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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So slow, that you could almost miss that it was there at all. He is 24 or 25 at the end of the book and growing in leaps as an Imager. There is very little expression of emotion or true feelings of connection between the characters, except for maybe between the main character and his girl. The author spends a great deal of time defining the mmodesitt of the protagonist.

Apr 28, Pat imaer it really liked it. Convient plot device Overall, a solid start to a good series. It has a determinedly Terran jumble of aspects, built largely on Romance-language cognates and names e.

Reading again as a buddy read with A Land of Fantasy Addicts group. I for one am looking forward to the next installment.

Obviously an authour’s personal beliefs, opinions, and biases will always show in their writing to some extent, but with this book Modezitt felt like I was being preached at–a sort of unpleasant, cynical preaching that had me rolling my eyes more often than not.

Eventually, the hospital visit resulted in two surgeries so shortly after finishing Imager and starting the next one Imager’s Portfolio, I think, can’t recall clearly on her Kindle Fire I was too whacked out on pain meds and various other drugs to really read anything. Most of the book lives and breathes in full vibrant color and the characters act and react in a particularly human fashion– not as plot devices or overdramatized homo fictus– so reading Imager was like looking in on a world through a particularly sharp clear lens rather than a tinted or tilted one.

Rhennthyl Rhenn was a son of a modesitt wool merchant.


Imager by LE Modesitt Jr

As usual, I’ve got to read Imager’s Challenge immediately. Character-wise, Modesitt produces his usual – a contemplative, capable protagonist who works hard and always does the logical thing, especially if that involves working hard and being surprised that others think it’s unusual. Almost every conversation was stilted and unnatural, sometimes to the point of being confusingly unclear. He suffers the world’s injustices without complaint, and overcomes them through sheer indomitability and determination.

But most importantly, I would like to see Rhen grow as a man and Imager. I do intend to go back and finish the set, both the next two in this trilogy and the follow-up trilogy which, she tells me, takes place long before this book’s present because Modesitt writes quite excellent realist-fantasy. In short, Imagers have a lot of potential and thus are commonly feared by normal people.

He doesn’t have an easy road, despite his formidable abilities hard-earned and honed as an imager. Conjuring a pen from nowhere, a blotch of ink to get that art piece just right. The whole series treats us to great swaths of commentary on philosophy, sociology, politics, governance, and economics — generally presented as conversations between Rhenn and his Imager superiors as he learns. In fact, The Imager Collegium plays an integral war in keeping the political situation balanced by protecting the Council who runs the countryand resolving situations in a discreet fashion that allows the status quo to continue.

I’ve always like Modesitt’s books. Rhenn’s story is told here, chronologically in books Winter, Spring, Summer, Harvest, and Fall. One such similarity is the traditional strong man, oppressed woman world. Feb 04, Nathan Lowell rated it it was amazing. Mostly, that works, but I did find myself wishing that Modesitt had applied a little more rigor.

Imager Imager Portfolio 1 7.

Modesitt doesn’t go overboard, and it’s easy to skip, but there’s seldom an outfit he doesn’t describe in general terms and colors, especially regarding women. Or even replace the contents of that glass of juice with something a little less benevolent.

While the emotional arc of the story is fairly predictable, and the character seems very, very familiar, he’s still interesting to follow.

He makes a powerful enemy while righting a wrong, and begins to learn to do magic in secret.


I rated the book five stars? Imager starts a imageer saga every bit as interesting and intriguing as his Spellsong or Recluse universes and creates a new magic system balancing art and politics on the tip of a knife. December Staff Pick. Nothing overt, focused modeesitt family influence and dedication.

Imager covers the early career of one Rhennthyl, the son of prosperous wool manufacturer from the city of L’Excelsis in the country of Solidar. Oct 17, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: During his studies Rhenn had do discuss philosophy and politics.

You just needed to put it all together. This book in Okay, I’ve proved before I don’t mind swimming upstream.

Imager by LE Modesitt Jr book review

He writes what I would call ‘grounded fantasy’. If things progress the way I believe they will, Celiora will be a great mate for Rhennthyl. For an author so obviously experienced with the arts, or craftwork of some kind – seriously, his staple characters are all artisans or craftsmen of some sort – imaging seems imaber mundane at first. He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u L.

And aren’t the little what define us as well? It’s all literary and actual “filling”. The author was so carried away creating his excellent world that he often forgot to add some action to the story, any action.

Imagers have the rare talent to produce that which they can clearly imagine.

It’s worth leafing back to read that again at the end of immager chapter to think about again. Is this book more of a guy-thing? In Solidar, where Rhennthyl lives, the Imagers have their own guild, the Collegium, and they follow strict rules to keep everyone at peace.

Slows the story and renders the whole thing tiresome. Finally my own personal nitpicking – and I really need to emphasize that it is really just me.