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Imager's Intrigue

(Imager Portfolio #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,696 ratings  ·  168 reviews
In "Imager, "the first book of the Imager Portfolio, we met Rhennthyl, an apprentice portrait artist whose life was changed by a disastrous fire. But the blaze that took his master's life and destroyed his livelihood revealed a secret power previously dormant in Rhenn; the power of imaging, the ability to shape matter using thought. With some trouble, he adapts to the cont ...more
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Tor Books (first published July 2010)
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Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2022-shelf
While I see a lot of similarities to the Recluse saga, at least in how the storytelling takes its sweet time, building steadily from humble beginnings to impressive martial and political power, what this does a bit better to the other series is simple:

It takes its sweet time... more.

Mind you, this isn't a complaint. By now, after reading nearly three dozen novels by Modesitt, I've found that I really enjoy his style. From that point on, I simply trust in the characters and the story to lead me s
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
March2017 Review: An excellent ending to a wonderful trilogy. Don't be fooled by there being a 4th book. This is the last one in this time (the latest in the series so far) about Rhenn. This definitely isn't a book to start with. Too many names & intrigues going on. Without reading the first two books, this one would be too confusing & wouldn't have the same impact. Modesitt has a lot of threads left over from the previous books & they all come together here with as much resolution as a realisti ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have liked almost everything I've ever read by Modesitt, some more than others but in general I find I can count on him for a good novel. This one (as well as the 2 earlier books in the series) was (were) no exception.

We have followed the life and career of Rhenn (Rhennthyl) from the first book in this series as events built up around him and he in turn developed his powers as an Imager. Said events have continued to swirl and are coming to a boil here. Rhenn must deal with saboteurs, recalcit
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Five years have passed since we last saw Rhenn. He's married and has a daughter now. He's continued to climb the ladder at Image Isle and now resides with his family and a servant in a house on that island.

We see more of the dark side of covert operations in Solidar and how Rhenn responds when thrust into leading and architecting strategies that lead to long term victories and continued prosperity for Solidar and it's Imagers.

All the Imager novels to date have been related in the first person
“I may be a powerful imager, but that doesn’t mean I can save people from their own weaknesses and stupidity. I have enough trouble trying not to do stupid things myself.”

A complex, slow-developing end to the first three stories in the Imager series. (The next book is a prequel.) The protagonist keeps telling us he doesn’t get it--and reviews the disjointed puzzle pieces he does have ad nauseam--then he gets it and acts. And the reader is left to connect the dots.

“What we know and what we feel,
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Imager’s Intrigue, the third novel in L.E. Modesitt’s IMAGER PORTFOLIO fantasy series, starts a few years after the events of Imager’s Challenge. The young master imager Rhenntyl is now a successful Captain in the Civic Patrol, which makes this new novel initially feel very similar to the previous book in the series. He’s also happily married to Seliora and has a 3-year-old daughter, which is a refreshing touch, because how many fantasy heroes are ever shown with a young family like this?

The fir
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Aptly titled, which might put off some

In the interest of full disclosure, the reader should know that while I don't consider myself a Modesitt fan-boy, it's very rare that I don't love his work. So, a 3 of 5 star rating for Imager's Intrigue is, coming from me, a big deal. As I thought about why I wasn't thrilled with this novel, I finally decided on the following:

1. It seemed out of place. True to its title, Imager's Intrigue is all about Rhenn unravelling schemes and machinations, and not so m
the 3rd Rhenn novel from the Imager series - the next Imager novel will go quite a while back in time with new characters

I loved the first two which form a duology with a definite ending but kind of needing to be read together; this one starting some 5 years later is more of a standalone, though it uses some of the back story. The ending again is definite like the one from book 2, but there is scope for more of course, though I would expect another gap of 5-10 years at least in the story and sin
Fredrick Danysh
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Imager Rhennthyl becomes a target as he is suddenly advanced to a higher leadership position with the Imagers. As a Civil Patrol captain he cleaned up a district in the city. As war looms he must deal with murder, treason, and terrorism. It was a fair read mirroring our societies with new names for common things.
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
While at first I was disappointed that this book starts a full five years after the last book left off, I grew to appreciate the time gap. We didn't have to watch all five years of Rhenn developing as an imager and working with the Civic Patrol. (view spoiler) The story was everything I could have wished for, and fit Rhenn's character and development in the series. I think probably my biggest complaint is that this is ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished listening to this right before Thanksgiving. I didn't remember as much of the plot of this one as I did the first two, but I absolutely loved it all over again. ...more
CJ Janzen
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-e-modesitt-jr
I have really enjoyed the first three books in the series. He uses an interesting form of magic power that seems that could be used even more. I'm interested to see to what other uses it can be used for.
I'm glad that there are many books in this series for me to enjoy!
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Book #3, Rhennthyl is forced to grow faster than was comfortable for him, with a war to bring under control. Modesitt is an expert at long fantasy series -- good news for readers who have kept up with the College of Imagers.

