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
Protector is a direct continuation from where Intruder left off. As such, it is a tangled mess of the continued “Shadow Guild” arc plus some additional crises. Tabini and Damiri relationship has become extremely strained as a consequence of the events of the previous book, yet despite the continuing familial and political strife, Cajeiri finally gets permission for his human friends to visit him. This visit turns out to have some serious political ramifications, due in part to the atevi political climate and also due to increased tensions between Mospheirans, the ship, and the refugees from Reunion station. Continue reading
In Defender, Bren comes to realize he’s been left out of the loop on some extremely delicate negotiations between Tabini and Ramirez, the executive captain of the Phoenix. He discovers this after having to attend a mysterious memorial held in honor of Tabini’s father. (The memorial is mysterious because Bren cannot quite figure out what the political purpose of the memorial was. The general theme of the memorial gives us just enough information to be extremely alarmed when we find out what is happening.) Continue reading
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
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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L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a writer I go through phases of liking a lot to not liking him at all. My liking of him can change from one end of a series to another or from one end of a book to another. As a writer his world building is meticulous and detailed, though occasionally his cultures are thinly veiled excuses to get a Point of some kind across. His magic usually has a good bit of science in it, and vice versa. He tends to be the kind of writer who will write the main character’s entire life story before we get to the part where there is a story beyond, “and then so and so went to school where he learned a lot of stuff that is important and then this happened and he dated so and so.” (This can occasionally be extremely annoying.) He is a writer who never, ever writes about *stew, though he does not tend to go into the rhapsodic detail Steven Brust does when discussing food.
Echoes of Betrayalis a direct continuation of Kings of the North. Arvid, the member of the Thieves Guild who helped Paksenarrion is trying to retrieve the necklace that had been stolen in the previous book. He is not initially very effective and he ends up in a great deal of trouble. Also, he is hearing the voice of someone who is probably Saint Gird. Gird would like to discuss Arvid’s life choices up to this point, but Arvid spends a great deal of time with his fingers stuck in his metaphorical ears in the hope that Gird will eventually get bored and go away. (Spoiler: He does not.)