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!
This is a good beginning to an excellent series. It gets the full Modesitt treatment complete with unique world building, action, and a bit of romance. A solid read.
I was a little confused at first because it starts like a timeline but it does make a little sense as a progressing of the main character life. After that, the story was great and thoroughly enjoyed it!
First of all, I am not a fan of the narrator's portrayal of the main character. The story is long and seems convoluted (it's not in the end, the author just takes a very long time to come to the climax of the story and thus reveal the point of the conflict in the book). I am an avid listener and consumer of audiobooks, but I could not keep track of many of the auxiliary characters, and therefore plot points, throughout this tale. I would recommend reading this book versus listening to it so that the names of the characters discussed are more clearly identified and separated from one another. I did enjoy the personal aspects to the main character's story, but the technical and political portions (where the conflict within the novel plays out) did not lend themselves to being easily consumed and digested as I was driving around running errands or back and forth to work or recreational activities. This is a book best served by print not audio.