My favorite fantasy read of 2011. Also rewarding as a reread.
The Imager Portfolio trilogy is my favorite Fantasy Read of 2012 and 2016.

Read 6 times, listened 4 times
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
If I had been able to do half stars, this would have gotten a 4.5. I'm a bit disappointed with the Modessit wrapped things up but that was the only fault I could find with this book or the previous two. ...more
M Hamed
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, western-fantasy
you can only have respect for his ability
Eamonn Murphy
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the third volume in the ‘Imager Portfolio’, our hero, Rhennthyl, is involved in everything from street level drug crime to international warfare. In the slums of L’Excelsis, Rhenn’s home city, there is a new form of elveweed hitting the streets, so strong it kills the user. As a captain in the Civic Patrol, he has to stop or at least try to stop it. Alas, as in our world, tackling the drug trade is no easy matter.

International affairs are also getting complicated for Solidar, Rhenn’s country.
The first third was meh, the second ok, and the third was fun. The first story arc was unfortunately far too long. The protagonist was in the same position as he was at the end of the second book, but now he had to face his deadly foe yet: a recreational superdrug that seems to be like a combination of weed, cocaine, and heroin. Worse yet, many are dying because not-fentanyl is being mixed into it. This was easily the worst part for me and it made me groan at times. Surely this could've been han ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: via-audio-book
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Richard Rogers
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the author, and I mostly have enjoyed the series, but not this one so much. Even though parts of this were great fun, most of it wasn't, and that wore me down. I got tired of it. My emotion on finishing was relief.

I think I won't read the sequels.

I really love the action scenes, which is what keeps me coming back to books in this series as well as the previous Recluce series, but the pace became tedious. The novel runs to 650 pages, but only a fraction of those, maybe 200, or 300 tops, mo
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. Imager’s Intrigue. Imager’s Portfolio No. 3. Tor, 2010.
Imager’s Intrigue rounds out the first large story arc of the Imager series. Rhennthyl, who left his career as a portrait artist when he discovered telekinetic ability, continues to move up the ladder in the Imagers’ Collegium. His challenges this time have a broader scale than in the previous two novels, and as he investigates them, he comes to understand the strain on his society imposed by its inevitable move into the
Brandon Mehl
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Steven Schermerhorn
I enjoyed reading the book. But it’s not nearly as good as the previous two. I found that the author went into great detail and specifics on things that simply don’t matter. Nothing truly remarkable or rememberable really happens or develops with the main character. The best part happens in the first half of the book and it’s pretty flat from there.

Kind of a let down. I’m hoping the fourth book picks back up.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have finally realized that reading these books is like reading the Doyle Sherlock Holmes novels. The characters are endowed with enough characteristics, background, and personality to make their actions in the story believable. The plot is the main thing. Keeping up with the story is good mental exercise and I plan to read the next installment in the series.
Doug Elwood
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imager's Intrigue is the best imager book so far. It's full of action, fast paced, and keeps pulling you thru the book until the end. I would strongly suggest that you must start with book 1 first, then book 2 before reading Intrigue as you must learn the beginning of Rhenn and then follow his path as the stories pull you along. ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a six year gap between the previous book and this one. Granted there are plenty of changes, movement and intrigue in this volume; still, there is room to fill in some more of those gap years than is done. Perhaps in some of the later volumes.
Though not the most brilliant fantasy series, the Imager Portfolio world is one well worth lingering and returning.
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Everything you liked about the first two books but with more meetings. And by more meetings I mean 95% of the book is our hero going to meetings, waiting for meetings, attending meetings and then talking about the meetings afterwards.

The other five percent is getting in and out of Hack cabs, and then being shot. He gets shot a lot too. Mostly while on the way to and from meetings.

Paul Gardner
Dec 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the Imager series.

The characters are superbly drawn, and the world so detailed and coherent that I get sucked in and there aren't any jarring notes to shake me out.

I finished the book and was saddened by the realization that this was likely to be the last interaction with this family and period of time. It was just really well done.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing entry in the Imager series of books, and one that will take you on an exhausting ride; be prepared to despair right along with the characters, because this one's a rough journey, and its ending leaves you questioning whether the trip was worth the gains made... ...more
Kenneth B
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great end to the first trilogy

A great combination of whodunit, statecraft, and adventure. The cast of characters is large and they each have their own motivations.
Can’t recommend the series enough.
Aleksandra Janusz
If we take out the philosophy and justifications, it seems that the protagonist essentially bullied everybody into doing what he wants, by the right of his magnificent might.
Not sure if I like the morale that comes out of it.
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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

Other books in the series

Imager Portfolio (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Imager (Imager Portfolio, #1)
  • Imager's Challenge (Imager Portfolio, #2)
  • Scholar (Imager Portfolio, #4)
  • Princeps (Imager Portfolio, #5)
  • Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio, #6)
  • Antiagon Fire (Imager Portfolio, #7)
  • Rex Regis (Imager Portfolio, #8)
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