Book Review: Scholar by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Three Stars)

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Book Review: Scholar (Imager’s Portfolio #4) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

(Three Stars)

“So, cynicism is merely accuracy when no one wishes to accept that accuracy?”

Steampunk Avenger. Excellent story, but the mechanics needed another editing. Set several hundred years before the first three. Pontificating more organic to the tale. The perceptive reader feels closer to Quaeryt’s concerns and trials. The solutions, of course, are too easy, but that’s the nature of fantasy.

“There’s a big difference between light gray and black, and sometimes there’s an even bigger difference between those who claim to follow pure white and those who prefer slightly grayed white.”

Integrates his invented magic and religion seamlessly into a typical fantasy European-prototype medieval world.

“I have too many doubts to be a good chorister, much as I believe in the values for which the Nameless stands.” “We all have doubts, sir. What matters is what we do, given those doubts.”

Like Rhennthyl, the protagonist of the first three imager stories, Quaeryt deals out vigilante justice at will. Yes, he’s wiser and more powerful than everyone around him, but that shouldn’t give him (or any other superhero) a license to kill. Tarnishes the moral high tone.

“It’s better to do something when no one else has done anything than hope that what’s bad will improve itself.”

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