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Imager's Battalion: The Sixth Book of the Imager Portfolio (Imager Portfolio #6)

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The sequel to the New York Times bestselling Princeps follows magical hero Quaeryt as he leads history's first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife's brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria's attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has ...more
Paperback, 662 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 22nd 2013)
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Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in a funk yesterday, just ticked off at life in general & not feeling great physically, either. It was supposed to be a pretty day, but wound up being in the 40s with an amazingly raw & cutting wind. I just didn't feel like being an adult, so I sat around all day & just read this book - all 500 pages from start to finish. I finished it at midnight. (It's rare that I stay up until 10pm since I always wake up about 4am. Yes, even this morning. Ugh.)

This was a great retreat from t
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veliki ulozi, velike bitke, puno muka teskih odluka i pritajenih pretnji i moguce izdaje. Sve u svemu prica fino napreduje.
very addictive read - want to save it for a while but I am afraid i will read it very soon

Finished Imager's Battalion by LE Modesitt (3rd Quaeryt book and 6th Imager overall) and it was again un-putdownable so despite my resolution to hold on to it for a little more (it's January 2013 pub date), I *had to* read it; of course now that I finished it I want book 4, Antiagon Fire asap

Excellent stuff, same structure as books 1/2 (Scholar/Princeps) though this one is mostly war, Imagers (magic, powe
Kurt Cagle
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Modesitt
This, the sixth book in the Imager series, is typical Modesitt - the protagonist fighting against impossible odds with powers well beyond the ken of mortal man. It was not the author' best - this is the story of a campaign, and the protagonist, Quaeryt, uses his exceptional imaging ability to ultimately defeat not just his immediate foes but eventually ... well, okay, no spoilers.

Overall, my sense is that Modesitt has a formula that works for him, but he's definitely beginning to get into a rut
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Imager's Battalion" is a direct follow-up to "Princeps" and continues the story of Quaeryt, the Scholar/Imager, beginning within a few days of the end of "Princeps". If you are thinking about trying out this series, I would very much recommend beginning with the first volume of Quaeryt's adventures, "Scholar". The world-building, characterization, dialogue, and prose in this series are all excellent.

"Scholar" and "Princeps" followed the growth of Quaeryt's career and powers, with most of the wr
Keilani Ludlow
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I really say? More of the same. Quaeryt has become a sub commander and is still trying to help Lord Bhayar win the war against the evil invader, and so on and so forth. He still has to deal with intrigue from those superior officers and position holders under Lord Bhayar. He still has to teach other imagers, trying to determine who can be trusted and who cannot and what to teach each. He still is carefully laying the groundwork for a specific place/status for imagers and scholars. He st ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
April 2017 Review

June2014 Review Another excellent addition to the series. We're still following Quaeryt & likely will be in the next book, too. Definitely read these in published order.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending in some ways, others not. It was a bit too abrupt & I'm not sure it really solved some of the issues that were harped on in the book. I guess I'll find out in the next one, Antiagon Fire. Any discussion of it would be a spoiler, so please drop by the Modesitt group
David Newcombe
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of his better ones, appears to have been put in as part of a 5 book series and that it needs to be there to pad out the series or perhaps I am being too harsh.

Certainly got bored with the endless battles where qware it is put at the front just to discover some other technique to save the day, techniques that generally kill thousands without having the same affect on him

over 90% of the book seems just to be riding then fighting
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Great end to the 4 book series. I'm a sucker for somewhat tragic endings. Once I was towards the end it was all I could do to put it down and sleep.

With that being said, I think I have enjoyed the recluse series better. It is nice to get 4 books on one characters, and the format is very similar, but to me it is missing a bit of that magic.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good! So why the hell couldn't it have ended with a little more information? I am only placated in the fact that his next book, Antiagon's Fire, may be coming out in May. I hope it does, or for the first time, I will be dis-satisfied with Mr. Modesitt.
Alexander Smith
It was good until the the last few chapters. Modesitt does this in a few of his books. He spends plenty of time developing the story, and characters, and then rushes the ending.
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: I have come to like Quaeryt as much as I liked Rhenn. He's being less sneaky and being more heroic.

More people are learning he is an imager, and he's rising in the army and saving lives. Yet, he's also practical. He and the other Telaryns are invading Bovaria, and he calls it like it is. He admits to the local innkeepers that they are invaders, but he does his best to protect both the rankers and the natives. I think that is what impressed me the most, that he spent just as much
Mary Soon Lee
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, fantasy
"Imager's Battalion" is the sixth book in Modesitt's Imager series, and the third centered on Quaeryt, a scholar who also possesses a powerful magical imaging talent. All six of the Imager books share a deliberate, detailed, thoughtful approach. They are not books to hold up as exemplars of masterful prose. They are not pushing the boundaries of the fantasy genre. They are not filled with the flamboyance and wit of, for example, Scott Lynch's fantasy. But I care about their protagonists. I cared ...more
Pedro Marroquín
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buen libro en el que la magia del protagonista la usa para ganar batallas, todo tipo de batallas y escaramuzas. Solo se te hace algo pesado las continúas conversaciones con los demás militares sobre la inacción del mariscal al que deben ayudar. B
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! War is Hell!

Quart as soldier in the war with Rex Kharst.

I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Imager's Battalion does something amazing. It manages to embody that utter cliche of military campaigning--"hurry up and wait", and make it compelling reading at the same time.

