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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. offers up another volume in the Imager Portfolio that differs little from its predecessor. As Bhayar’s forces invade Bovaria Quaeryt is now a subcommander but little else has changed. Quaeryt still reads about Rholan and gives sermons to the troops, he still figures out new ways for imagers to safely use and grow their abilities, and he still exchanges letters with Vaelora.
So there really isn’t much new to review here. If you have been enjoying the Imager Portfolio since the switch to Quaeryt as the main character then you should dive right in because this is more of the same. If like me, you preferred Rhennthyl as the main character, then this book is another step in a storyline that remains just a little too bland. It continues to keep me interested but I never get excited about it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
In book 4, Scholar, we were introduced to Quaeryt, in the beginning of this prequel for the Imagers series, where he learns to become a master imager. In book 5, Princeps, we got to see Quaeryt function as a governor as he delved into the intricacies of politics and problems that arise from corrupt government. Now in book 6, Imager's Battalion, we get a continuation of adventures involving Quaeryt as he goes on a military march to Bovaria as a sub commander to destroy some evil ruler. We have established that our protagonist is a strong leader and the best imager around and now we get to see him training others. He commits to this military campaign in order to secure a need and better standing for imagers in his land. We explore what it might take for this to happen and can make connections to what creates the rules in which imagers must live by in the future.
What made this a 3 star instead of a higher rating for me was the constant second guessing, moaning, justification, and false modesty Quaeryt would go through in his campaign of carnage. We also get more preaching about naming. This isn't exactly something new and such themes repeat through the other two previous books. The narration isn't stellar either. I wish William Dufris would cut out his injured voice. The characters sound similar as well. I didn't think he was the best narrator for the first three books and I would have preferred for this new set of characters to have someone else.
Anyhow, we get a book 7, Antiagon Fire, which just came out recently. We have a decent conclusion to events in this book, but there are many things that still need to happen to secure a future for imagers. I'm a little sad because I hoped this would end as a trilogy so L. E. Modesitt might be able to focus on a future story line involving imagers instead of this prequel business. Should there be more prequels written than the main trilogy that started Imagers? On the other hand, I am impressed on the speed that L. E. Modesitt is releasing these books.
I may be a little critical here, but I do enjoy this series enough that I spend my credits on them.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A great book. A brilliant narrative. He created a atmospheric world with a strong set of rules, and relgion in his imager portfolio series. With it's own time units day names and numbers. This book is set in a time of war. Responding to an invasion attempt in the previous book. Ower main carractors lead a counter invasion in response. To end the threat of the Rex.
It's an enjoyable listen, but sadly not to the standard of his usual work, a lot of the time I spent hoping something would happen and when we finally get to a climactic battle it's over in a few pages leaving you very disappointed. I feel like this was a novel to set the stage for what's to come, but falls flat on its own merits, hopefully the pay off will come with the next book