This is book number 2 in the The Imager Portfolio series.
Imager's Challenge takes up immediately after the conclusion of Imager. Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the Commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium, and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city. Second, Rhenn receives formal notice that one of the High Holders, the father of a man Rhenn partly blinded in self-defense, has declared his intention to destroy Rhenn and his family.
Rhenn's only allies are the family of the girl he loves, successful merchants with underworld connections. In the end, Rhenn must literally stand off against gang lords, naval marines, Tiempran terrorist priests, the most powerful High Holder in all of Solidar, and his own Collegium—and find a way to prevail without making further enemies and endangering those he loves.
The Imager Portfolio
#2 Imager’s Challenge
#3 Imager’s Intrigue
#6 Imager’s Battalion
#7 Antiagon Fire
#8 Rex Regis
#9 Madness in Solidar
#10 Treachery’s Tools
#11 Assassin’s Price (forthcoming)
Other series by this author:
The Saga of Recluce
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter
“The prolific Modesitt kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting-think Victorian times without the pollution. . . . Modesitt's capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished.” —Kirkus Reviews on Imager
“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.” —Library Journal on Imager
“Meticulous worldbuilding . . . . The world is fascinating, and the Imagers themselves are extraordinary.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Imager