Agree with some of the other reviewers that the beginning is VERY slow. Also, the script of the protagonist's father, teachers and mentors is so patro..Show More »nizing, coupled with the narrators tone of the characters, makes it difficult to stay engaged. Feels like being in Catholic school (no offense intended!). Yes it gets better as it goes but not that great really. Rather flat. I think I'll stop here and look at some other series I've had my eye on. Perhaps I'll come back to it later...
I really enjoyed this book, the second in the Imager's series from L.E. Modesitt. I have been eagerly awaiting it since I picked up the first book on..Show More » audible. This series is deeper than some, with a slower moving plot as it explores more intellectual and strategic themes, but it has plenty of action to keep you moving forward. And William Dufris is an excellent narrator. Can't wait for the next book.
I had high hopes for this one after enjoying the previous two. It is worth a credit especially if you enjoyed the others.
This book just..Show More » did not have enough conflict. The arc fell pretty flat and the characters did not really evolve at all. That might be kind of harsh, but looking back it feels like the storyline did not take any real jumps forward.
I enjoyed the first 3 books of the Imager Portfolio so I eagerly picked up the 4th. Unfortunately, this is a weak story with way too many long sequenc..Show More »es of boring material. I never grew attached to the main character and never became invested in the outcome. I stuck it out to the end and it did pick up a little, but not enough to give it more than 2 stars.
William Dufris narrates again and he does as well as could be expected with the material he had to work with. If a 5th book in the series is ever released I will certainly pause before picking it up.
Princeps picks up shortly after Scholar leaves off and continues to follow the life of Quaeryt as he develops his Imager abilities. He figures out new..Show More » ways to use his powers in various different roles and he becomes an important tool for Lord Bhayar. This book is not as boring as Scholar but it is also nowhere near as interesting as the first 3 in the series.
Why is that? In the first 3 books the magic and abilities of the Imagers was more fully flushed out and we learned about those powers along with the main character. Rhennthyl was a likeable character and it was easy to put yourself in the story and imagine what it would be like to explore your new found magical powers and struggle to understand the rules around the use of such powers. There are powerful Imagers teaching the newbies and it is interesting to see how they discipline themselves and how the world deals with the fact that Imagers exist.
In the new series Quaeryt is not very likable, sometimes uses his powers in morally questionable ways, and is represented as the only Imager to ever figure anything out. Apparently all other Imagers take their powers for granted and only he pushes the boundaries of what is possible. That doesn't sit well with me and I don't find myself rooting for him or wondering what I would do in his place. It is this disconnect that has me enjoying these books much less than the first three.
If you liked Quaeryt in the last book and enjoyed the role he plays in defining Imager abilities then you should like this book even more. However, for me I do not agree with the other reviews stating that this book is up the standards set in the first 3. It's better than Scholar but still not on par with the others in the series.
William Dufris does another solid job on the narration.
Still Around? You Should Like This One Well Enough
In book 4, Scholar, we were introduced to Quaeryt, in the beginning of this prequel for the Imagers series, where he learns to become a master imager...Show More » In book 5, Princeps, we got to see Quaeryt function as a governor as he delved into the intricacies of politics and problems that arise from corrupt government. Now in book 6, Imager's Battalion, we get a continuation of adventures involving Quaeryt as he goes on a military march to Bovaria as a sub commander to destroy some evil ruler. We have established that our protagonist is a strong leader and the best imager around and now we get to see him training others. He commits to this military campaign in order to secure a need and better standing for imagers in his land. We explore what it might take for this to happen and can make connections to what creates the rules in which imagers must live by in the future.
What made this a 3 star instead of a higher rating for me was the constant second guessing, moaning, justification, and false modesty Quaeryt would go through in his campaign of carnage. We also get more preaching about naming. This isn't exactly something new and such themes repeat through the other two previous books. The narration isn't stellar either. I wish William Dufris would cut out his injured voice. The characters sound similar as well. I didn't think he was the best narrator for the first three books and I would have preferred for this new set of characters to have someone else. Anyhow, we get a book 7, Antiagon Fire, which just came out recently. We have a decent conclusion to events in this book, but there are many things that still need to happen to secure a future for imagers. I'm a little sad because I hoped this would end as a trilogy so L. E. Modesitt might be able to focus on a future story line involving imagers instead of this prequel business. Should there be more prequels written than the main trilogy that started Imagers? On the other hand, I am impressed on the speed that L. E. Modesitt is releasing these books.
I may be a little critical here, but I do enjoy this series enough that I spend my credits on them.