Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio #2)
Imager’s Challenge takes up immediately after the conclusion of Imager. Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L’Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the Commander of the Civic Patrol doesn’t
This new series by Modesitt is just not striking a chord with me, not like the Recluse Saga or the Spellsong Cycle did. I kept reading because I wanted to discover what happened, but not because I cared about Rhenn or any of the other characters. In that respect, it read more like a mystery rather than a character driven fantasy novel. And I still don't care for the magic system, which masquerades as psychic powers rather than something wondrous.
If Modesitt set out to make a social or...more
Things take far too long to develop and in a cliched way as well. At this stage, you want to finish the series but desperately wish that Modesitt would write tight and forget the BS that he has laced the tale with.
Now his works are becoming all rather the same. Meet Hero. He has fail...more
I will mention a couple of "niggling flaws" in a moment below a spoiler warning, but they are tiny. Overall, (as said) a good book. We follow the adventures of "our hero" through the trials and tribulations of being a (now master...more
This book picks up right where the previous one left off, without missing a beat.
The same characters are developed even further, and our hero continues to rise.
See my review of the first book, Imager, and expect an even larger second helping.
Plotline: Multiple threads run through the book, all centred on the main character, these are all nicely concluded, spectacularly in most cases.
Premise: Great magic system. We don't learn too much more from the first book, but their...more
This is the 2nd book in the Imager series. In the spirit of the terrific Recluse series, the Imager series debuts a new world of similar interest. Imagers, much like mages in the Recluse series seem both powerful and powerless. This book continues the story of a budding artist journeyman who tragically discovers he is an Imager. This story carries on from his discovery of his imaging ability and the danger and politics that surround a burgeoning power.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. has found his way into Reading EKScursions on a number occasions. Imager's Challenge is the second in the Imager Portfolio series. There is also a review of Imager, the first book in this series.
The Imager Portfolio follows the career of one Rhennthyl. Rhennthyl is the son a middle-class manufacturer who (much to his father's consternation) pursues a career as a portraiturist but wh...more
Though he seemed destined to become a master artisan, Rhennthyl's rare ability to visualize objects and cause them to materialize has altered his life's course completely. Rhenn is an imager, one of the select few on Terahnar, and this is his story.
After recovering from injuries inflicted during his foiling of a plot masterminded by the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is appointed as the imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis, but this "promotio...more
Plot : Four Stars
Joining up with the city guard, this tale has a much rougher feel to it as our hero imager gets to grip with crime face to face. Like the previous book this could be accused of being somewhat slow, however I think this stately pace fits the tale perfectly. The action...more
Imager's Challenge picks up right where Imager left off. Rhenntyl, now a master imager at the Collegium Imago, has succeeded in foiling the plot of the Ferran envoy, but...more
In this second book, the stakes are higher for Rhenn. He has n...more
In this book we leave the realm of the Patrick Rothfuss-esque - no more academy learning, Rhenn has maybe not fully grown up but is certainly involved in very adult concerns, with serious responsibilities. Responsibilities are also a main...more
My reasons for disliking his recent work is that I have come to the realisation that, in...more
These little things aren't this book's biggest issues though. The big one is the comparative lack of action - or lack of anything for pages on end - except note...more
As I said about the first book in the series:
I think this book is fantastic compared to a lot of the fantasy I've read. If yo...more
However, I have to say that the narration is a little bland. It's like a grocery list of whatever he does for the entire day.
The main reason I still rated it a 4 is the range of intriguing philosophical questions that came up in the complexity of the problems Rhenn faced.
What really struck me was the fact that people aspire for things to be easier instead of better. It f...more
It was enjoyable enough, but I did find myself skimming through parts, just because I didn't find them very interesting.
And, I don't know what it is about this author, but I have never encountered one that consistently talked about going to eat, or eating, or what people are eating. I think I had almost every meal...more
I highly recommend this series. The world building is excellent. Detailed. I was amazed at the author's insight into political problems of his world with 2 moons. I...more
The book fell into a trap of repetition of format. There was a pattern to Rhen's life that was not only repetitive but redundant and then repetitive.
Book two did a good job of expanding on the open threads from book one. The story itself was well done and the conflicts handled well. Would it have been possible for the writer to interject more conflict or raise the tension level, probably. One of the potential conflicts was solved b...more
He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u...more