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Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist and is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of master artisan - in another two years. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager - one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who can visualize things and make them real.
Rhenn is forced to leave his family and join the Collegium of Imagisle. Because of their abilities (they can do accidental magic even while asleep), and because they are both feared and vulnerable, imagers must live separately from the rest of society.
In this new life, Rhenn discovers that all too many of the "truths" he knew were nothing of the sort. Every day brings a new threat to his life. He makes a powerful enemy while righting a wrong, and he begins to learn to do magic in secret.
Imager is the innovative and enchanting opening of an involving new fantasy story.
©2009 L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2009 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Timorell on 11-02-10

I didn't love it

Agree with some of the other reviewers that the beginning is VERY slow. Also, the script of the protagonist's father, teachers and mentors is so patronizing, coupled with the narrators tone of the characters, makes it difficult to stay engaged. Feels like being in Catholic school (no offense intended!). Yes it gets better as it goes but not that great really. Rather flat. I think I'll stop here and look at some other series I've had my eye on. Perhaps I'll come back to it later...

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3 out of 5 stars
By mike on 01-23-10

Interesting concepts

Modesitt comes up with some interesting worlds. This is no exception. I'm not thrilled with the narrator. He reads the main character as petulant and many of the older men as pompous. I can certainly see how he'd get that from the writing but it is a bit hard to identify with a pouty protagonist.
I've come to expect a bit of preaching in Modesitt's books and this is no different. It's good enough but not great.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonny on 05-20-09

Looking forward to the next volume

An interesting new fantasy world. Really well written and read and a great story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Ronald L. Alcock on 12-03-15


What would have made Imager better?

A better
Storyline and narrator

What will your next listen be?

Not one of this author's

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

Anybody would have done a better job but given the story it must have been difficult for him to stay awake anyway.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Imager?

All of it.

Any additional comments?


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1 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy on 04-24-15


I was disappointed in this book and really didn't enjoy it. Some of the core ideas were interesting but I just couldn't get into the story. There was little character development, so you didn't feel like you actually knew them and hence felt no empathy for them. There was very little description in the text (apart from the food and wine strangely!) and overly long dialog between characters. I found the writing particularly clunky.

The narration was OK but not great. I guess he did the best he could with the material.

I persisted with the story after reading some other reviews that said the last section was quite exciting. Unfortunately I didn't find it so and wish I hadn't wasted my time!

I won't be reading any more of the series. After just listening to Patrick Rothfuss's 'Name of the Wind' and 'The Wise Man's Fear' perhaps anything I listen to is going to be disappointing...

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