Dimensions: 496 pages, 9.42 × 6.46 × 1.72 in
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765330954
ISBN - 13: 9780765330956
About the Book
The thrilling follow-up to "Scholar"Nin which, after discovering a coup attempt and preventing a civil war, Quaeryt was appointed princeps of TilborNbegins a new episode inEthe young Imager'sElife. But the peace ends when a volcanic eruption devastates the old capital.
Read from the Book
1 Quaeryt peered out from underneath the thick—and warm—comforter toward the nearest bedchamber window, its inner shutters fastened tightly. Even so, he could see frost on parts of the polished goldenwood. Supposedly, winter was waning, with spring some three weeks away, except that winter lasted into spring in Tilbor, even in Tilbora, the southernmost city in the province. The harbor in far-north Noira would not ice-out until the end of Maris, most likely. A lithe figure wrapped her arms around him. “You don’t have to get up yet.” “I do. It’s Lundi, and I am princeps, you might recall…” “Dearest … do you have to?” The excessively pleading tone told Quaeryt that Vaelora knew he needed to rise, but that … He turned over and embraced her wholeheartedly, finding her lips on his. All too soon, he released her, wishing that he did not have to leave their bed. But then, it had been her desire to remind him of that. Bhayar had been right. Quaeryt and Vaelora were enjoying being married, even if he’d never seen it coming. Vaelora had protested that she hadn’t either, that her brother had insisted she join him on his ride to Tilbora to keep her from the trouble she might have gotten into in his absence. Quaeryt had his doubts about her purported ignorance, but if that was the way she wished to portray matters, he’d certainly respect it. Then … it could have been
From the Publisher
The thrilling follow-up to Scholar—in which, after discovering a coup attempt and preventing a bloody civil war, Quaeryt was appointed princeps of Tilbor—begins a new episode in the young Imager''s life. Now second only to the governor, and still hiding his powers as an Imager, Quaeryt is enjoying his new position, as well as his marriage to Lord Bhayar’s youngest sister, Vaelora, when a volcanic eruption devastates the old capital of Telaryn.
He and his wife are dispatched to Extela, Telaryn’s capitol city, to replace the governor killed in the eruption. Quaeryt and Vaelora must restore order to a city filled with chaos and corruption, and do so quickly. The regiment under his command must soon depart to bolster Telaryn’s border defenses against a neighboring ruler who sees the volcanic devastation as an opportunity for invasion and conquest.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author L. E. MODESITT, JR., lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Praise for the Imager Portfolio:
“The prolific Modesitt kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting—think Victorian times without the pollution…. Modesitt’s capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished.”  —Kirkus Reviews on Imager
“Modesitt writes some of the most interesting characters in Fantasy. He is a master of developing young heroes. Fans of the author''s Recluce
series will enjoy this series as well.”
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
“There is something so satisfying about picking up a novel by an author who’s consistently good at his or her craft: the heft of the book, the scent of the ink, the awareness that what will happen in the pages will be truly wondrous. It is no different with Modesitt’s latest travel in the world of the Imagers; although Scholar is tied to the other books, this is a prequel that can stand alone. Quaeryt is a fascinating character, and his trials and journey are action packed and yet intellectual.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars on Scholar