Scholar (Imager Portfolio, #4)
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Scholar (Imager Portfolio #4)

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Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three — Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, c...more
Hardcover, 508 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Tor Books (first published November 2011)
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The first trilogy describes a well established school for imagers. Due to their powers, they're feared & have a precarious position in society. They also often die young even with the all the help they get through the school.

Much that Rhen took for granted hasn't even been thought of 700 years previous, before there was a school & imagers tried to hide their powers. Each figured it all out on their own. Worse, this is a Medieval world in many respects. No scientific method or even much...more
In a pattern that’s by now familiar for L.E. Modesitt Jr., Scholar marks a new beginning in the IMAGER PORTFOLIO series. The book is set several hundred years before the events portrayed in the three “Rhentyll” novels Imager, Imager’s Challenge, and Imager’s Intrigue. Because of this, Scholar shares no characters with the earlier novels in the series and can be read separately. However, if you haven’t read the Rhentyll novels yet and are in the mood for some good, thoughtful fantasy, I still rec...more
What I enjoy most about L.E. Modesitt Jr. is his blend of fantasy, physics, sociology, psychology, and religion. His characters become partners in adventure for the reader, and the social dynamics are every bit as engaging and complex as what most people encounter.

The only detractor, if it can really be called that given the various narrative preferences of Modesitt Jr.'s readership, is the slower pace of action as compared to Imager and Imager's Challenge. Those who favor a more sophisticated e...more
Michael Manning
I just love everything Modesitt has written. I honestly believe the man could write a story about someone watching grass grow and I would still love it.

Something about the careful nature of his plots always draws me in.

This book did not disappoint.
William Bentrim
Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, jr

In the spirit of the terrific Recluse series, the Imager series debuts a new world of similar interest. Imagers, must like mages in the Recluse series seem both powerful and powerless. This book deals with an Imager who, in self defense, has masked his skills and lives his life as a simple scholar, who really is not that simple.

Modesitt has a distinct style that permeates his books. I enjoy the self depreciating nature of his protagonists and their normalcy in dealin...more
I quite enjoyed the book. “Scholar” is set in the same world as the excellent Imager trilogy [“Imager”, “Imager's Challenge”, and “Imager's Intrigue”] but it is not “Imager 4” as it is set several centuries before the original series, before Solidar was a unified country. It doesn’t share any characters with the first series. I would say that it can be read without having read first trilogy and, as usual for L.E. Modesitt, Jr., the world-building is superb; but I also think having read the first...more
This is a book that starts a prequel series to Imager but it is a standalone as storyline goes with a definite ending to its main thread though of course more is to come.

It has some similarity with the 3rd Imager book as it being more of a fantasy thriller than anything though it has quite a lot of battles and fights too, so it moves toward clear adventure in the last third

It is also a very clear example of the classical approach to sff - the super competent but not destined hero that was favore...more
Keilani Ludlow
If you like his Imager series, or his Corean Chronicles series for that matter - because they're not the same but they are
similar - then you'll like this one. As with all his fantasy, it leans a bit more towards sci-fi, and it's full of deep ethical
questions and discussions. His main character is a GOOD guy without being perfect, which I always enjoy.

This series jumps backwards in time, a few hundred years or so, before the original Imager series. It's a nice way to
refresh a setting that has...more
Deanne Roberts
Once again L.E. Modesitt Jr. has given us a compelling story. Set several hundreds of years before his first two Imager novels "Scholar" shows us a world before imagers became organized into a cohesive force. As in most Modesitt novels the main character Quaeryt is a modest and moral man with no aspirations of power. And yet he finds himself in a position to create great changes while defending his kings realm. The writing is as always excellent and the story interesting. My only complaint is th...more
3.5 rounds up to 4. :)

Good solid book by Modesitt - not really a good starting point for the world; however, in context of being book 4 in the world, and the first book of what I can only presume is the start of another series it works well.

