THE ONE-EYED MAN
The One-Eyed Man begins very roughly, with a lack of the clear voice and well-rendered characterizations readers have come to expect from Modesitt. In a great departure from Modesitt’s standard depiction of protagonists, the female characters are flatly two-dimensional and the male characters engage a bit too much in the male gaze. Yet, the concept is interesting, the world is well-developed and the novel improves in the middle, with pacing and characterizations picking up. But the whole of it is so greatly different from Modesitt’s recent works, particularly the Imager Portfolio, readers may find themselves wondering if they were written by the same author.