Just to be clear, this isn't a review on the book itself. I wasn't able to actually experience the book. In fact, Modesitt ranks among my most favorite authors.
My gripe is with the narrator. I've never heard a more droning, monotone, run on sentence, speaking too fast, not pausing between sentences thus making it impossible to tell what character is talking, completely lacking enthusiasm narrator. And if you think that sentence I just mashed together was bad, it's nothing compared to the terrible performance by William Dufris. The droning of his voice is so monotone that, despite the fact that he does speak clearly, it's impossible to follow what's going on. I had to rewind 5 times just to be able to determine where the introduction "Scholar, written by L.E. Modesitt Jr., published by...etc." broke off and the book began. Honestly, it would have been easier to pay attention if it were Ben Stein narrating.
I will never, NEVER, buy an audio book that's narrated by William Dufris again.!
This was a good book. A deviation from the main story line, but very enjoyable.
a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library
There is nothing like a book that brings out moral questions without the reader/listener actually realizing it! I enjoyed the unexpected twists and challenges faced by our hero and in comparing myself to his action, find myself lacking and then being the richer for having listen to the narration. Go figure....i enjoyed learning something about myself by listening to a purely "escapism" book. I loved it!
The protaganist, who faces difficult choices, kills without hesitation but with regret is by far the character that I favor. He is the vigilante applauded by the masses. and.....he is a lover and a gentle, well-intentioned spirit. Ah, flawed and admirable.
The section in the book where he is governor of a province and takes charge....loved it.
I have great affection for this book and its writer and eagerly await another edition.
The narrator is so skilled that you forget he is there and immerse yourself in the story.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
3 stars! Now the true fanboys at this point might be saying blasphemy but here is why anyway..
When I first read this novel I was expecting a follow up with the same characters from the first three Imager Portfolio books. This wasn't the case. Modesitt decided to continue with a new character named Quaeryt, a 30 year old scholar imager from Solis, from what I am assuming starts a new trilogy of books. Unfortunately, with my expectations Quaeyt failed to keep me interested going into the first few chapters of the book and I ended up giving up on this one for a time. Finally coming back to this series and giving it a fair chance I came to appreciate the Quaeyt's character more for being an intelligent, fair minded, talented, and humble person. Like the start of the first trilogy Quaeyt is still coming into his imaging powers so its like taking a step back from what we expected from our hero in book 3. Too bad for Quaeyt there is no school or teachers here and he must be self taught. So, I felt off and on about this book. At times the story dragged on and some of it seemed unnecessary. Like before I think Modesitt executes a fair cloak and dagger sort of character. My main issue, if you haven't guessed from the title, is this religion that Modesitt has created. If you are like me and had enough of it in the last book, well, get ready for an earful of sermons in this one. Perhaps Modesitt thinks much of this is clever but a lot comes off as agonizingly contrived to the point where the constant references of the namer loses a star for me. The narrator also loses a star because he didn't really move me into believing in the nameless. Personally I think a different narrator should have been picked for this new trilogy with this different set of characters. His voices are hard to tell apart and like before its quite obvious when our hero is injured (which occurs quite a lot in the story) by the distinct pausing and groaning tone the author puts to his voice. It just gets old.
Overall, I loved the characters. The story does get better as it goes on and the scholar comes into his new powers and talents. I think some events could have been edited out and less read about the religion. There is no doubt I will get the next book in this series but like before It may be some time until I get around to it.
I really like modesitt's books.
This is a continuation of the Imager's story, but continues after many years
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Just have to say I enjoyed this section better than the first three. To me it seems the pace is faster, the action a little bit more engaging, and the story is tighter. I like the fact that we see how imaging is explored to come up with more tools. In the end though the author comes up with a very powerful magic system, but seems limited in his imagination on how to use it. I like Quaeryt much more, he is more reckless and daring than Rhenn. Quaeryt more roguish by far and little more free and easy. The narrator is still dry to me, but I have come to expect to hear his voice and now associate it with the Imager series.