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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007349165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007349166
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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‘A gripping tale’
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THE EMPIRE TRILOGY: BOOK II

Nobody knows how to play the Game of the Council better than Mara of the Acoma. But when you're surrounded by deadly rivals intent on toppling you at every turn, you need to e the best simply to survive…

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I was given Magician as a present about a year ago and since then I have been avidly chasing up as many as I could find of Feist (and Wurts). The Daughter of the Empire took you through Mara's early adulthood when she was still really a child expected to run the Acoma House and not get assassinated in the process. You really feel for Mara as she is forced to marry for political stability and use her wiles to extricate herself and her heir. I often found myself being outraged at how she was treated in the marriage (which is I am sure the intention of the authors). The destruction of the Minwanabi House has become her goal in recompense for the deaths of her father and brother. The Servant of the Empire sees the House of the Acoma as strong but not without enemies. It focussed much more on the "barbarian" slaves and the class system than before. Mara buys Midkemian soldiers captured in the Riftwar but finds herself drawn to one, a tall red headed slave named Kevin. Unbenownst to Mara, Kevin is the son of a noble himself and so chaffs for his freedom greatly while being the leader by the rest of the Midkemians with him. Becoming Mara's lover, he is torn between his love for her and the seemingly inexplicable nature of her world where he is regarded as little more than her property. Mara is herself in turmoil as she finds herself challenging tradition more and more. All the while she is being systematically hunted by the family of her enemy house, and fears greatly for the life of her son. The story here intertwines with Magician but seen from the Tsurani world. The Destruction of the Games by Pug sent more ripples in motion than was ever considered in Magician from the Midkemian side. The Mistress of the Empire...well...I am only a couple of chapters into it but already it looks to surpass all that has gone before. I can't wait!
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By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2013
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I'm reviewing Feists' (and those involved with him) works in Chronological order. Unfortunately for some books there are new books and covers being re-released in March 2013 so reviews for the old books can no longer be posted. Not so clever AMAZON.

Anyway this review is for the chronological reading of books by Feist and others that all link Medkemia and Kelewan and form the Riftwar Saga

SO intially it goes:-

Magician 5 stars
Jimmy the Hand 2 Stars
Horored Enemy 4 stars
Murder in LaMuT 3 stars.
Daughter of the Empire 5 stars
Silverthorn 4.5 stars
Darkness at Sethanon 5 stars
Servant of the Empire 5 stars
and so on ... look for the rest of the reviews in the coming months.

Servant of the Empire is a real rollercoaster of a novel. At first I was drawn into it as much as daughter of the Empire and really enjoying it and then I started to worry. The book went off down that irrelevant path that so many femaile others suffer from. The endless preoccupation with minutae. Also in this case with 2 of the main characters of Mara and Kevin love story. The whole 'lost in Kevin the big hairy barbarians big strong arms' thing started to wear me down a bit and the predictable angst of "I'm a noble lady bedding my slave and we can never be" was just making me gag. However she rescue's her book with some fabulous plots and stories and great fights involving clanless soldiers, assassins and others. I guess Kevin the barbarian allowed her to break protocol and win her way through due to the ability to bring in ideas not contemplated by the Tsuranni. The bit at the end which I won't spoil was a little heartless and for a moment I identified a little with Kevin. I hope he shows up in future stories. I must give Janny Wurts a try outside of the whole riftwar saga but if like me you're just discovering her then these 3 books of hers are truly epic. She's up there with Tolkien, Gemmel and Feist. EPIC indeed!!!!
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By Book Addict on 7 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Following on from Daughter of the Empire, this book expands on Mara's task of consolidating the position of House Acoma.
With the profit gained from the silk trade she buys Midkemian slaves to cultivate her land and further increase her wealth.
One of them is , unknown to her, a noble in his own land. Naturally she falls in love with him etc, etc, etc.
I'm afraid that I found the love story between these two contrived and a little embarrassing . Kevin struck me as incredibly shallow. He falls in love with Mara and abandons his men with hardly a backward glance, leaving them to the privations of living as slaves while he lives in comfort and luxury. Oh, occasionally he goes back to visit, but not to help them, instead he asks them to please not try to escape and that some day , maybe, in the future, they may be freed, perhaps, or maybe not..... Hardly the actions of a leader of men.
There is some interesting conversational byplay between Mara and Kevin as they both explore the differences in culture and society that occasionally drive a wedge between them. But this seemed familiar and then it dawned on me it is EXACTLY like the exchanges between John Blackthorne and the Japanese warlords in Shogun by James Clavell.
I will read the third book in the trilogy, but mainly because I am a little obsessive and hate leaving things undone. But so far the trilogy has been a bit of a disappointment to me, I was expecting much more after reading the first book.
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The trilogy that is the Empire series is surely the basis for three superb feature films.

The Empire is clearly based on Japanese characters. The plot and the characters are just perfect.
You will love the goodies and hate the baddies.
You will cheer when the baddies fall on their sword and cry (as I did) when the goodies die.

Man or Woman, you will find it all here.
Action, romance, intrigue, crime and punishment, plotting, all written in a style that flows from the page to your heart.
Janny Wurts is not a writer I have read but I know Feist and THIS trilogy is simply the hardest book to put down that I have ever read.

There are references to Milamber from "Magician" beautifully interwoven in the plot but "empire" can be read in isolation with nothing lost or taken away from the Feist Universe.
"The Last Samurai" would offer the merest taste if you need a reference but Empire is a film series that demands to be made.

Buy all three books in one hit. You will be glad you did.
You'll need a box of tissues to wipe your eye too.
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