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Scholar by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2011, top_25_2011_novels

This is a book that starts a prequel series to Imager but it is a standalone as storyline goes with a definite ending to its main thread though of course more is to come.

It has some similarity with the 3rd Imager book as it being more of a fantasy thriller than anything though it has quite a lot of battles and fights too, so it moves toward clear adventure in the last third

It is also a very clear example of the classical approach to sff - the super competent but not destined hero that was favored in the genre for a long time though today the destined one is more common in fantasy, the super competent remaining more of a sf approach

As such the novel heavily depends on how you find Quearyt, the orphan scholar turned sailing master, turned scholar back when one of his legs got injured, secret imager and all around expert at intrigue and getting out of sticky situations while working for the greater good.

His adventures in the service of Lord Bhayar and his task of "solving" the tricky situation in a conquered but still restive a decade later northern province, takes him from the sea to the forests, from hovels to places, from corrupt officials to fighting bandits and even rebel armies, while having to deal with corruption and even treason in both his scholar order as well as in the officialdom of the country...

A dash of romance too and a superb ending makes Scholar (A++) one of my top 25 novels of the year.

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Reading Progress

July 19, 2011 – Shelved
Started Reading
September 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 2, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011_release_read
September 2, 2011 – Shelved as: genre-fantasy
September 2, 2011 – Shelved as: read_2011
September 2, 2011 – Shelved as: top_25_2011_novels

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