "Scholar" shows us a world before imagers became organized into a cohesive force. As in most Modesitt novels the main character Quaeryt is a modest and moral man with no aspirations of power. And yet he finds himself in a position to create great changes while defending his kings realm. The writing is as always excellent and the story interesting. My only complaint is that Modesitt's characters do have a strong resemblance to each other. They are all unaware of just how powerful they are and can be somewhat over modest. The theme of regular guy just doing his job the best he can becomes a little tiring. Still I definitely recommend this book. The ending, while being satisfying, stills leave room for more stories about this character and the events that lead up to the first two Imager novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Corlis | 10/13/2013

    " Another great novel in the Imager series. Although Quaeryt didn't grow on me quite as fast as Rhenn did from the original trilogy, and the romance introduced sort of felt forced at the end, the journey he faced and challenges he overcame during this first book set a nice stage for the books to come. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marita | 7/17/2013

    " I had a hard time getting into this after the other 3 Imager books. Perhaps a change of a narrator could have helped? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Mason | 4/8/2013

    " Different, a lot more subtleties in this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AnnMarie Johnson | 11/3/2012

    " What happened to my characters???? I don't like Modesitts writing style and only kept reading because I liked the characters. And they suddenly disappear as this book takes us completely different time. Should be a separate series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chani | 5/10/2012

    " This was a great prequel to the Imager Series. I really enjoy seeing the main character grow, and do his best to do the right thing, even as he is keeping his abilities secret. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 4/23/2012

    " Another good book by one of my favorite fantasy authors. The next book Princepts already is better than this one though, and seems a worthy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 3/9/2012

    " I am so lucky. I get to review this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Smith | 3/4/2012

    " This is one of the best books I've read. The first arc of the story was somewhat forgettable, though still pretty good, but this one will keep me thinking about some of the ideas in it for awhile yet. Modesitt truly shines with this book, and hopefully the rest of his books are as appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/15/2012

    " Interesting backstory to the Imager novels. Twist at the ending. Interesting to see if there are more volumes in backstory tale. "

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About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over forty novels, including the Imager Portfolio series and the Saga of Recluce series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. He has also published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.