Scholar—Pursuit of a Different Dream
Don’t all heroes in fantasy dream about becoming the supreme mage, ruler, liberator, warrior, or the like? And even if they don’t have that dream, don’t most of them end up doing something like that in order to get their dream?
In the new Imager Portfolio subseries, beginning with Scholar, the main character is Quaeryt, and, of course, he has a dream. But because of his background, that dream is rather different from most dreams and ambitions one reads about in fantasy. To begin with, Quaeryt doesn’t know his birth name, nor from where he comes. He also has odd white-blond hair and a bad leg. He’s been raised by the scholars of Solis to become a junior scholar, and it’s not been an easy path, so much so that he ran away to become a seaman for part of his youth and had to crawl and grovel to be taken back by the scholars. He does have one advantage: his tutor happened to also be the tutor of the heir to the throne of Telaryn, and Quaeryt came to know the young Lord Bhayar. So Bhayar occasionally gives Quaeryt scholarly tasks to do, and the scholars of Solis allow Quaeryt to remain at their scholarium because… well… it’s useful to have a scholar who has access to the man who will rule.
Quaeryt has more than one secret, but the most critical one is that he’s an imager at a time when the land is being fragmented into five warring nations and when imagers are often hunted down and killed. To make matters worse, he can feel the scrutiny of court politics turning toward him because he is different and an acquaintance of Bhayar, who has recently come to power. So Quaeryt gets himself sent on a paid mission to recently conquered Tilbor, ostensibly to see if he can recommend a better way of governing the province… and to remove himself from scrutiny in Solis while he tries to find a way to follow his dream. Except—and there are always exceptions—just before he is to leave Solis, he finds himself beckoned into the privategardenofBhayar’s family, where Bhayar’s youngest sister hands him a letter. But… it’s not a love letter, nor is it a letter about court intrigue, not directly, but something far more dangerous for a scholar… and Quaeryt is about to discover that he only thought he knew all the secrets that surround him, let alone those he is about to discover in Tilbor.
Scholar is also a different book in another way, because while Quaeryt is pursing his secret dream, one that he doesn’t even allow himself to often think about, he is constantly striving to stay out of the limelight, to avoid being noticed, and even when he is favorably noticed, attempting to give credit to others.
From the Tor/Forge December newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletter via email.
More from our December newsletter:
- An Editor’s Dirty Little Secret
- On a Bus to New York
- Sister, Healer, Soldier, Spy
- Tor/Forge Blog is Moving to a New Domain
- The Week in Review
- Not at New York Comic-Con Sweepstakes
- Starred Review: Ask Not by Max Allan Collins
- New Releases: 10/8/2013
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nasisse
- Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2013
- Read "The Forest Girl," a new Recluce story from L.E. Modesitt Jr.: bit.ly/2eeDPCk https://t.co/j6lfYz7cB2 1 hour ago
- RT @tordotcom: Didn't know that @BrandSanderson's books were connected? Here's what you need to know about the COSMERE. https://t.co/FzC3Lf… 5 hours ago
- RT @BrandSanderson: Here's some movie news that has been a long time coming. I'm thrilled to be working with DMG. twitter.com/Variety/status… 6 hours ago
- RT @Reddit_Books: @catvalente Radiance by Catherynne Valente is the the r/books @Reddit book club selection for November! https://t.co/qkcw… 6 hours ago
- Looking for a great urban fantasy read? Enter for a chance to win #RoyalStreet, by @Suzanne_Johnson:… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… 7 hours ago
- Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere Universe Movie Rights Sold in Massive Multi-Film Deal
- A Guide to Assassin’s Creed for Non-Gamers
- The Weaver
- Aliens and Family Values: Lilo and Stitch
- FYI: This Three-Headed Dragon Statue in Russia Breathes Real Fire
- The Diabolic Sweepstakes!
- Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Childhood Trauma Here: Poltergeist
- The Offbeat Infernal: 5 Books with Unusual Demons and Devils
- Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 2
- How Fantasy Author Brent Weeks Makes Space for His Readers’ Opinions