Scholar : A Novel in the Imager Portfolio

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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 a 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 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 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 jeopardised in more ways than one.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 162 x 238 x 44mm | 721.21g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0765329557
  • 9780765329554
  • 286,829

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Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building. "RT Book Reviews on Imager" 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" 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 in which the hero knows he has come a long way, but learns how fast you can go in reverse. "The Midwest Book Review on Imager's Intrigue""
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About L. E. Modesitt

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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