Madness in Solidar by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I've decided that I'm not as big a fan of the Imager series as I am of Recluse. How these people use their magic winds up being way too close to how the other series uses its magic, at least in the nitty-gritty, minus the whole balance thing.
That being said, this isn't bad at all. This new sequence in the Imager takes place later than either of the two previous ones. I enjoyed the references to the founding of the Imager Isle that we saw a lot of in the last sequence, but now we're dealing with the decline, 400 years later.
One thing I can definitely say about these books: they're steady, often comforting, and really showcase the whole competence-porn angle. It may not be all that unusual from all other Modesitt books I've read, but it is still enjoyable. I do love starting fresh on a new cycle.
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