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Antiagon Fire: The Seventh Book of the Imager Portfolio (Imager Portfolio #7)

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The hard-won battles fought in Imager's Battalion have earned Quaeryt a promotion to commander, as well as an assignment to convince the Pharsi High Council in the nation of Khel to submit to Lord Bhayar's rule, which is key to Bhayar's ambition to unite all of Solidar. Joined by his pregnant wife Vaelora, who is also Bhayar's sister, Quaeryt leads an army and a handful of ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Tor Books
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Bryan Brown
Jun 28, 2014 Bryan Brown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a weaker entry in the Imager series. I was disappointed to see that the romance fell a bit flat during most of the book. I kept thinking that either Quyaert or Valoria would bring this up. They seemed to really fail in communication which felt wrong after so many of the letters between the two in the other books in the series. It projected a sense of isolation onto both characters which weakened them both. I would hope this is corrected in the next book. There is something to build on at ...more
J L's Bibliomania
There are some actors who it is said can make it a pleasure to listen to ANYTHING, be it the phone book or the part of The Book of Numbers that reads:
5. The Israelites set out from Ramses and encamped at Succoth.
6. They set out from Succoth and encamped at Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness.
7. They set out from Etham and turned about toward Pi-hahiroth, which faces Baal-zephon, and they encamped before Migdol.
8. They set out from Pene-hahiroth and passed through the sea into the wilde
Nov 13, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovo mi je za sada omiljena knjiga u ovom serijalu. Dobijamo uvid kako je tesko kontrolisati neku zemlju koja je tek osvojena posto ovako nesto skoro nikada nije opisano u knigama. Isto tako dobro je prikazana i sva moralna dilema oko upotrebe sile za dobijanja prave stvari odnosno kada koristimo izgovor da bi sebe ubedeli da ono sto radimo je ispravno. u svakom slucaju preporuka.

Idemo dalje na zavrsetak serijala.
Initial thoughts March 11, 2013

I finished Antiagon Fire by LE Modesitt, 4th Quaeryt Imager book (and next to last with Rex Regis ending his saga), book tbp in May (the 3rd book Imager's Battalion has been recently released btw) and it was as good as the previous three; same structure and same kind of topics, lots of action, intrigue and all the favorite characters back; as a small spoiler (the title kind of makes it clear though), Quaeryt and his imagers finally meet opposing imagers in battle.
About 2/3 of the way through the book, I found myself not wanting to listen anymore because of the reasoning behind justifying the war. Taking rule over many lands to apply the same set of laws and eliminate all future fighting: seriously? Just because people are different doesn't make their way of living wrong and worthy of domination. Modesitt tries to further justify this war by showing the other rulers as using iron fists on their people; this makes gracious Bahyar shine in contrast. However ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Marlie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that the shine is wearing off this series for me. In this book, Quaeryt faces a series of challenges as he attempts to carry out his lord's orders. This is exactly the same plot as the last 2 books, and since it takes Quaeryt half a page to solve any problem put in front of him, it turns the book into a long slog. The rest of the book is padded with discussions on the practicalities of outfitting an army, and training students. In summary this book is a long series of repetitive ...more
Daniel Doyle
I'm not sure what happened from Imager's Battalion to Antiagon Fire, but this book fell flat. I enjoy the philosophies Modesitt offers throughout his books, even though I am not a big fan of organized religion, but something was off with his formula this time around. With each chapter I was waiting for some exciting character growth, but those opportunities were few and far in between prolonged travels to unite all of the lands.
Travis Littlechilds
At this point in the series, I feel like time has slowed down. This book felt almost like a rewrite of the last two, just with slight increases in rank all around. I still enjoy seeing what will happen, but it feels less dynamic than the beginning of the series.
Jun 17, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So descriptive and powerful. Sad ending (don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet).
Mary Soon Lee
Nov 11, 2016 Mary Soon Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Antiagon Fire" is the seventh book in L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s Imager series, and the fourth focused on Quaeryt, a scholar who also wields imaging magic. I found this book less compelling than Imager's Battalion (my favorite in the series so far), and, at times, somewhat predictable as it repeated patterns from earlier installments. That said, I continue to find Quaeryt both a likable and thought-provoking character. The series raises questions about the use of power, and whether it is ever right to ...more
Lupine Smile
The characters and world continued to hold up well, but the overall plot was a little thin. The author generally has a much better product when the main characters stay in one place, and there was a a lot of travelling in this book.
Rob Janzen
Feb 12, 2017 Rob Janzen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio, 2017
If you've read the rest of the Imager Portfolio books, you know what to expect. This one is a travel book, with fighting. This was a mostly solid book, but seemed repetitive at times - explaining the same thing to different groups of people.

