From the moment Daughter Of The Empire is picked up, any avid reader will find themsleves helplessly involved in the novel, and glad of it.
Our first view of Mara is a gripping one, and within the first few pages the action has already begun. Soon we find ourselves immersed in a brilliantly written plot focusing on this seventeen year old daughter of an ancient and powerful house, the Acoma, and the sacrifices she has to make for its continuance. Left with few friends, little strength and many allies eager to obliterate the Acoma after the death of Mara's father and brother, lord and heir to the title of Lord of the Acoma, Mara must prove herself as a worthy player of the game of the council, using wits, intelligence and no small amount of cunning to allow the continuance of the Acoma line.
Journeying through the fast-paced and in-depth plot, we follow Mara as she marries a violent son of one of her greatest enemies to secure an ally and a son, bravely commands the respect of the alien cho ja race and ventures into the winlderness to face the hardened ruffian 'grey-warriors' who will form most of the Acoma garrison, commanded by the fiesty Lujan.
With fantastic characters, a plot that has you constantly on the edge of your seat and immensely cunning plots on the behalf of a strong, feminine leader, this book will never remain on your shelf for long. Cry over the fate of Papewaio, stand bravely at the side of force commander Keyoke, smile at the motherly intentions of Nacoya, first advisor to the great house and follow Arakasi, spy commander, into the shadows of his immense spy network; not to mention the hate we muster for Buntokapi, Mara's violent alchoholic husband and Jingu of the Minwanabi, the house that Mara has strived to obliterate to lay the spirit of her murdered father and brother to rest.
A great read, no doubt about it.