Scholar by L. E. Modesitt
A Novel in the Imager Portfolio

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Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three--Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayar's father, in order to see if the number and extent of occupying troops can be reduced so that they can be re-deployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.

Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before Quaeryt departs, Bhayar's youngest sister passes a letter to the scholar-imager, a letter that could well embroil Quaeryt in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. On top of that, on his voyage and journey to Tilbor he must face pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder, as well as discovering the fact that he is not quite who he thought he was. To make it all worse, the order of scholars to which he belongs is jeopardized in more ways than one.

Scholar is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.


About L. E. Modesitt

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L. E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, including the saga of Recluce. He lives in Cedar City,
Published November 8, 2011 by Tor Books. 509 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Telaryn's young, talented ruler, Bhayar, concerned about the ambitions of Bovaria, suggests to Quaeryt, a young scholar whose advice he values, that troops might be withdrawn from the occupation of Tilbor for redeployment along the border with Bovaria.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Scholar: A Novel in the Image...


However, if you haven’t read the Rhentyll novels yet and are in the mood for some good, thoughtful fantasy, I still recommend reading them first, just so you can see the events of the new novel in the broader historical context Modesitt Jr.

Nov 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Scholar: A Novel in the Image...

City Book Review

Quaeryt is uneasy being a friend of the ruling Lord of Telaryn who has unchecked power and a quick temper.

Feb 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Scholar: A Novel in the Image...

SF Crow's Nest

‘Scholar’, the fourth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, opens with the furniture of fantasy: a cast list and a map.

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