Madness in Solidar

Madness in Solidar Four centuries after its founding Solidar s Collegium of Imagers is in decline the exploits of its founder the legendary Quaeryt largely forgotten The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that th

  • Title: Madness in Solidar
  • Author: L.E. Modesitt Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780765379856
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Madness in Solidar

    Four centuries after its founding, Solidar s Collegium of Imagers is in decline, the exploits of its founder, the legendary Quaeryt, largely forgotten The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that the dying Maitre must summon Alastar, an obscure but talented senior imager from Westisle far to the south who has little knowledge of politics in the capital, as his successorFour centuries after its founding, Solidar s Collegium of Imagers is in decline, the exploits of its founder, the legendary Quaeryt, largely forgotten The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that the dying Maitre must summon Alastar, an obscure but talented senior imager from Westisle far to the south who has little knowledge of politics in the capital, as his successor When Alastar arrives in L Excelsis and becomes the new Maitre, he finds disarray and lack of discipline within the Collegium, and the ruler of Solidar so hated by the High Holders that they openly refer to him as being mad To make matters worse, neither Rex Ryen, ridiculed as Rex Dafou, nor the High Holders have any respect for the Collegium, and Alastar finds himself in the middle of a power struggle, with Ryen demanding that the Collegium remove the strongest High Holders and the military leadership in turn plotting to topple Ryen and destroy the Collegium At the same time, Ryen is demanding the High Holders pay a massive increase in taxes while he initiates a grandiose building project And all that, Alastar discovers, is only a fraction of the problems he and the Collegium face.

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    1. Jim

      The ninth book in a series & yet full of fresh characters & problems. Fantastic. Modesitt skipped forward in time a bit, a midway point before the first few books & after the last 5. Yes, you read that right, the sets aren't in chronological order, although the books within them are. This book could be read first, I think. I find that amazing, the sign of an extremely well crafted universe.Pretty typical hero & heroine for him with a seemingly impossible political & economic [...]

    2. Liviu

      Excellent stuff as expected though it seems to be only part 1 given what we know from the Rhenn books; still enough closure and the historical mentions were great, bittersweet on occasion when talking about the later years of Quaeryt and Vaelora (through the journal of Gauwsn which Alastar gets from the Collegium chorister)I quite liked the parts about more Ryel mischief (seems every generation there is a powerful and trouble-making Ryel), not to speak having a descendant of Vaelora and Quaeryt [...]

    3. Marlene

      Originally published at Reading RealityI have adored this series (The Imager Portfolio) since a friend shoved the first book, Imager, at me six years ago. The Imager Portfolio is a marvelous epic fantasy series with a couple of interesting twists. First, the heroes of the now three separate subseries solve their problems with a lot more brain than brawn. Second, although each series centers around a character who is coming into their own in one way or another, they are not traditional coming-of- [...]

    4. Joshua Tamayo

      I love the world, and the stories told in it, but I feel like we're just telling the exact same story over and over again. I know it's a great way to avoid the ability power creep in his characters, but still. Perhaps it's time for me to let this series go.

    5. Gary

      Nothing too terrible, but it certainly doesn't break Modesitt out of the rut that he's been in for a long, long time. Not bad, just severely More Of the Same. Interesting enough read, but not something that jumps out at you.

    6. Seregil of Rhiminee

      Originally published at Risingshadow.L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Madness in Solidar is the 9th novel in the excellent Imager Portfolio series. It begins a whole new chapter in the series and thus it's an excellent entry point to new readers who haven't read any previous novels. Madness in Solidar is an intriguing addition to the Imager Portfolio (in my opinion it's one of the author's most entertaining novels to date).I've mentioned a couple of times that L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Saga of Recluce novels a [...]

    7. William Bentrim

      Madness in Solidar by L.E. Modesitt, jrThis is a continuation of the Imager Portfolio. Quaeryt is ancient history and little remembered. The Collegium he established has declined in power and authority. The Rex is not respected and once again the High Holders are grasping for power. This continuation of a story generations afterward is a frequently used plot of Modesitt. It allows the story to stand alone but provides a richer experience if you have read the series. Alastar is a typical Modesitt [...]

