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Scholar : The Fourth Book of the Imager Portfolio
by Jr. L. E. Modesitt


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Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three--Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayar's father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three--Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayar's father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.

Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayar's youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one. Scholar is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765329554
  • ISBN-10: 0765329557
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 512

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Series: Imager Portfolio (Hardcover) #1
 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-09-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Modesitt branches out from the original Imager trilogy (which concluded with Imager’s Intrigue in 2010) with this somewhat sluggish political fantasy. Scholar Quaeryt Rytersyn is sent by Lord Bhayar of Telaryn to check into some anomalies occurring in the province of Tilbor. Quaeryt digs deeply into all aspects of the province and its people before he reaches the garrison, where he asks provocative questions while downplaying his own abilities—including his magical skill as an imager. Quaeryt never receives or seeks any specific orders on how to proceed; instead, he merrily awards himself the task of fixing all the problems he can find in Tilbor province, by murder and treachery if necessary. Modesitt piles on the details as various players jockey for power and political gain, but much of it is extraneous information that tends to drag between the bursts of high drama and action. (Nov.)

 
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