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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:
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In the fourth entry in bestselling author L. E. Modesitt Jr.‘s Imager Portfolio, the continent of Lydar is fragmented, and scholar and imager Quaeryt must make a perilous journey to Tilbor.

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 redeployed 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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