Alastar has settled into his role as the Maitre of the Collegium. Now married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient. However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder. In the midst of the crisis, some High Holders call for repeals of the Codis Legis, taking authority away from the Rex.
Once again, Alastar must maintain a careful political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.
©2016 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2016 Tantor
I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed the rest of the imager books and that the books could be divided into 3 sets makes it easier to not get tired of them before they're finished.
My only issues were that many of the first names were the same as used in other books in the series, yet I can't remember any matching names in the first 2 sets of books. the second thing was the reader changed how he pronounced the names between the first and second books of this set.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss
Alastar returns 13 years older and wiser having settled into his position at Image Isle, and into being a father of a young Imager daughter.
After a decade of relative peace and prosperity, the High Holders begin fearing the rise of the Factors and seek to restore their past glory. Once again it is up to Alastar to save Solidar from itself!
Fans of Modesitt will know what to expect with book 10 in the series. Modesitt writes fantasy that is a bit heavy on politics and economics of a world. If you are new to the series, start with book 1 or 4.
My only critique is that Alastar doesn't really grow as a character much in the 2 books. Im hoping the next Imager book mixes up the formula a bit.
Good job from William Dufris, but he struggles with the female voices in my opinion.
it appear the author ran out of idea, the story could shorten by half.
Weak willed character that doesn't make any sense. The main character is a powerful imager that in charge of school with student being kill left and right, but all he do is internalized that how sorry that happen. When given the chance to take action by killing the one that attempt to kill him and actually kill his people, all he does is kill the hireling and leave the mastermind alone. Unlike previous main character of the series [Alastar] is weak and indecisive. The book about this character doesn't add to the world but taken away from it. In other series Alastar would've been a side antagonize character.
I like the reading, he make the character real.
I would tell the author to not milk the story, the story is long for it own sake instead of imparting information or character. A lot of unneeded drag out of scene just for the word count.
I love the Author writing and the series previous book, but this book really get to me. The main character are weak and the plot is lacking.
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