Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy #2)
Mara of Acoma, Ruling Lady of her house, is a force to be reckoned with when playing the bloody politics of the Game of the Council.
She's made great gains for her followers within the Empire, including valuable new lands. But they need cultivating, and slaves are in short supply due to the incessant war effort against Midkemia.
PLAY TO WIN
Mara knows you don't g...more
It was alike and different from the first in many ways. All the main characters in the book returned, a great addition was Kevin, a prisoner of war turned slave by tradition of the Kelewanese.
I felt a great influence of James Cla...more
In this one, Mara has to contend with her long-time enemies the Minwanabi, only this time in the form of Desio, the somewhat less capable s...more
The focus still remains with Mara as she deals with the fallout, good and bad, from the previous book. It also intr...more
The largest gripe I have with this book is the introduction of Kevin....more
with the wealth 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...more
One hundred pages into its predecessor, Daughter of the Empire, Mara had survived an assassination attempt, saved the life of a trusted family retainer, and pulled off a plan to recruit gray warriors to her house. By the same point in this book, however, Mara has just kind of shuffled around the house and fell in love with a barbarian slave. I saw the romance coming from the very first scene, where Mara purchases him,...more
"A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society."--Publishers Weekly.
"Uncommonly satisfying."--LocusFrom Library Journal
As leader of her noble house, the Lady Mara must contend with battles on two fronts: in the hotbed of intrigue and treachery that is the court of Tsurani, and in her heart, where her affections for a barbarian slave from the enemy world of Midkemis lead her to question the principles by which she lives. The...more
The politics of this book are fantastically intricate and simultaneously awfully bloody. The afte...more
One of the best set pieces of the series takes place in thi...more
So when the Great Game was put to a perilous change by the end of this second book, I was just a little miffed. I'm not sure which annoyed me more: Mara's staunch infatuation with the first exotic strange...more
I can't remember who was who apart from the main characters - their titles and relationships to each other I found too confusing to attempt to remember. I understood the concept and was happy to ignore the details on this. I reminded me of my aborted attempt to read War & Peace, where the sheer numbers of characters...more
Whilst a truly engaging plot line with multi-layered characters, the feverish passion between the protagonists slid from manageable to downright annoying. Together for some five/six years it seems that time and familiarity have no bounds in the teenage romp-fest where a simple knowing look results in mind blowing sex. It was harder to believe the relations...more
The addition of Jenny Wurts seems to have tempered Feist's previous weaknesses - compression of time, and a female perspective. There are still a few traces of Feist's "blunt" plotting, but for the most part is a marked improvement to flow and readability. My only serious frustration with this series is the lack of attention paid to signposting the passing of time, which I feel is important if you're going to span a story lasting any mor...more
This is what happened on the other side of the rift in Feist's rift war saga.
A society loosely based on feudal Japan, with its intricate politics and beauty captured well
This is by far a series I highly recommend. The characters are deep and the story
Is very good.
The series takes you on a journey with a woman forced to lead her clan. She is young,
Inexperienced, but she is clever and willing to risk all in a game mostly playe...more
Back again following Mara of House Acoma in her political struggle with the Great Game. For me this certainly was as good as the first book in the trilogy, although following the same characters along the same storyline it still seemed fresh. It does have a strong political basis, more than I've ever known in fantasy, at times it is very simple and straightforward but the majority of it is cleverly done. Feist certainly has a gift for this kind of world building, allowing the reader an insight...more
I wasn't too fond of the introduction of Kevin and the role that he had in the book. The further along I got, the more I kept seeing aspects of "this is a savage and...more
Mara's daden hebben gevolgen. Het Huis Minwanabi zet alles in om de rituele zelfmoord van de vorige Heer van het Huis door Mara's toedoen te wreken. Mara krijgt intussen een relatie met een slaaf uit de wereld der barbaren aan de andere kant van de scheuring. Zijn unieke kijk op de Tsurani-samenleving, die slaven houden, moord oogluikend toestaan zolang het maar niet in strijd is met hun gevoel voor Eer en bepaalde vormen van extreme wreedheid vol...more