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Books: Imager's Battalion 
22nd-Jan-2013 10:06 pm
Today to Read
Imager's Battalion, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Fantasy. 512 pages. Hardback, sixth in the series (third in the Scholar series).

Quaeryt is now a subcommander in Lord Bhayar's army against Rex Kharst. As far as Imager history goes, this is the unification war for what becomes Solidar as well as explains the bigger Why there is an Imagisle school/residence for imagers in Rhen's time.

There is plenty of action in this book, and much like the first one (Scholar), the battles each build on the last, so that the small group of imaging undercaptains get a chance to develop their skills under Quaeryt's guidance and leadership. It's still focused a great deal on what Quaeryt can do personally with his imaging, but he is starting to note how imaging skills differ in each person. The conversations about shields definitely could have used more depth.

The interweaving of "The Chosen One" (ok, the "Lost One") mythology with Quaeryt's growing powers and reputation got pretty old at times. I was thankful that Modesitt kept Quaeryt's character in character throughout those exchanges, though, because by the time they get to the bigger northern cities, the mythology angle was getting tedious for both Quaeryt and me-as-reader.

I liked the action and the interpersonal relationships that went along with the campaign, but I really didn't like how many names I had to keep in my head at one time. I got tangled up in which guy got killed at one point, so when Major So-and-So showed up later, I had to go back and check who had actually been killed. Argh.

I recommend this book to people who have been following the Imager series so far. You can start with either Imager or Scholar, but for your enjoyment and continuity's sake, don't start here.

Books for 2013
23rd-Jan-2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize he'd written a second trilogy to the Imager world. Thanks for the heads up! I'm actually rereading his Recluce saga because I was out of things to read (Up to Colors of Chaos). So when that's done I'll pick up the Imager ones again and then add the new trilogy. Yay, new stories for my kindle! :)
23rd-Jan-2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, we are headed in to another saga-length series with Imager. According to the inside of this book, there is a seventh one coming.
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