    8. Kevin

      I always look forward to books in this series but this one was not up there with the best. We are starting with a new chapter and we have to learn new confusing character names and a new situation. There is only action in the middle and end of the book. One problem remains unresolved (a troublesome student). Oh how I miss the powerful imagers and rulers, the military setting.Here, what was set up at the end of the last book has fallen apart. Everyone is squabbling, the Collegium has not exerted [...]

    9. Denae Christine

      Reader thoughts: Alastar is considerably older than the other imager characters. Rhenn was low twenties. Quaeryt was upper twenties. Alastar is 38 (and 52 in the next book). That makes it harder for me to connect to him.Also, not much seemed to be happening in this book compared to most of the others. There's already a collegium; Alastar just has to prove that imagers are useful. Oh, and he has to force the High Holders and Factors and Rex to all get along . . . even if he has to kill them to do [...]

    10. Summers

      By this point everyone knows what they are getting but its wearing thin now. The intrigue as usual is great, was very invested in the mystery and MC trying to figure out what was going on. Its the characters though that I had little feeling for. We have a deliberative MC with a Farci love interestJust like all the other books, from there I was able to guess accurately how that relationship would go and it made empty characters somehow worse. He is sardonic and she is Wry; that's it. I get that A [...]

    11. Darcy

      I may just have read too many L.E. Modessit books at this point so inevitably they would at some point feel stale, but this one was the first time I really felt ho-hum about one of his books. It was difficult to follow the machinations of the characters, and even with the big reveal at the end it was still muddled over who exactly was who and why that mattered to the plot. But the thing that really grated on me was the constant references to Quaeryt and Valeora. Referring back to the past is a c [...]

    12. Chelo Biggerstaff

      One of the better entries in the more recent books in the Imager Portfolio. I'm a big fan of LE Modesitt, Jr, and I read the first three books in the Imager Portfolio eagerly. Then things seemed to take a downturn and, while still enjoyable, the books weren't as good. Everything turns around with this book. Alastar has just taken over the Collegium as Maitre. He inherits mad King who is hated widely, Lord Holders who have no respect for the King or the Collegium, and undertrained imagers. He set [...]

    13. Mary Soon Lee

      This is the ninth novel in Modesitt's fantasy series, "The Imager Portfolio," and the first centered on Alastar, newly appointed as head of the Collegium of Imagers. As I had both hoped and anticipated, I enjoyed this book very much. Indeed, I enjoyed it distinctly more than the three Nebula-nominated novels that I read recently. I note that "Madness in Solidar" contains more political maneuvering and less action than some of Modesitt's books. I like the conceit of imaging magic. I appreciate th [...]

    14. Don Anderson

      Reading them allOk.I've now read 9 of the imager novels. Read them previously but not in sequence. Time for a series comment:wow. Not only are there enough lose ends in each for many more books.ey are well written, well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable. These are must read for any SFor fantasy buff.

    15. Tim

      Modesitt is brilliant, as usual. He does not try to outdo one character in the series with another, nor carry them forward until you are sick of them. Instead each one is carefully developed and he leaves them behind while you still crave another novel!

    16. Frank

      This book introduces the character Alaister the new Maitre of the Collegium. It takes place 4ooyears after the Founding of Solidar.I enjoyed this one. Lots of economics and political intrigue.

    17. Daniel Shellenbarger

      If you've read any L.E. Modesitt, you know that he tends to jump around temporally in his universes between books. For instance, in the Recluce series, the first book is one of the last chronologically, and most of the books after it (in reading order) are prequels. In the Imager Portfolio, he started out with three books following Rhennthyl (a young painter who discovers he can image), introducing us to the world of the "Imagers" with their magical ability to imagine things into and out of exis [...]

    18. David Ward

      Good readFilled in a lot of holes between ages. Slow start as always but keeps you interested. Looking forward to the next book.

    19. D.w.

      The ninth book in the Imager Portfolio falling between the two series within the Portfolio we have been given. It is to be a standalone book, but it would definitely help if you've read books 4 thru 8, the Quaeryt cycle. We have a tale where a solid man in his thirties or forties is thrust into the middle of a power struggle. Thus our hero already knows a great deal about himself and his abilities and has an idea on how to deal with problems. Not usually the case with a novel by Modesitt since h [...]

