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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 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.
©2011 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2011 Tantor
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"Perhaps the best so far in this consistently fascinating series." (Kirkus)
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By Joe on 05-14-12

This is actually the true beginning of the series

If you???ve listened to books by L. E. Modesitt before, how does this one compare?

This book is not like the first 3 books. It is slower, and not as dynamic or exciting. That stated, it is still very interesting. When I first started reading this book, I was very upset - I expected the story to be at least the equal of the first 3 books. When I finally understood that this book went back some three hundred years or so to tell the beginning of integrating Imagers into the society we see in the first 3 books.If you read this book, expect to see a different world from the one in the first 3 books, different characters, and the knowledge Imagers have in the first 3 books doesn't exist yet - it is being built gradually; this means things aren't as spectacular as the first 3 books. Also, keep in mind that this book is actually the true beginning. So, there is a lot of ground work being laid for the next books to come.I truly didn't enjoy it as much as the first 3 books, but as a starting book that lays the ground work for the next books in the series, it was actually pretty good.

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By William on 04-08-13

Another exeptional read

Quaeryt, secretly an imager of questionable skill and a professed scholar persuades Bhayar, a school friend, and ruler to send him to Tilbor. Quaeryt has never received formal imager training as there is just trial an error if you want to keep it secret. This is in itself is a challenge, throw in the challenges of the journey a number of competing and powerful land owners with different perspectives on the future of Tilbor and a Governor of questionable character we have the makings for a great story. I absolutely enjoyed this book. The flow of the book is very much as a dialogue that makes one feel like we are there and listening first hand. The narration is excellent and bring out the characters personalities.

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By Rachel Norton on 07-25-14

good story not so good narrator

Any additional comments?

William Dufris voices sound very much the same, in fact people that are not the main character seems to always be the exact same voice.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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