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L.E. Modesitt Jr.
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Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,704 ratings  ·  119 reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published October 2010 by TOR Fantasy (first published October 12th 2009)
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I first read this about 5 years ago when it came out & gave it 3 stars. I'm bumping it up to 4 stars. Modesitt weaves a great mystery through his unique magical fantasy world. It's very realistic in many ways as it explores balances of power, money, influence, & public perceptions. Power certainly comes in many forms & isn't the panacea it is in simpler novels. The method of magic, imaging, is uniquely handled & the growth of the main character is excellent.

This book should defin
As with the first book in the series, LE Modesitt has become too verbose for his own good. Why do I need to know every time the main character eats what he is eating, and what fictitious wine is best paired with it?

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
2.75 stars

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
Mike (the Paladin)
This is I believe an exceptional series (for brain candy that is) and I'm enjoying it immensely. I considered going down to 4 stars on this one as it probably hit 4.5 rather than a full five in some ways... but in the end decided that for "enjoyment factor" it gets a 5.

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
William Bentrim
Imager’s Challenge by L.E. Modesitt, jr

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.

As i
Shay VanZwoll
Follow the story of Rhennthyl D'Imagisle, Master Imager. Imager's Challenge starts up immediately where Imager, the first novel in the Imager Portfolio, left off. The Collegium of Imagers has determined the Rhenn is not exact the "covert" type, since his actions tend to bring attention to him faster than he can hide them. This is a skill the Rhenn will need to learn, as his past actions has come back to haunt him in the presence of High Holder Ryel, the father of Johanyr.

In-between watching Ryel
"Imager's Challenge" picks up directly where "Imager" left off. I like the way the characters continue to develop as well as how the plot develops. Although a fantasy, the book also contains elements of a mystery. There are lots of twists and personal challenges for the main character. The book finishes off off like it, with the first, is a completed duology. I hope not though. I really want to learn more about Rhenn, Seliora,and several other characters.
Imager's Challenge continues the political intrigue started in Imager. Rhenn is learning that there is more to worry about and more to look for, even in the college that is supposed to be supporting him. As he continues to master his magical talents he must also learn the depths of the dangerous world that he lives in. The plot is becoming deeper as the books progress and I can't wait to see what the next Imager Portfolio will bring us.
Every bit as good as the first one, perhaps even better because of the greater resolution.
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.

N Islam
I just finished 15% of this book. I couldn't take it anymore. Every menial detail is talked about, stuff that you probably don't care about. I thought that after the first book was done, we'd get into the real fun of it, but we don't.

The fact of that matter is, imaging seems to be merely there for convenience or to make this novel a fantasy novel. Imagers are pretty pointless people, who can do little other than copy things and make shields. The romance here is getting to the point of annoying,
Summary: Excellent second book in the series, every bit as good as the first one. Very interesting universe, great magic system, very well written. A well thought out and executed plot. Classic Modesitt. The ethics are a bit questionable but I guess that's deliberate.

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
Patricia Hamill
Imager’s Challenge by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Not too bad as far as sequels go, but featuring a somewhat muddy plot.
In this story, we pick up with Rhenn right after his rather overzealous handling of the Ferran spies at the end of Imager. He's beat up, broken, and unofficially barred from duty at the Council, so he finds himself sent to the Civil Patrol as a Liaison for the Collegium, where he soon discovers evidence of corruption and becomes a target (nothing new for Rhenn at this point). Add to that
The Book Guru
Rhenn battles all kinds of assassins in this book, as he simultaneously tries to perform his duties as a civic patrol liason and deal with a high holder with a grudge, all the while trying to maintain a relationship and trying to become fit and healthy, not to mention attempting to keep in touch with his family..
Sounds like too much?
Yes I did think the book was interesting and yes I am still annoyed by the unnecessary use of 'milles' and 'glasses' (i feel at this point #modesitt himself regrets
Scott Lee
Modesitt is another very interesting fantasy writer (ok, writer of science fiction and fantasy) in that he breaks the moldy old traditional "hero on a quest to save the world" fantasy trope, and always has. Modesitt, to the best of my knowledge has never written an end days/dark lord fantasy. He does, however, write very good fantasy and never seems to get much credit when people discuss fantasy writers that are doing "new and different things" with the genre, perhaps because his brand of new an ...more
Now this was a good book! Lots of adventure, romance in the way that male writers write it- courtly and chivalrous. A little too repetitive re his anger at the collegium, and Mr Modesitt's feelings about PC culture, New Age beliefs, Congress, conservative religion is pretty thinly veiled, to me. I decided to find it amusing. But otherwise very intersting story and exciting. He is of course, becoming a male version of a Mary Jane. A Billy Jo? But I liked the mystical aspect of his Erion to Selior ...more
Imager's Challenge picks up directly where Imager left off; Rhenn recovering from his injuries and getting ready for his new position of imager liason to the Civic Patrol. The title of this book is extremely accurate, as he has many challenges to deal with, not only in his new job with internal corruption and gang lords, but also in his private life with the vendetta that high holder Ryel now has against him for blinding his son in the last book. Rhenn gets little help from the Collegium, who do ...more
Jimm Wetherbee
Imager's Challenge: The Second Book of the Imager Portfolio, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (TOR 2009).