As it seems I keep saying, the book starts slow, it is a political intrigue type novel, and there is a wide cast of characters; though, honestly, unless some of the folks who are introduced in the first third show up in future books, Chekov's gun never fires....more
I've enjoyed the Saga of Recluce series for years, enjoy the continuing Corean Chronicles and was happy to try the Imager Portfolio when it first came out. Scholar definitely does not disappoint- the writing is smooth, intrigue interesting and it looks like we're going to see the beginnings of formal training and recognition of imagers somewhere in the series. An excellent read, as all of his work is, definitely looking forward to the release of Princeps in a few months.
Laura Gilfillan
I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the imager portfolio, although I was a little disappointed at first that it did not take up with the same characters. But only at first, and then I was quite taken in with it. I really especially liked the ending on this one, and look forward to any more books in this series, should the author be inclined to write any more.
The start of a sub-series prequel to the Imager books, although in some ways I thought it "felt" more like the author's Corus and Recluce series. Perhaps it's because it takes place in a more unsettled environment like the other two, rather than the more citified, stable setting in the previous Imager novels. Definitely a pleasure for Modesitt fans for sure.
Craig Corlis
Another great novel in the Imager series. Although Quaeryt didn't grow on me quite as fast as Rhenn did from the original trilogy, and the romance introduced sort of felt forced at the end, the journey he faced and challenges he overcame during this first book set a nice stage for the books to come.
Edward Klose
I am currently in a re-read, as the next book in this series comes out this week. Really have enjoyed it, even the second time around. Starts a little slower than the previous three. And as usual with Modesitt, this goes back an era. He likes to go out of time sequence.
This was a great prequel to the Imager Series. I really enjoy seeing the main character grow, and do his best to do the right thing, even as he is keeping his abilities secret.
Dec 14, 2011 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Interesting backstory to the Imager novels. Twist at the ending. Interesting to see if there are more volumes in backstory tale.
Kerr Cuhulain
Prequel to the books in the Imager portfolio already out there. Great characters and lots of intrigue.
The latest in Modesitt's great Imager Portfolio. I can see this series expanding as the Recluse series did.
Doug Newdick
Perhaps it is inevitable that I liked a fantasy novel about a scholar - but this is well written and avoids many of the cliches of the genre. Scholar is a story about a scholar and wizard (imager in the book's world) who travels to a far away city to assist the ruler of his kingdom in dealing with a troublesome province. The magic of this world and the religion are key parts of this story, lending it a feeling of realism and veracity (the author has clearly thought this through in great detail)...more
Summary: A prequel to the first 3 books, gives an interesting exploration into imager skills where these have to be learnt individually, normal cracking plot, Modesitt at his best.

Plotline: Really well thought out plot, the book could easily have been split into 2, the first half getting to his destination

Premise: More of the same, the imager universe is very interesting

Writing: Excellent, good description, good characterisations

Ending: A bit of a surprise right at the end, but really good.

Lori Mason
Different, a lot more subtleties in this one.
This type of book is for a particular type of person. Do you like first person narrative? A hero who questions himself incessantlly? Can you take that your poor hero is chroniclaly misunderstood though he is doing the right thing? Are you interested in catalouge of architectural details and military strategems? Do you like history? If not, throw this book down.

These books are much like the Foreigner series by CJ in the minute details and descriptions of life ina foreign land/environment. The str...more
This is the fourth book in the Imager series, pushed back in time 500 years. Our hero this time is Quaeryt, a politically astute scholar who is amazingly skilled at everything to which he puts his hands or his mind. He questions Lord Bhayar, the ruler of the country (essentially the king), a little too much about the military structure used by one of the governors, and ends up in the north end of nowhere trying to find out the answers.

As is usual with Modesitt's Imager series, there are plenty...more
Brandon Zarzyczny
I really loved this book, but I think that a big part of it is that I love Modesitt's writing. If I analyze the book too far, I can find problems with it, especially in regards to the relatively slow pacing and all of the crazy things that happen to the main character. I didn't read the previous Imager novels (I'm mainly a fan of the Recluse novels), so I thought that this prequel would be a good starting point. I love the main character of this book (even though his name is very odd) and how he...more
C2011: FWFTB: Intrigues, Tilbor, redeployed, imager, voyage. I enjoyed the Imager series so when I found out that a new series had been published, I was all for getting hold of a copy. My impression was that the whole plot was based on some actual Roman history just transposed, fiddled around a bit, a bit of magic thrown in etc et. I finished the book but instead of eagerly turning the pages found myself kind of in the doldrums, so to speak. By P108, the protagonist had already killed 5 people w...more
Clay Harris
Scholar was a great read. I was a fan of the first three books in the Imager Portfolio, and while I would have loved for the fourth book to be a continuation of the same character' story, I have to admit that his story had come to a fairly natural close, at least as far as potential future books are concerned. Scholar is the start of what is thus far a new tale in the world of Imagers, different enough that I found it rather intriguing to the very end.
The book does have its flaws, though. Or per...more
Michael Hall
Modesitt continues in top form with a new character and time period in his Imager series. Unlike most heroes who must grow into their roles, the protagonist here springs fully formed and on his way from the first page. Everything from from that point on is intrigue, action, philosophy, and world details. I love Modesitt's writing, but he's not for everyone. In fact, in this book I think he's raised his personal expectations of just how intelligent his readers should be. If you're the sort who ge...more
In practice, there are two solutions to mental stagnation. The first is to innovate; take the established scenario or problem and approach it with new ideas or a different perspective. The second is to do something else. If Modesitt successfully innovated in Imager’s Intrigue, the third book in the Imager Portfolio, he is now using the second tactic, abandoning everything but the setting from book three. Scholar upends the progression of the series by taking us back to the formation of Solidar a...more
I took a chance and purchased the first book in the Imager Portfolio series at a Book Warehouse and was pleasantly surprised. I followed it up with the next two books and was very satisfied by the end of the book 3.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that there was a 4th book already out and a 5th one on the way. I bought the 4th book and stared reading it about a week ago but so far I have to say I'm not a big fan of "Scholar". At about 1/3 of the way into the book to say that I'm a bit confu...more
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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

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