Daughter of the Empire (Empire Trilogy #1)

Daughter of the Empire (Empire Trilogy #1)

by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts

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Overview

An epic tale of adventure and intrigue, Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.  But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy.  Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all—in his own impregnable stronghold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553272116
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1988
Series: Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 421
Sales rank: 125,907
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist (1945) is an American author of Fantasy fiction best known for his Riftwar Cycle of books and short stories. He began the series in 1982 with the publication of The Magician which was initially inspired by the game Dungeons and Dragon. He conceived of the idea for the book while still a student at the University of California San Diego. To date the series has sold over fifteen million copies world wide.

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Daughter of the Empire (Kelewan Empire Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is not the first time I have read it and it will not be the last. I love the way it takes off from Magician: Apprentice by Feist and goes to the alternate world and makes that world more personal. The characters come to life in this book and it feels like you are right there in the story with them. I loved the way Mara's character grows and matures. There is such a richness and realizm to all of the people in this book. The plot is also excellent. Lots of twists and turns you do not anticipate and never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the next in the series "Servent of the Empire", again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I finished this book, I immediately went out and bought the other two in the trilogy. The two partnering authors did a FANTASTIC job of writing this saga. All the characters are real; you'll love the heroine and those around her, and hate their enemies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The combination of these authors is deadly. They take you into another realm and leave you in limbo between your mind and where you sit reading this enticing fantasy novel. I read this book three times and have just purchased the next two books in this trilogy. I can barely wait to see what Mara thinks up next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The quality of Feist's writing as well as the development of Mara over this series is truly one of the joy's of literature. The intrigue, suspense, and political maneuverings in this series keep you at the edge of your seat, even after reading it for the 3rd time. It is wonderful reading about how she outfoxes her opponents to carry the survival of the Acoma forward.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this, but have never finished the series. Running out of Feist, so I'm sure I'll get there.
goldnyght on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. I've re-read it half a dozen times and it's just as timeless as ever!
shavienda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly riveting story, I devoured this novel in two days. It was given to me by a friend who said I would enjoy it, so I happily took it from him and found his words to be true. The main character, Mara struggles through many hardships, dancing a dangerous political game where losing means not only the end of her life, but her entire lineage¿s history and honour. The authors keep the drama and suspense high, while the characters are in a whirlwind of dramatic intrigue, assassination attempts, and clever subterfuge. Extremely satisfying novel, I cannot wait till I get my hands on the next one of the trilogy.
souloftherose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of a trilogy co-authored by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. It is set in Kelewan which is part of the setting of Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga. I've read the Riftwar Saga and a couple of other books by Feist but I haven't read anything by Janny Wurts before (although I have To Ride Hell's Chasm on my TBR shelf).Before I properly review this book I have to admit that I absolutely loved Feist's debut novel, Magician, but ever since I have been slightly disappointed by the other books of his I've read. He also has a couple of annoying writing habits (well I find them annoying, anyway) which really bug me:1) Every chapter starts with a short (three - six words) sentence as the opening paragraph. ("The storm had broken") I can sort of understand why he does this. It's short, it's pithy, it draws you in. But several chapters into a book it starts to get irritating and when he does it for every chapter of every book it makes me want to scream!2) Character descriptions. Particularly at the beginning of his novels, when he spends time setting the characters up Feist seems to describe his characters' personality by using descriptive passages. I prefer writers who let you discover their characters' personalities based on how they act in the book or interact with other characters rather than having it explicitly spelled out for me. I find it slightly patronising and it reminds me that I'm reading a book rather than being completely immersed in the world of the characters in the novel.These habits are again present in Daughter of the Empire. I've assumed they're Feist's habits rather than Janny Wurts' and I'm starting to think that all Feist novels will have these traits.Rant over.This story is based exclusively in the world of Kelewan rather than Midkemia which was the setting for most of the Riftwar Saga. Although this is a world where magic is possible there is actually very little magic in this story, rather the focus of the book is on politics and intrigue.The main character, Mara Acoma, is unexpectedly called away from her future as a novice in a religious order on the death of her father and elder brother. She becomes the leading lady of their house and must learn quickly to survive amidst the intrigues of Kelewan society; a society where assassination and murder are considered socially acceptable and even admirable as long as they are done within the complex rules of Kelewan honour and 'The Game of the Council'. This book was slow to start with but I quickly became fascinated by the complex plots and intrigued by Mara's plans to overcome her family's foes and ensure the prosperity of House Acoma.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This trilogy, while set in the 'other' universe, is a wonderful addition to the Riftwar series
