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Book Review: Fall of Angels by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

TOR
592 pp.

I recently re-read Fall of Angels, the sixth book in Modesitt’s Recluce series. The first time I read it was not long after it first came out. Though Fall of Angels is the sixth book in the series, it actually takes place hundreds of years in the past, when the angels of legend fell. The angels in this case are the mostly female crew of a military starship from another universe that suddenly find themselves in a completely different universe with half of their tech not working or working in ways that are not according to their original design. Luckily they find themselves orbiting a world that is just barely inhabitable for them. (They are cold-adapted humanoids. The planet is mostly too warm for them.) They crash land in an uninhabited area that is close enough to their requirements and attempt to settle. Continue reading

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Book Review: Antiagon Fire by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

TOR
460 pp.

In Antiagon Fire, Quaeryt backs up his wife Vaelora when they are sent on a diplomatic mission to Khel. They also attempt to meet with Bovarian High Holders who don’t show much interest in cooperating with the regime change. The Bovarian High Holders flee to Antiago, which refuses to repatriate them and shows clear signs of being antagonistic to Bhayar’s plans of conquest. (As you do when you’re an independent country that would like to stay that way.) This of course forces Quaeryt to head into Antiago where he runs into Antiago’s imagers. Continue reading

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Book Review: Imager’s Battalion by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Tor
509 pp.

In Imager’s Battalion, Quaeryt continues to further his goals in between leading imagers in battle against Bovaria and playing military chaplain. Since a part of his goal is to find ways to make imaging useful (which it is not, given that very little is known about the ability), the war gives him plenty of opportunity to do science. He also makes a few discoveries about a previous civilization that used imagers more extensively than his society, and learns more folklore related to Pharsi “lost ones.” He does not however discover why the locals are so superstitious about “black rabbits.” (As an aside, every time someone mentioned a black rabbit I’d fill in with “of Inlé,” for which I blame Watership Down.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Princeps, by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

  TOR
  496 pp.

 In Princeps, Quaeryt and Vaelora do not get much of a honeymoon. Shortly after they are married and Quaeryt becomes the Princeps of Tilbor, Vaelora’s brother Bhayar sends Quaeryt on another assignment. This assignment is a promotion to governor of a region that has recently been devastated by a natural disaster. (It seems that Quaeryt has become the guy who gets to put out all the political fires. It is also fairly obvious Quaeryt is mostly going along with this in hopes of furthering his own ambitions which is not something I see very often in political-type fantasy storylines. The only loyalty Our Protagonist has is toward Vaelora and his own agenda. It’s a nice change of pace.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Scholar, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

TOR
508 pp.

The fourth book in The Imager Portfolio takes place hundreds of years before the events of Imager. Quaeryt is a young scholar who is the friend of the ruler of Telaryn, Bhayar. He is also an imager, a power that he has been concealing for years. Not liking the idea of being in the middle of a great deal of court intrigue and perhaps outstaying his welcome, Quaeryt manipulates his friend into sending him to Tilbor, a country that had been conquered by Bhayar’s father ten years previously. Continue reading

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Book Review: Imager’s Intrigue by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Tor
495 pp.

Imager’s Intrigue takes five years after the events of Imager’s Challenge. Rhenn has settled into his position as the Patrol Captain for the Third District and as an imager. He and his wife are doing well in their careers and have well placed social contacts and an extremely active toddler. Rhenn’s situation becomes considerably less comfortable when a string of deaths leads him to become aware of a conspiracy and the actions of enemy agents.

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Book Review: Imager’s Challenge by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

TOR
460 pp.
In Imager’s Challenge, Rhenn has been assigned as a liaison to the Civic Patrol of L’Excelis. This is supposedly to keep him out of trouble after his previous flashy adventures in counter-intelligence. Instead, he finds himself having to deal with the Commander of the Civic Patrol not particularly wanting an imager liaison on the force. Rhenn is assigned a very poor district to patrol. On top of that, a High Holder noble has given him a formal declaration that he intends to destroy Rhenn and his entire family. (Rhenn blinded the High Holder’s son in an act of self-defense.)  

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