It’s Imager, the first book in The Imager Portfolio series, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Here’s what the shot is, via Booklist:
Rhennthyl, son of a wealthy wool merchant in the city of L’Excelsis, is a journeyman portrait painter, perhaps two years from becoming a master. One afternoon, his master is killed in a sudden fire, and Rhenn learns that he is an imager–that is, someone who can visualize things and make them real. He must join the Collegium of Imagisle, where imagers are taught and protected, too, because of the risk they run of unwittingly making their nightmares real. Though living apart from the rest of society, imagers do valuable, if secret, work for their country. Hence, they are prone, collectively and individually, to making enemies. Rhennthyl makes one early on, fighting a bully. Modesitt has drawn a world intriguing enough by itself and thoroughly integrated the magic of imaging into it. The characters are real people, learning and struggling and dealing with their families. Rivetingly beginning a new series, Imager Portfolio, this is thoroughly absorbing, whetting the appetite for the next installment.
We’ve got it here in paperback–and bonus, because I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Mr. Modesitt last night at Eagle Eye Books in Decatur, Georgia–this copy is signed by the author! And we’re giving it away.
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