    20. Kennethkiffer

      1. Can anyone ever read Mr Modesitt's books without getting hungry somewhere while reading? Though there's a bit less fancy food this time compared to the Quaeryt cycle, but still mouthwatering food descriptions nonetheless.2. Can any guy read Mr Modesitt's books and not wish for their own Vaelora/Alyna/other strong, wise and appealing woman? That is, if they haven't already found her.I wasn't very enthusiastic at the start of the book. For some reason I am not keen on older protagonists I was h [...]

    21. Henry Lazarus

      L. E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to his world where magic is imaged into being four centuries after the five part series that showed how the continent was united. A Rex with a royal temper determined to raise tariffs, and the council of High Holders determined to keep the tariffs the same. The kingdom is running out of money at the same time the head of the Army has expanded the number of battalions and has invested in cannons that have greater range. Caught in the Madness in Solitar (hard from Tor) [...]

    22. Sandy

      Once again, one of my favorite authors L.E. Modesitt, Jr returns us to the world building he does so well. The Imager series has developed into one of my favorites. This book returns to Solidar 400 years after Queryt and Valora when hundreds of years of neglect to the system of power necessitate another strong Maitre of the Collegium. I found the start of the book unsettling as there was no preamble or introduction to the characters and until I got into the book and the history unfolds was I abl [...]

    23. Fantasy Literature

      THE IMAGER PORTFOLIO has hopped all around the chronological history Solidar, from the very beginning when Imagers were feared and forced to hide or else be killed or enslaved, to the very end when they are a powerful arm of the government. Madness in Solidar falls in the middle and is one of the bleaker installments in Modesitt’s series. You need to have read the previous eight books before picking up Madness in Solidar. Understanding the plot of this book depends on knowing a lot of previous [...]

    24. Sterph1

      Enjoyed it, but then I have enjoyed each book in this series. This one could stand alone. It provides enough background information that it can either be a tease for new readers to start fresh at the beginning of the series for those curious as to historical references, or they reader can take it as is (a likely introduction to new characters facing ongoing difficulties in a new time period). My one complaint is that it could have been fleshed out a bit longer (not more). No, the 1st few chapter [...]

    25. Joy

      I enjoyed the original three books a great deal and even found some interest in the prequel story of books 4 to 8 where the story goes into the origins of Imager Isle. This book lost me at first. I had to look up a synopsis online to find it's timeline (400 years from the beginning.) It offers nothing exciting in conflict or politics just a bunch of new character's and once again Imagers who have conveniently forgotten how to use their powers effectively.This is a real sticking point for me. Sch [...]

    26. Lisa

      The book was outstanding- Modesitt gets better with each book. It started off a bit slow but by the time I had reached page 350 I was beginning to mourn those last pages that would force me back into my mundane life. Thank you Mr Modesitt for providing such wonderful stories to enrich my life. I am retired and on a tight budget, paid a crazy high price for an e-book, (yes I know you are worth it!!) and yet found myself haunting the library so I would be first to read the hard backed copy. I am a [...]

    27. Emmalee

      Another book in the imager portfolio, this time about the "mad king" and the imager of the collegium at the time. I understand this book is a stand alone, and not Modesitt's usual "character two book pair" writing, or like the rest of the imager books, which are broken into larger series. The first imager trilogy (Rhen) was the best. The Quaeryt series was very good, especially in the latter parts, but I never connected with him as strongly or got as drawn into the world as I did with Rhen in th [...]

    28. James

      I always love getting my hands on a new Modesitt tale. If you've read many of his books, you'll be familiar with the formula, but new settings and characters with new challenges I find interesting. Although I have to say that just once I would like to see one of his hero's take charge and rule the world. :-) But no, directing from behind the scenes, stepping up secretly to do whatever it takes to fix the problem guided by a solid sense of ethics, guess that must suffice!The Imager stories go bac [...]

    29. AtlantaTwin

      As the 9th in the series, yet set in a completely different time frame, it still felt like "home" reading it. Different characters, similar economic and political complications that the characters have to work through. I listened to it, so it's hard to go back and get a specific quote, but it was on the lines of the human costs of battles, and seemed to be appropriate for today's times as well: The initial confrontation took out a handful of people, yet to retaliate and get them stop, killed a c [...]

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