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
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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
This was a great book, exactly like the previous one and bulging with excitement, adventure and that brilliant imagination that Modesitt Jr. has decided to share with us. A quirky, fantastic Four and a Half Stars.

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
Imager's Challenge is the second book in the IMAGER PORTFOLIO, the latest fantasy series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. The author is probably best known for his ongoing SAGA OF RECLUCE, but for readers who may be daunted by the length of that series, the IMAGER PORTFOLIO is a great way to try the work of this talented and prolific writer.

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
The 2nd in Modesitt Jr's Imager series, this book follows directly on from where we last left our main character in the first book, Rhenn having saved the day once, now has to deal with the consequences of his success, as if having a new job to do was enough to do he also has to deal with a grudge which while caused in the first book, never really saw anything happen with it until now, and it begins escalating in a large way, along with assassination attempts, trying to stay on his girlfriends g ...more
Nov 04, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Modisett fans who like his books and do not mind his lectures on power
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
In the first novel in this series, Rhenn, the Imager, and title character has learned about his powers and has been indoctrinated into the Collegium, the group of Imagers who live on Imagisle in the land of Solidar. Modesitt spent a lot of time exploring philosophy, law, and the limits of power, to my mind too much time, but the character is interesting and the magic itself of imagining a new realty or new things is pretty neat magic.

In this second book, the stakes are higher for Rhenn. He has n
Most of what I mentioned in my review of Imager still holds - a great background canvas with an industrial revolution flair and the characters have a pleasing depth. One main difference was the pace which remains if not thrilling then at least quick throughout.

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
After reading (and purchasing) 25 books by L.E. Modesitt Jr. I find myself really disappointed in this Imager Portfolio series. I am sure that for a first time reader of his works, this series will be enjoyable but for someone who has committed more than a few hours to his other worlds and series I think it's time to move on. If you have never read any of his work, stop now and enjoy them for what they are.

My reasons for disliking his recent work is that I have come to the realisation that, in
Peter Greenwell
At times I wanted to give up reading this, and just move on. Compared to the first book, it's not as cohesive as it should be and as other people have mentioned in reviews here, there's a lot of incidental filler to pad out the book, like what Rhennthyl has for dinner, or what wine goes with what, or the fact he had a shower and shave.

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
Rena McGee
In Imager’s Challenge, Rhenn has been assigned as a liaison to the Civic Patrol of L’Excelis. This is supposedly to keep him out of trouble after his previous flashy adventures in counter-intelligence. Instead, he finds himself having to deal with the Commander of the Civic Patrol not particularly wanting an imager liaison on the force. Rhenn is assigned a very poor district to patrol. On top of that, a High Holder noble has given him a formal declaration that he intends to destroy Rhenn and his ...more
Simon Forsyth
This book is like all of his books, following the same themes of personal responsibility, highly capable protagonists, and many meals with descriptions of all that is eaten or offered. Despite the continuing similarities with his other works, I continue to read and enjoy them for the endlessly varied professions he describes, whether that be scrivener, cooper, portraitist, blacksmith, spy, military officer, singer, or scholar. I do wish he'd stop using his characters to lecture about the consequ ...more
The second book holds up strong, and I think anyone who likes the first book will like the second. Honestly, it felt like they were really the same book anyway. As for people's complaints about him being too verbose, well, that's why reading is so great--easy to read some parts faster than others. But the prose is there for those who enjoy that verbose style in that area.

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
The sequel definitely has more action and excitement in it, rather than just continuous shielding of bullets on Rhenn's part.
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
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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.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u
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Other Books in the Series

Imager Portfolio (9 books)
  • Imager (Imager Portfolio, #1)
  • Imager's Intrigue (Imager Portfolio, #3)
  • Scholar (Imager Portfolio, #4)
  • Princeps (Imager Portfolio, #5)
  • Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio, #6)
  • Antiagon Fire (Imager Portfolio, #7)
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  • Madness in Solidar (Imager Portfolio, #9)

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“In both arguments, the implication was the same—the individual mattered far less than either Solidar or the Collegium. While that was certainly true, the corollary was that the individual mattered not at all, except in service to the larger group…and that I could not accept.” 0 likes
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