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Imager’s Intrigue

Posted by spragujs on January 24, 2011

Hey, this one marks the first official Off the Shelf book.  I haven’t had it that long, but technically I did get it before this year, so I’m counting it toward my total!  1 down 14 to go!  On to a big break where I’ll be rereading and starting something new.  Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series.

Imager's Intrigue cover artI finished up with the Imager Portfolio this weekend.  To my knowledge it’s the last book in the series, but that could just be because there’s no new news out there, or it could be that that’s (literally) all he wrote!  ::insert groans::

Imager’s Intrigue followed 5 years after the story told in Imager’s Challenge.  Rhenn’s been working with the Civic Patrol and continues to do so until the Collegium is struck a severe blow.  Afterwards he’s needed to take over with certain duties there.  Duties which involve trying to keep Solidar afloat before more progressive countries beat it into submission.  Greed and selfishness have driven Solidar to be inwardly focused and extremely vulnerable.  Fortunately for most of them (though they might think otherwise), they have Rhennthyl.

Rhenn has grown a lot since the last book.  He’s still got stuff to whine about in this book (of course), but generally refrains from doing so.  Certainly there’s enough restraint that it wasn’t annoying this time, only understandable.  And strangely, though the language was still formal, it didn’t seem overwhelming; or maybe I just got used to it!

In any case, I’d say this was a very satisfying conclusion to the story.  Rhenn gets to save Solidar, and in doing so has saved any of his countrymen from having to do so.  (There were some not so clean or easy decisions to make in order to get to this point.)  It’s certainly a statement on arrogance, power, how power is wielded, and various forms of government.

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