This is a continuation of the Imager Portfolio. Quaeryt is ancient history and little remembered. The Collegium he established has declined in power and authority. The Rex is not respected and once again the High Holders are grasping for power.
This continuation of a story generations afterward is a frequently used plot of Modesitt. It allows the story to stand alone but provides a richer experience if you have read the series.
Alastar is a typical Modesitt protagonist. He is thoughtful and slow to wrath. His goal is to keep both his Imager charges safe and his nation from disaster. He is added by Alyna, a Pharsi descendent of the Vaelora of Quaeryt. Alyna is a strong female protagonist who supports Alastar.
The cast of characters do not have the sheer power demonstrated by Quaeryt in the earlier books. Their Imaging power has deteriorated along with or perhaps is the cause of their decline in political power.
As in past books, there is some philosophical pontificating which does not detract from the story. Modesitt showcases political intrigue and greed without drawing any parallels to modern society. He allows his reader to make the obvious connections.
Melding self awareness with the humbling recognition that your body, soul and
The common thread, as I stated in previous Modesitt reviews is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world. The aloneness is tempered by a supportive wife and extraordinarily loyal comrades.
I highly recommend.
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