Jay Oyster
May 30, 2013 Jay Oyster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holly Oyster
Antiagon Fire is the fourth book in L.E.Modesitt's second Imager series. The first series,a trilogy composed of Imager, Imager's Challenge, and Imager's Intrigue were set in a location that is very reminiscent of 1890s Paris. The second series, Scholar, Princeps, Imager's Batallion, Antiagon Fire, and the final book in the second series, Rex Regis, are set many hundreds of years earlier in the same world. If I had to guess at a parallel date, I'd guess at around 1500CE for this second series, si ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbr6
Two things struck me as I was preparing for this review: First, I somehow managed to skip Imager’s Battalion during my utter failure of a Cannonball Read 5. I read the book, but I never got a review up. Second, I think I ran out of useful things to say about the series back at book five. The things that I liked are still good, and the elements that are weaker don’t seem to be improving. If anything, the series’ increasing focus on military action reduces the immediacy of Quaeryt’s story and unde ...more
Kurt Cagle
Feb 22, 2014 Kurt Cagle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've read the Queryt series from the beginning, and was disappointed enough with Imager's battalion to the extent that I was almost ready to drop it. With Antiagon Fire, I'm now glad that I didn't.

As I have remarked previously, Modesitt has a clear formula - insecure hypercompetent protagonist gets put into a position where he's fighting a corrupt government and insurmountable odds, manages to get himself very nearly killed several times, then, in the big rousing finale, literally brings the hou
Jun 01, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

In most epic fantasies, the theme is good vs. evil. Often, specifically, some youngster discovers that he or she is a hero of legendary destiny and gathers a group of like-minded souls together to go out and face the dastardly grand pooh-bah of powerful wickedness.
Quaeryt Ryterson, the current hero of L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s Imager Portfolio, doesn’t really fit the mold, and neither does the Imager Portfolio series. I’ve enjoyed the story more for those differe
Nov 08, 2013 Yune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Although, as another reader says, Modesitt's fiction is always thoughtful -- there are always consequences, not only plot-wise, but in the mundane details and world setup -- I find it to be a comfort read. He reliably delivers pretty much what I expect from his previous books, so I know exactly what I'm getting. Others find him repetitive, so your mileage may vary.

I did find the pacing a bit slow on this one. Quaeryt, our scholar-turned-military-commander hero, is tasked with a peaceful conquest
Dec 16, 2013 Francesco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _eng, _reviewed, fantasy
Vote: 3,75
Class: L-A3 (FP)

(seventh book of the Imager Series; fourth out of five of the Quaeryt Saga)

I've liked the original trilogy and I'm liking this sequel: a good characterization, an intriguing story and a some refreshing wit. It'a almost a fantasy political-war-spy story with an original magical system and good world building. Sometimes slow but never boring.
This second series is going more toward military-fantasy.

The world (3,75) is well built and solid and the magical powers are intere
William Bentrim
Sep 04, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antiagon Fire by L.E. Modesitt, jr

This is a continuation of the Imager Portfolio. This is the 7th volume. Vaelora has a larger role in this book. As Quaeryt’s wife, she often seems to ride in the back of the bus but in this book, she often is the more influential of the couple. She and Quaeryt are tasked to bring Khel into the fold with as little fighting as possible. This task is complicated by Antiagon.

Quaeryt’s seemingly inexhaustible vitality is challenged again. His philiosphic approach to
Jun 07, 2015 D.w. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
This is the fourth book in this part of the Imager Series. We are still focused on conquering the entire continent, and so we see once again the formula that Modesitt employs. We can't succeed at conquering all of the world. A few of our friends die along the way, a few others pose a challenge. The enemies our hero knows to exist go unchallenged. The King is manipulated along the way.

