In the e-Mail: Assassin’s Price (#11, The Imager Portfolio)

Assassin’s Price is LE Modesitt’s latest book in the Imager Portfolio, which is fantasy, more or less French, and spans a technology level running from late gunpowder to the early Victorian age. I enjoy the series, but it’s not exactly one that you can just start anywhere (you should probably start with, well, Imager).  It’s of particular note for me because the viewpoint character seems to be essentially a principled schemer and plotter; he’s an ambitious heir to the throne who has to sneak around his father’s back in order to… learn how basic markets and military strategies work.  Which honestly reminds me slightly of what King George IV of England supposedly had to go through while King George III was on the throne*. (more…)

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