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I really enjoyed this book, the second in the Imager's series from L.E. Modesitt. I have been eagerly awaiting it since I picked up the first book on audible. This series is deeper than some, with a slower moving plot as it explores more intellectual and strategic themes, but it has plenty of action to keep you moving forward. And William Dufris is an excellent narrator. Can't wait for the next book.
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Renthyl, an unusually strong imager, is getting an unusually challenging training. Forced by his superiors to avoid making normal people frightened of imagers, Renthyl is fed up with defending himself and not retaliating. He is stationed in the police corps, where he is ordered to observe and no police officer is required to take orders from him. That should curb Renthyl's tendency to handle things his own way.
As it works out, Renthyl has enemies to handle both in the neighborhoods of down-and-outers where he patrols, and in the police corps itself. Once he has learned just what hazards to image to stop his attackers and he has those enemies under control, Renthyl has no choice but to tackle (dramatically, as it turns out) the aristocrat who wants to destroy him and his family. By the end, the College of Imagers has to rethink its self-defensive policies.
William Dufris wouldn't be my first choice as a reader. He can convincingly manipulate his voice into different characters, but he has chosen to give Renthyl a superior drawl. The disadvantage of listening to these books instead of reading them is that you can't skip over the incessant menu descriptions, which are obviously Modesitt riding his hobbyhorse. Fortunately the story as a whole is an excellent one.
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Where does Imager's Challenge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This one grew on me as Listened to it . I was slowly drawn into the characters life and his struggles in his world. So I would rank this book as one of my current favourites. I definitely want to hear more.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Imager's Challenge?
I loved that the power of imaging has a few drawback. But has a number of useful ones. However ts not much help against rain. You will have to read it to find out why.
Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No not listened to any others
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Cant reveal this as it would be a spoiler
Any additional comments?
Well worth listening too and the performance grows on you as you listen