This is book number 6 in the The Imager Portfolio series.
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling Princeps, L.E. Modesitt's Imager's Battalion follows magical hero Quaeryt as he leads history's first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife's brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria's attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has his own agenda in doing Bhayar's bidding: to legitimize Imagers in the hearts and minds of all men, by demonstrating their value as heroes as he leads his battalion into one costly battle after another.
Making matters worse, court intrigues pursue Quaeryt even to the front lines of the conflict, as the Imager's enemies continue to plot against him.
The Imager Portfolio
#1 Imager / #2 Imager’s Challenge / #3 Imager’s Intrigue / #4 Scholar / #5 Princeps / #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
“Modesitt produces some of the best fantasy novels published. His numerous series have devout fans…. I look forward to Quaeryt's continuing adventures.” —SFRevu
“Solidly engrossing.” —Kirkus Reviews on Princeps
“Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building.” —RT Book Reviews on Imager
“The Imager Portfolio features some of the best characters Modesitt has ever created, real enough to make you consider what you'd do in their places.” —Booklist on Imager's Challenge
“Quaeryt is a fascinating character, and his trials and journey are action packed and yet intellectual.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on Scholar
“Modesitt has only one style: subtle intrigues anchored in vividly drawn, complex characters, stiffly formal conversations and descriptional arabesques in tones of gray. Perhaps the best so far in this consistently fascinating series.” —Kirkus, Starred Review, on Scholar
“Modesitt has drawn a superb portrait of an honest and powerful man handed a crisis that even he may not be able to handle. . . . Extremely satisfying.” —Booklist on Imager's Intrigue