This is book number 2 in the The Grand Illusion series.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., bestselling author of Saga of Recluce and the Imager Portfolio, continues his brand new, gaslamp, political fantasy series with Councilor the thrilling sequel to Isolate. Welcome to the Grand Illusion.
Continued poor harvests and steam-powered industrialization displace and impoverish thousands. Protests grow and gather followers.
Against this rising tide of social unrest, Steffan Dekkard, newly appointed to the Council of Sixty-Six, is the first Councilor who is an Isolate, a man invulnerable to the emotional manipulations and emotional surveillance of empaths.
This makes him dangerous.
As unknown entities seek to assassinate him, Dekkard struggles to master political intrigue and infighting, while introducing radical reforms that threaten entrenched political and corporate interests.
The Grand Illusion
Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Imager Portfolio
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter
Praise for Contrarian
“If you like novels of political intrigue with subtle magic . . . this is the novel for you. . . . It draws the trilogy to a wonderful and successful conclusion that will leave readers satisfied.”—The Nameless Zine
Praise for Isolate
“This superior book only whets the appetite for a sequel.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Readers will be caught up in Modesitt's world . . . anyone who likes to delve into the way worlds work will be riveted.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Masterfully blending gas lamp fantasy, mystery, and political thriller, Modesitt’s latest is vast in scope and rich in detail, proving a captivating start to his Grand Illusion series.”—Booklist
“I couldn’t put it down.”—Amazing Stories
“Delicious with intrigue and artful revelations, Modesitt’s Isolate comes at you with top-drawer worldbuilding and compelling characters. Here we have a hot new gaslamp world fraught with political machinations that will keep you up reading into the night. Modesitt has always been great, so how does he keep getting better? Read Isolate and find out.” —Peter Orullian, author of The Unremembered
“Riveting.... A political story, told through fascinating characters.... I loved every minute.”—Reading Reality