Scholar

Scholar

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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 reducedso 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765329554
0765329557
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 508 p. : map ; 25 cm.

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Jun 28, 2012

I found that the Corean Chronicles Lady Protecter Mykella for instance, was a very 'experianced' sort of character, not like many book's usual characters who are either very young and inexperianced and are making mistakes everywhere.
Yes, I agree with Cocodog's statement of the fact that motivation is hard to get., and many tedious parts here.
Some parts, I agree with ekim67, Modesitt's book(s) might benifitt with a bit of expanding and shortening in a few parts, (I am not trying to judge, sorry, just my honest opinion)
Very interesting settings.

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ekim67
Jun 24, 2012

While not a continuation the first three books in the Imager series, this new work does very good job of continuing the struggles and chellenges facing an imager. it deals nicely with the concerns of an imager in, if not an actively hostel environment then at least then favorable one. ... I wish the relationship between Vaelora and Quaerty was told or expanded in more detail. One meeting and formal correspondance do not explain their relationship. ... I have to disagree with the other comments written here. I feel this work very much had the feeling and tempo of Medesitt's previous works especially those of the Corean Chronicles.

johnthomas May 02, 2012

concur completely with "cocodog" and can only add I thought the protagonist lacked any redeeming feature and was worthy of eradication by the end of the book. Nowhere close to Modesitt's previous work. Let's hope his next one is back to snuff.

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cocodog
Jan 08, 2012

I found this book disapppointing in several respects: First, I thought it was a continuation of the story of Rennthyl and Seliora. It is not. In fact, The character was not one with which I was familiar from any earlier Modesitt work. Secondly, the character's motivation is difficult to discern, although it is clearly stated as following the orders of his boss. Thirdly, the character is too quick to kill, and does it often. Forth, I would advise readers to skip pages when the character goes into the library or the dispatch archives. What he does in there is BORING, and barely intlelligible. Finally, the book gets bogged down in the particulars of several small unit combat situations, and they seem to go on for ever. Not up to Modesitt's normal standards.

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