|Author||L.E. Modesitt, Jr.|
|Cover Artist||Donato Giancola|
|Publication Date||November 8, 2011|
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Scholar is the fourth book of The Imager Portfolio.
Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three—Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and a friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor, conquered ten years earlier by Bhayar’s father, in order to see if the occupying army there can be redeployed to the border with warlike Bovaria.
Quaeryt has managed to conceal the fact that he is an imager, since the life expectancies of imagers in Lydar is short. Just before he departs, Bhayar’s youngest sister passes a letter to the Quaeryt, a letter that could well embroil him in the welter of court politics he had hoped to leave behind. Making matters worse, Quaeryt's voyage to Tilbor is filled with pirates, storms, poisonings, attempted murder... and the discovery that he is not quite who he thought he was.