It is a formula we have seen throughout the three previous books. And so we are used to it. There is a weird pac
Dec 24, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this Imager series that Modesitt has written. In places the series is a bit slow, however, I kind of appreciate it. I like the attention to detail that he has given his story line. I like reading about the military tactics that the protagonist takes as he leads his army to war.

There are a few things that bother me with Modesitt. I dislike the over use of the word "ease". It almost seems as though he is fixated on that particular word. People ease a glass on a table, someone eases through
Rena McGee
In Antiagon Fire, Quaeryt backs up his wife Vaelora when they are sent on a diplomatic mission to Khel. They also attempt to meet with Bovarian High Holders who don’t show much interest in cooperating with the regime change. The Bovarian High Holders flee to Antiago,which refuses to repatriate them and shows clear signs of being antagonistic to Bhayar’s plans of conquest. (As you do when you’re an independent country that would like to stay that way.) This of course forces Quaeryt to head into A ...more
D.L. Morrese
Reading a book in the Imager series is much like watching a chess game. The individual characters are rather wooden, but the tactics and maneuvers are interesting - and the board is exquisitely detailed. Antiagon Fire is mostly military fantasy with the same kind of political manipulation we've seen in the previous books in the series. I can't say I like any of the characters. I don't find them or their goals admirable in any way, and the protagonist's aim of forced conquest of the continent cal ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love L.E. Modesitt Jr. and his books. He is the premier world builder and from his first volumes of Recluse to this one, he maintains the quality of thought and character. I am enjoying the Imager series and Quayert and his wife Valeria. They are deep characters who grow throughout the series as do all the characters, soldiers and rulers alike. The details of military campaigns, of strategy and of course, imaging (this worlds magic) are superb. The only reason I don't rate this a 5 star i ...more
Henry Lazarus
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is one of my favorite authors because of the detail of his magical worlds. After a trilogy set in a world where magicians image things, he has begun a five part tale of the imager responsible for uniting all of Lydar. Quaeryt has risen to the rank of Commander in this fourth tale and is sent with his wife, the King’s sister, is sent on a diplomatic journey to a northern kingdom to convince them to join the growing kingdom. Coming back he realized that he needs to go south and ...more
Dennis Fahey
Nothing new...

This entire series consists of repeating the following over and over again, ad nauseum; " hero confronts a new problem/enemy/threat. Hero contemplates, attempts what no person in memory has ever done,....and accomplishes the seemingly impossible", then takes a snack and a nap and does it all over again. Of course each time the danger is worse, his efforts even more incredible.
The only thing that changes is the enemy or their numbers, the town/city/country/location of his feats, an
Latest in the Imager series, following Quaeryt Rytersen and his wife Veloria into Khel to treat with the Pharsi council and then back to the middle of the southern side of the island to deal with the Autarch of Antiago. It was a lot of politics, a lot of imaging roads, and a lot of destruction of property. There were some interesting new cultural bits in Khel, including a magical test of sorts.

I picked it up because I still want to know how the country was founded and how the Imagers got their s
May 29, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zacaro Caro
I made it about halfway through and I think I'm giving up on this book, and perhaps I'm done with the series maybe.

There's nothing in this book that turned me away except I'm listening to it on audio, and I'm having a hard time getting engaged. I find myself distracted, great narrator and consistent with the other 6 which I've listened to and enjoyed. I started this book and struggled. I decided to take a break and read a few other books before I return.

I like the author and narrator and perhaps
Nov 30, 2013 Áine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the other books in this series, the politics are complex (to the point that I often don't come to the conclusions the characters do about one another... am I just not as smart as they are?) and the magic intriguing. The characters are really the high point of the books, and as usual, although Vaelora drove me nuts in this one. She is so touchy and irritable to the point of bitchiness!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Imager Portfolio (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Imager (Imager Portfolio, #1)
  • Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio, #2)
  • Imager's Intrigue (Imager Portfolio, #3)
  • Scholar (Imager Portfolio, #4)
  • Princeps (Imager Portfolio, #5)
  • Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio, #6)
  • Rex Regis (Imager Portfolio, #8)
  • Madness in Solidar (Imager Portfolio, #9)
  • Treachery's Tools (Imager Portfolio, #10)
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