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Solidar is in chaos. Charyn, the young and untested ruler of Solidar, has survived assassination, and he struggles to gain control of a realm in the grip of social upheaval, war, and rioting. Solidar cannot be allowed to slide into social and political turmoil that will leave the High Holders with their ancient power and privilege, and the common people with nothing. But the stakes are even higher than he realizes.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250293640
Characteristics: 573 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Jul 29, 2019

Disclaimer: I've read most of his books. Missed the previous one in this mini-cycle.

It follows Charyn, now ruler. Charyn has no magical talents, which is rare (a first?) for a protagonist in Modesitt's fantasy novels. There are imagers in this book, but it feels like he took deliberate steps to make them very minor characters, and no imaging acts take place.

There is a looming presence of unease. Solidar never has enough money, everyone wants more power, and bad things happen off-screen — that is the excitement level of the novel.

I would not recommend this book to a new-to-Modesitt reader as a good introduction into his fantasy novels. (It is closer to his science fiction/fiction writing, which is generally more dry — but his science fiction has other things going for it.)

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