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Product Details

  • Series: The Imager Portfolio (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765334577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Imager Portfolio

“Solidly engrossing.”
Kirkus Reviews on Princeps

“The author excels in creating worlds that are believable down to the last detail and characters whose vitality expresses itself in actions that have resounding consequences.”
Library Journal on Scholar

“Quaeryt is a fascinating character, and his trials and journey are action packed and yet intellectual.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on Scholar

“Modesitt has only one style: subtle intrigues anchored in vividly drawn, complex characters, stiffly formal conversations and descriptional arabesques in tones of gray. Perhaps the best so far in this consistently fascinating series.”
Kirkus, Starred Review, on Scholar

“Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building.”
RT Book Reviews on Imager

“The Imager Portfolio features some of the best characters Modesitt has ever created.”
Booklist on Imager's Challenge

“Modesitt has drawn a superb portrait of an honest and powerful man handed a crisis that even he may not be able to handle. . . .  Extremely satisfying.”
Booklist on Imager's Intrigue

About the Author

L. E. MODESITT, JR., is the bestselling author of over forty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, including the saga of Recluce. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

Customer Reviews

The plot development in this book is solid and the characters are well written.
Douglas Hess
At the end of the book he leaves you wanting to continue reading but you have to wait for the next book.
Terry Maloney
I really enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to the final book in this series.
Jay C. Oyster

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Indy Reviewer VINE VOICE on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
L. E. Modesitt's "Antiagon Fire" is a solid entry in the prequel series of the Imager Portfolio. Modesitt hews to his standard narrative of a superpowered protagonist who is struggling to be ethical, which means the plot unfolds in Modesitt's typical progression: lots of politics, some action, and some philosophy. While this is a step up from the military march of Imager's Battalion, it falls slightly flat in an area that is usually one of Modesitt's strengths - forcing characters to confront the moral consequences of their decisions. Still, a good read. 4 stars.

"Antiagon Fire" picks up immediately from the end of the previous book, and protagonist Quaeryt faces most of the same problems he did before; he has an army to lead but he's not overtly in command, he has people equal or senior to him looking to undermine him, and he's tasked with both diplomatic and military responsibilities. In this case, those responsibilities are less clear cut than before; instead of being expected to defeat large armies through his growing powers, Quaeryt has a more subtle task, to complete Lord Bhayar's consolidation wars with less direct methods. However, Quaeryt quickly discovers that he has a loophole to do more than he thought, and the book proceeds to follow his missions to finish the consolidation of the continent.

Why is this a slightly weaker book than it should be? A few reasons.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shane's Brain on May 31, 2013
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First, I should say, I own every book Mr Modesitt has ever written. I'm a big fan and have preordered the last 3 books. However, I am starting to feel scammed. What would have been sections of earlier works, a series of battles, have now been expanded into whole books. The last book Imagers Battalion and this one are basically the same...and imagers battalion was exceedingly similar to its predecessor. Mr Modesitt's books have always followed a formula and truthfully I liked that formula. But taking what should be 4-6 chapters of a journeys progress/battles and turning it into two books seems like a stunt for a free Ebook author not an established novelist. I feel a mix of betrayed and foolish because after the last one I had a very bad feeling. Is the book well written? Yes. Does it almost exactly mirror the last one and barely move the plot forward? Yes. Should you buy it? No way. You have missed nothing if you skip it and read the last one except a few battles that mirror the last book and an nominal increase in rank.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Farah on June 2, 2013
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I enjoyed the book, and the narrator did a good job as usual, but this book is like a filling meal you can't remember the next day. Nothing really happens in the story till the last quarter of the book. I enjoy Quaeryt wrestling with ethical issues, but most of the book is about him traveling to Khel, and his day to day issues. Good but not all that memorable. It's a horrible thing to say about a book that you enjoy, but its the truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Youngblood on June 1, 2013
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This book is very slow to start without any real action until midway through the book. The final third is more interesting but a bit predicable based on the battles in previous books. It was worth reading but you could skim most of the book and not miss much.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay C. Oyster on May 30, 2013
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Antiagon Fire is the fourth book in L.E.Modesitt's second Imager series. The first series,a trilogy composed of Imager, Imager's Challenge, and Imager's Intrigue were set in a location that is very reminiscent of 1890s Paris. The second series, Scholar, Princeps, Imager's Batallion, Antiagon Fire, and the final book in the second series, Rex Regis, are set many hundreds of years earlier in the same world. If I had to guess at a parallel date, I'd guess at around 1500CE for this second series, since they have cannon, but individual firearms ('muskets') are still rare. But the defining feature of Modesitt's world here is the fact that 'imaging' exists. Imaging is the ability of some rare individuals to call into existence things with their thoughts. As with all Modesitt magic, its use has real and hard limits. The point of the books is almost certainly one of exploring how intangible power such as imaging would impact the politics, government, power struggles, warfare, and personal interactions of a society. By throwing this fantastical element into a world very similar to our own in most other aspects, the author provides a very telling study of human nature and the way that our social structures actually function.

Occasionally, Modesitt's desire to study the effects of his scenario can tend to overwhelm the human story at the center. Both Imager series, on the other hand, have done a pretty fair job of balancing the story with the intellectual introspection by the author. This second series, in particular, and most particularly in this latest book, has done a very good job of providing main characters that you can care about.
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More About the Author

After spending years writing poetry, political speeches and analyses, as well as economic and technical reports on extraordinarily detailed and often boring subjects, I finally got around to writing my first short story, which was published in 1973. I kept submitting and occasionally having published stories until an editor indicated he'd refuse to buy any more until I wrote a novel. So I did, and it was published in 1982, and I've been writing novels -- along with a few short stories -- ever since.

If you want to know more, you can visit my website at www.lemodesittjr.com.

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