Scholar by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the style of the Recluse Saga, Scholar continues the Imager Portfolio universe in a similar fashion. We had the first trilogy focused on the artist who is an Imager, and Scholar sets up what will likely be another trilogy, but taking place a hundred years before.
My enjoyment is as always, with fascinating, steady characters and solid writing. The main character, here portrayed as a scholar, is in all other aspects a spy. These foreign countries distrust scholars for seemingly good reasons and he gathers information, ferrets out problems, and basically makes himself useful (or annoying) to the powers that be. The scale always increases, as does the danger.
It's great fun and is comfort food, as always.
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