In some ways this is a bit repetitious. We have a similar protagonist to the Recluce series but different. This is a continuation of the Imager Portfolio. This is the 5th volume. The budding journeyman from the first book is coming into his own however he discovers that with increased power comes increased responsibilities.
Quaeryt discovers that being married to the sister of Lord Bhayar entails considerably more entanglements than even he imagined.
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.
The plot revolves around political necessity and military need. Quaeryt makes little progress on his own personal goals of increased tolerance for Imagers.
Modesitt also infuses political commentary and philosophy as part of his story line. Time Gods World, The Forever Hero and Order Master all illustrate philosophic musings. There are times where the author seems to pontificate a bit but it always fits the story line.
The common thread, as I perceive it, in Modesitt’s stories is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world.
I highly recommend.
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