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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Although Modesitt has always focused on character, the leads in the Imagers series truly drive the series. The reliance on action is lower because the characters have been so engaging throughout that the reader is entirely concerned with them. Imager’s Battalion has all of the same intriguing protagonists — fascinating and confident and intelligent. Quaeryt is a character unlike many in modern fantasy. He is thoughtful and devoted and rational, all while remaining the hero. Unfortunately, the plot of Imager’s Battalion genuinely calls for a greater focus on action, as the intrigues and wars require more than just a set of great characters to move the plot forward.
A scholar and an Imager, Quaeryt has found himself on many sides of political court intrigues in his time. Now, married to the sister of Lord Bhayar, Quaeryt is tasked with working for his brother-in-law in an attempt to unite all of the kingdoms. Little does Bhayar know that Quaeryt has his own agenda: to establish Imagers as heroes and helpers in society, rather than let them continue as the feared and the outcast. (TOR, Jan., 512 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: January 2013