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is one of the best of the Kelewan/Midkimia books. I've liked all of them that I have read but I think this one is near the top. This is the 1st of a trilogy that takes place on Kelewan. This is about the Tsuranuanni people and their politics.We begin with Mara about to take vows to become a member of the order of Lashima. Before it is complete she is recalled home to become the head of her house because the others in her line were killed in battle. As a mere girl of 17 s she is thrust into a pit of viperous politisians who would enjoy watching her demise and the end of the Acuma line. She set herself the task of more than mere servival, but revenge on the one who orcestrated the death of her father and brother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This entire story was riveting; I could see and feel the world in which it was written. Truly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series contains everything one would want. I love these books so much, read them multiple times.
VincaBooks More than 1 year ago
Raymond E. Feist, author of The Riftwar Saga, and Janny Wurts, writer of The Wars of Light and Shadow, have joined forces to write about life on the other side of the Rift, in the land of Kelewan. Mara Acoma is about to give up her life of luxury as the only daughter of one of the most historied ruling families in the Tsuranuanni empire and become a servant in the house of the goddess Lashima, until suddenly she is ripped from her life of choice and thrust, untested and mostly uneducated, into the dangerous game of the council that has already claimed the lives of her father and brother. Only by trusting her gut and the honor of others can Mara hope to restore her family to the position of strength and grace of the Acoma once held. My brother's girlfriend who loves this series and The Riftwar Saga suggested this book to him, and he to my mother and myself. I was in the middle of reading a bunch of other things, but I picked it up anyway. It started off slowly, and it took me a day or two to adjust to the universe and the culture in which it takes place. Once I understood it, the pages flew by, and I was sucked further and further into Mara's story, and the history of the Acoma, the Tsuranaunni, and Kelewan. The world building, while culturally happening at the beginning of the book, physically and historically happens much later, rather the opposite of most fantasy that I have read. The chapters were long, but they tended to be more like books within the book. Each chapter was a section of Mara's life and culminated in the important thing that happened during it. Although there isn't as much dialogue as I expected, the detailing and descriptions were stunning. Having never read any of the authors' other works, I can't say how their voices blended together, but I didn't notice any style changes throughout the book, so I guess they blended well. Overall, the book is great. I felt satisfied with the ending, albeit a little surprised there wasn't more of a big problem for her to overcome. The 'big problem' is present and accounted for during the whole book, and Mara just chips away at it chapter by chapter, rather than the normal fantasy trope of training and training and then all of a sudden having to fight the big bad guy. There were twists I didn't expect (for once i couldn't predict what was going to happen!), and it was extremely well written. There are supposedly two more books in this series, and I will probably read them, but I don't really have any idea where it will go from here. Reading a long fantasy book like this always inspires me towards eventually reading The Lord of the Rings, and finishing the Outlander and The Wheel of Time series, and hopefully I'll get to them someday, but for today, I recommend Daughter of the Empire to any fantasy lovers out there. think about it as a warm up. Curio Street Reads Rating: 4 Stars www.CurioStreetReads.wordpress.com
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Great book. The characters and the world all came to life
tempi2007 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's great to have a strong female character that isn't a harpy or another "Lt. Ripley." Mara uses her brains, not braun, to secure the survival of her name. This series really needs to be available for the Nook! Although I have the paperbacks, I would buy them again for my Nook collection.
HurricaneShelley More than 1 year ago
Love the characters and the writing. I keep coming back again and again.
CallenTX More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure going into these books that I would like them. They are co-authored and do not feature the characters that I loved from the other books in the series. As soon as I started Daughter of the Empire, I was hooked. This book is an insider's peek into The Game Of Counsil. I was both intrigued and disgusted by some of the acts commited by the characters to secure the family's honor. I can't wait to start the second book in this series.
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This beginning book of an excellent trilogy sets up an alien culture which reflects many of the qualities of our far East, at an earlier time. Character development is great.
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