Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading woll merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar and the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becomming a journeyman artist. He is skilled and diligent enough to be considered for the status of marter artisan — in another two years. In a single moment, Rhenn's entire life is transfortmed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire and Rhenn discovers he is an imager — one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who possesses the power to visualize things and make them real.
Now he must leave his family and join the Collegium of Imagisle, where because of their powers (including the ability to do accidental magic even while asleep) and beacuse they are both feared and vulnerable, imagers live separately from the rest of society. In this new life, Rhenn discovers that all too many of the "truths" he knew were nothing of the sort and that every day brings a new threat to his life. He makes a powerful enemy while righting a wrong and begins to learn to live a life doing magic in secret.
Imager is an innovative and enchanting opening to an involving new fantasy story.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre.
Mr. Modesitt has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; a director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; and a college lecturer and writer in residence. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.