This is the newest book in the excellent Imager series. I had lamented recently at the infrequency of Modesitt books and then just weeks after getting Recluce Tales, this book appeared at my door inciting a WhooHoo on my part. The previous sentences should leave no doubt in your mind that I really enjoy Modesitt's work. This book takes up 13 years after the Madness in Solidar. The Collegium, home of the imagers. Times are a changing and High Holders and Factors are butting heads with the weak Rex, Lorien doing nothing to alleviate the growing friction.
Modesitt seems to have a philosophic leaning that is uniquely his own. He imbues his lead characters with soul searching, depreciating humor and pragmatic consciences. Sometimes good people need to do bad things and bad things do happen to good people. Modesitt doesn't hesitate to knock off characters that you like and that provides a realism that fuels the plot.
I've tried to read everything L. E. Modesitt, Jr. has written. His books are entertaining and thought provoking.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.