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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I am a long time fan of Modesitt. This book deals with a budding artist journeyman who tragically discovers he is an Imager. An interesting and very different magic system forms the basis for the world and the plot in this novel–the first in the Imager series.

While I may not always agree with Modesitt’s take on some of the issues he examines, I always enjoy the amount of thought he puts into his books, and the generally quieter pacing allows for some consideration of these issues as the book progresses. It is much more realistic, intelligent and believable. This was my first Modesitt novel and I found it absolutely awesome.

It’s not the fear of death, but the fear of being forced to admit someone else is better. Imaging is the art of changing reality in small ways. He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer and writer in residence.

In the result the plot was hardly moving most of the time, but its charm kept the book from being boring up until last 50 pages of so, but luckily at this point things begin happening. I can understand how a first-time reader of a work like this may be turned away by the pacing and style – it’s certainly not a mile-a-minute book. They are heavy on characters with a strong sense of morality; each book is ponderous with action, onerous on observation, careful on justification.


Convient plot device Overall, a solid start to a good series. The Imager series has actually made it onto my short list of favorites. The carefully crafted persona is generally likeable and easy to identify with. The best part of the book is the world-building.

And it’s not just the names or the world’s structure — reading this book does require one to expand their vocabulary. Open Preview See a Problem? His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace.

Imager by LE Modesitt Jr

The gift of Imaging. The plot centres around Rhenn’s growing powers and his falling out with a powerful Lord after he renders his bullying son permanently blind. The severe punishments carried out by the guild on acts like using Imaging for you own gain or to harm another make sure that the government of Omdesitt allows the Imagers to remain.

Imagers are feared by ordinary people, and must sleep alone in lead-lined rooms in ijager they image in their sleep. This story is no exception. I really liked this again 4 stars although I’d forgotten many of the details in the past 5 years. In addition to his novels, Mr. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I’m not much of a food and clothing guy, but if you are, there’s some talk of it here. Inager part is solely responsible for my high rating.

I obtained a I picked this up as an audiobook from my trusty library because I enjoyed The Magic of Recluce by this author. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my l While I personally liked the characters, I can see how others might think the characters and their relationships were pretty flat.

Part of that may stem from the first person perspective.

It has a determinedly Terran jumble of aspects, built largely on Romance-language cognates and names e. I will be the first to admit that I do not much care for the fantasy genre The Lord of the Rings and the Thomas Covenant series don’t count, being more of a reimagining of myth.


Your patience will be rewarded, though, in a deeper understanding of how this world and the nations in it work, which helps you understand why the characters react the way they do. Again, dozens of examples per chapter but you get the imaber from this: 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.

The premise could have been exciting if only the plot had been more fleshed out and the story hadn’t meandered and dragged so much. Apr 18, Jon rated it imsger it Shelves: More about LE Modesitt Jr And of course, a tinge of love is never absent. And I’ll tell you what: This first book is somewhat dissatisfying in that it is so clearly the first book in a series.

Imager (Imager Portfolio, #1) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The inclusion of the main religion, the monotheistic institution of “The Nameless”, brings in the protagonist’s attention to attending service.

With the Pack off The guy was in a tough situation, as the Collegium was basically dangling him out as bait for the assassins who were plotting to kill young imagers. Tolkien was great, but some of his cliches really overstated their welcome. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exac They are seldom the swaggering, boastful heroes found in many fantasies.

They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in Frankly, they’d rather do without the competition.