Imager

The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

The Imager Portfolio (Volume 1)

L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Tor Fantasy

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Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant, he has spent years becoming a journeyman painter.  With his skill and diligence, Rhenn stands to be considered for the status of master artisan. Then, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire, and Rhenn discovers he is an imager—one of the few in the entire world who can visualize things and make them real.

He must leave his family and join the Collegium of Imagisle.  Imagers live separately from the rest of society because of their abilities (they can do accidental magic even while asleep), and because they are both feared and vulnerable. In this new life, Rhenn discovers that all too many of the “truths” he knew were nothing of the sort. Every day brings a new threat to his life.

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Chapter One

743 A.L.

Commerce weighs value, yet such weight is but an image, and, as such, is an illusion.

The bell announcing dinner rang twice, just twice, and no more, for it never did. Rousel leapt up from his table desk in the sitting room that adjoined our bedchambers, disarraying the stack of papers that represented a composition doubtless due in the morning. "I'm starved."

"You're not. You're merely hungry," I pointed out, carefully placing a paperweight over the work on my table desk. " 'Starved' means great physical deprivation and lack of nourishment.

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“Meticulous worldbuilding . . . .  The world is fascinating, and the Imagers themselves are extraordinary.”
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Modesitt has drawn a world intriguing enough by itself and thoroughly integrated the magic of imaging into it. The characters are real people, learning and struggling and dealing with their families. Rivetingly beginning a new series, the Imager Portfolio, this is thoroughly absorbing, whetting the appetite for the next installment.”
--Booklist

“The prolific Modesitt kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting—think Victorian times without the pollution. . . .   Modesitt’s capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished.”

--Kirkus Reviews

“Excelling in his characterizations and the verisimilitude of his world building, the author of the long-standing "Recluce" novels and the "Spellsong Cycle" crafts an intriguing series opener about the magic of creation and perception.”
--Library Journal

“Readers will look to future installments for the derring-do promised by Rhenn’s martial studies and frequent mentions of stormy international politics.”
--Publishers Weekly


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L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Imager
The First Book of the Imager Portfolio
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
February 2010
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765360076
ISBN10: 0765360071
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 512 pages
$9.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429962315
ISBN10: 1429962313
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$9.99
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