This book had some interesting concepts. The magical ability’s come in the form of imaging this is where the Imager imagines an item in his mind and then it happens in the real world. This ability is not limited to items or just mere physical objects but can be applied to people. This is a world building book so it has a lot of detail about the world this book is taking place in, the people, how magic works, the different factions, and the relationships among people. This process was slow at parts, too much detail about mundane activity’s that had nothing to do with the progression of the story. Overall not bad, I would give this 3 ½ stars.
I found it to be a good story, overall, but for me, there were a few major problems. The first of which was how nonchalantly the main character, Rhennthyl, who grew up in an upper-class, family with a peaceful lifestyle could so easily kill without much in the way of guilt and remorse. Even after our hero discovers his imager power and goes on to be trained by master imagers, he was never given anything but defensive training, yet he instinctively murders his attackers in very painful ways without a second of hesitation. Eventually, after he is to be trained as a master spy, there is a point in the story where Rhennthyl actually does get training in killing by practicing on death row criminals. This then is where Modesitt's character decides to have a problem with killing, but only after a one of the death row victims turns out to be a woman. I found Rhennthyl's ease at brutally killing his attackers to be inconsistent with his lifestyle and upbringing . If he had grown up on the streets and routinely fought to survive or even perhaps had been a soldier, I would have found it more believable. Also, the first two thirds of the book is very slow. I have to give Modesitt's writing all the credit for keeping me hanging in there until things finally got moving in the last third of the story. Frankly, I found the immense amount of set up and all the political lessons we as the listener/reader had to endure were just not needed. What do editors do now a days? I would have liked a little more attention paid to the world in which Rhennthyl lived. Until he was shot, I had been thinking of the fantasy world as something akin to medieval times. The use of a sniper's rifle made me have to rethink exactly what type of time period to mentally place the story. I think the Author should have established that for me. All in all, I would give the next Imager story a try, but it needs to hit a home run for me to read anymore after that.
This is a book that I really enjoyed. The characters come to life as the book progresses and the plot(s) develope. I have also read and enjoyed the "Recluse" series in print. Please Audible, get the "Recluse" series.
This is a wonderful, well written book that provides a portrait into a clearly defined world of intrigue and magic. It was interesting and fun to listen to. I said great start because the Imager defines a character and environment that can, and hopefully will be used by Modesitt to bring to life further adventures of the young Master Imager Rhennthyl.
I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War
After introducing the characters in the book the story really picked up and I couldn't turn it off! Modesitt draws you in and you care about the characters and want the villains to suffer and Ren to triumph. I truly cannot wait for more from Modesitt!
Great narration and story. Truly enjoy Modesitt's grappling with philosophical ideas such as the nature of good and evil and the problem of evil/pain and suffering. The characters grapple with these important questions; the author presents it in such a way that is not superficial or heavy handed. I look forward to reading more in the Imager series.
the book is well written and moves along at a great pace. the reader does a great job. I usually don't reread books but this is one that I do
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss
A talented journeyman portrait artist and son of a successful merchant, his life upended is forced to choose between certain failure in his current profession, or to take a gamble and train as an Imager (sorcerer) on Imagisle. A highly dangerous, unpopular and unknown profession.
This is a great place to start for readers new to Modesitt. It's a relatively smaller series, one of his better books, and a good example of his style of writing.
Modesitt creates an interesting world and goes into depth on the politics, economy, culture and religion of the world. The magic system is top notch, incredibly detailed and believable. He walks the perfect line between magic powerful enough to be interesting, but limited enough that he doesn't write himself into a corner where his foes have to be gods to challenge him and any problem can be solved as easily as snapping fingers.
If you want to immerse yourself a great new world, if you are looking for an interesting and great magic system, then this book is for you.
William Dufris is a great narrator. Each character is differentiated very well.