Quaeryt’s goals seem distant when he suddenly finds himself in the army, this time officially. His hopes to build a safe haven for scholars and imagers seem unreachable. His successes seem to create as many enemies of a home grown political nature as they do from the true enemy, Rex Kharst.
As in the last book, the melding self awareness with the humbling recognition that your body, soul and talent are seen as a tool to preserve the status quo provides the mental angst typical of Modesitt’s work or simply put, Quaeryt hates being “merely” a tool. He finds those who emulate his sacrificial nature without his sheer talent suffer and die and Quaeryt suffers with them.
The story remains open ended as the conflict seems resolved but … is it really? Has success created more enemies than it defeated?
As I have said in previous reviews, the common thread in Modesitt’s stories is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world.
I highly recommend all his books.
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