All because Quaeryt is one of those characters who has a mind that the reader is more than willing to live in for hours at a time. He is a joy to follow. Even as merely a subcommander in his brother-in-law's army, Quaeryt's internal life fascinates, whether or not his external world c
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Modesitt's books (no small task, actually - he's very prolific) and honestly, there's only ever been a single one that I haven't truly enjoyed. Sitting down to read a Modesitt novel feels like coming home out of the cold and I eagerly anticipate them. That being said, however, there are obviously some that I enjoy more than others. Some of my favorites have been the early books of the Recluce sage, the Parafaith War, and the Soprano Sorceress series. I think I've now added a ne ...more
D.L. Morrese
This is the sixth installment in American fantasy writer L.E. Modesitt’s Imager series. In it, Quaeryt continues to advance his goals of making the continent of Lydar a safe place for imagers (the magicians of this world), Pharsi (an ethnic minority), and scholars (a much maligned group of scribes and thinkers). Quareyt is a member of all three in one way or another.

Bhayar, Lord of Telaryn, considers Quaeryt a friend and a competent ally. He is also his brother-in-law, but it is mainly for his i
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was long and dreary, though I do not fault the author, since the march of war is undoubtedly so. However, there were so many repetitions of (view spoiler) that I question the intelligence of the otherwise brilliant Quaeryt.
There are more than a few instances where all the war related jargon rendered me unable to visualise or understand what the problem was, and frankly I didn't think I'd cared to understand.
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Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quaeryt is now a subcommander in Lord Bhayar's army against Rex Kharst. As far as Imager history goes, this is the unification war for what becomes Solidar as well as explains the bigger Why there is an Imagisle school/residence for imagers in Rhen's time.

There is plenty of action in this book, and much like the first one (Scholar), the battles each build on the last, so that the small group of imaging undercaptains get a chance to develop their skills under Quaeryt's guidance and leadership. It
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Modesitt begins to fall into a pattern now with his series, that will take 5 books to tell of the conquest of the continent. The logic used by our hero to justify that conquest is such that victors always will use. That they have the better way. Through example, for our hero and those who share his ability which most are bigoted against, it is probably so. Still one can see how those who rule can twist ideals to their will.

It is perhaps part of being and portraying the human condition that we ev
William Bentrim
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagers Battalion by L.E. Modesitt, jr

This is a continuation of the Imager Portfolio. This is the 6th volume. The increased responsibilities Quaeryt discovers as a Governor pale in comparison to those he faces as a sub-commander in service to his brother-in-law, Lord Bhayar.

Quaeryt’s goals seem distant when he suddenly finds himself in the army, this time officially. His hopes to build a safe haven for scholars and imagers seem unreachable. His successes seem to create as many enemies of a home
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _eng, _reviewed, fantasy
Vote: 3,75
Class: L-A3 (FP)

(sixth book of the Imager Series; third 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 interesti
Imager’s Battalion is the sixth novel in L.E. Modesitt Jr.’s Imager Portfolio series, and the third one focusing on the life and times of Quaeryt, after Scholar and Princeps. The initial three novels (Imager, Imager’s Challenge and Imager’s Intrigue) had a different protagonist and were also set hundreds of years after Quaeryt’s time, which is, for this author, a typical shift in chronology.

All this to say that this is a review about the sixth book in an ongoing series. If you haven’t read at le
Rena McGee
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Imager’s Battalion, Quaeryt continues to further his goals in between leading imagers in battle against Bovaria and playing military chaplain. Since a part of his goal is to find ways to make imaging useful (which it is not, given that very little is known about the ability), the war gives him plenty of opportunity to do science. He also makes a few discoveries about a previous civilization that used imagers more extensively than his society, and learns more folklore related to Pharsi “lost o ...more
Dennis Fahey
Same stuff, getting monotonous

More of the usual...hero's abilities always just enough to save the day, while he gets battered and bruised. More deep deep derp musings on life and good vs. whatever. Nothing new, the saga plods along towards the inevitable "good guys" ( but what really IS good, anyway?) overcoming overwhelming odds to trounce the evil ones.
I liked the way the author writes until I'd read a half dozen of his books and realized that they were all more or less the same; characters,
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another in the Imager series. This is the 5th in the series of books. I love the series and absolutely love the author, but as with all series which extend beyond a trilogy, some books just aren't scintilating. This one, while it moves the plot along, is actually slow and plodding just like the army it follows from one battle to another skirmish to another battle until the climax battle. That being said I love the world that L.E. Modessit, Jr. creates with beliveable people, moral decisions, tho ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action was not just military in this installment of the Imager Portfolio series, it was some of the relationship building and internal struggling that this author is well known for.

Though this particular novel isn't mind blowing in revelations or catching you off guard with a huge plot twist, you feel yourself get drawn into it the more you read it. You need to see what happens as the story builds up.

And of course, right where this book ends is what I wanted more of. That build up felt like
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is some serious series padding. Modesitt's books can move leisurely at times - the detailed telling is one of the things I like best about his books - but this one is glacial. Actually things *do* happen - battle after battle after battle, all mostly interchangeable - but really nothing that moves the series' plot or characters forward in any way that couldn't have been done in 50-100 pages rather than the 500 here. The writing isn't bad, just mostly purposeless (assuming being purposeless ...more
Michael Hall
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the same Imager goodness from Mr Modesitt... There is really nothing new here. Quaeryt is still in the forefront of battles while also dealing with intrigue. The second half of this series had started slowly but this one is full speed ahead and non stop, which is a bit of a change for Modesitt. Much of the same detail in the setting and introspection of the character is seen here in combination with much more action. Battle, move along, fight again, and repeat till the very end which mak ...more
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