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Mistress of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy #3)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  19,256 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
The world on the other side of the rift:  Kelewan, a land seething with political intrigue and deadly conspiracies.  Following the opulent panoply of Daughter Of The Empire and the dazzling pageantry of Servant Of The Empire comes the resounding conclusion to the Empire trilogy.

Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins,
Hardcover, 613 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1992)
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Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 Troy G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So concludes the best trilogy ever written. When I think about this book, in many ways I think of the supporting cast. I could retitle the book "Arakasi and Lujan" as those are the two character's whose plots most resonated with me. These two characters had perhaps the most drastic arc from the first novel in the trilogy when they were little more than outlaws. In this novel they are so very much more. More than they ever could have been without the intervention of Mara.

That is her greatest gif
A fabulous finish to a great trilogy. I've read & enjoyed other books & series by both authors, but I think that together, they were even better. Thanks, Janny & Ray!
Michael Y. Patuwo
I have strongly mixed opinions about this books; parts of it excite me so much that I thought 'this is a truly magnificent scene', while other parts made me fume with irritation and disbelief.

Let's start with the good part. Mistress of the Empire started with a BANG! that left me unable to put the book down for a few chapters because of how powerful its impact was on the story and characters. Later in the book another tragic surprise roped me in with a similar intensity, and the fast-paced actio
Apr 10, 2015 Sumant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not many series endings have given me the experience but with the book Servant of the empire, I can say that the ending left me feeling content.All the story lines got a proper ending in this book.Also we discover lot of new things regarding cho-ja and tsuruanni in this book.

The previous books consisted of given insights into characters who are working against Mara.But this book offers insights into male counterparts who are working for Mara.The most interesting insights are the ones given by Ar
Apr 28, 2017 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VALEU TANTO A PENA... mas acabou.

Uma saga! 4 Livros, história e personagens cativantes, acompanharam-me nestes últimos meses e agora a separação. Não me apetece nada abandonar a Mara, o Hokanu, o Arakasi, o Lujan...
Fica este sentimento de perda. Até uma próxima. Deixar esquecer para reler mais tarde com certeza.

Teria tanto que contar atendendo que é a conclusão mas não vos quero enfadar e se querem mesmo saber têm que ler.

Reforço apenas que o mais relevante e interessante é a mudança da linh
 Adriana ♩♪
I have been reading this trilogy for MONTHS... what a weird feeling! It will take time to get back into reality. I’m pretty much still living in that magical and different world.

The Empire Trilogy: 1,924 pages of politic intrigues, plots, spy network, poisoning, assassinations, massacres, vengeance and blood feud.

The story is also about tradition, honor, amazing creatures and lots of magic. All this combined with Mara, a very very strong female character.

These books can be a little dense, espec
Sep 14, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Very good, rather lengthy, but superb!
Mar 28, 2013 Ayesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the best book out of the entire trilogy. Unlike its predecessor, in this book Mara remained at the forefront of the plot and challenged opposition in a way that was unexpected, action-packed, and most of all, heartfelt.

Out of all the books I've read, Mara is the most multidimensional character I've ever come across and in this book, you see all of those sides flourish with every page. She is vulnerable and caring yet carries with her an inner strength and calm (traits less often asso
Feb 18, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
The first quarter of the final book in the series is not good. The death of Mara's son through the hands of an assassin drives her mad with grief which leads her to attempt to go to war with her nemesis Jiro of the Anasatzi. The way this first quarter of the book is written is confusing and lacklustre, but does set up the rest of the story which is Mara vs the Black Robes and Assassins and Anasatzi.

The other three-quarters of the book is utterly brilliant, totally gripping and in places heartwre
I need to file this last book into my pile of "what a terrible last book in a series" books. I had to trudge my way through a majority of this one. The beginning of the book was pretty good. I had been disappointed with the second book in this series and was hoping for this to end with a bang. Unfortunately it did not and now I can't decide if this was a good investment of my time or not.

I still love the characters but it just got bogged down with so much excess that it lost that spark that fir
Barefoot Danger
Mar 25, 2015 Barefoot Danger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough bad things about this book. Here's a drinking game: Drink anytime an old person is described as "wizened", someone counts off things on their fingers (if they're not actually counting anything, chug), anytime someone inclines their head, all chapters that begin with "[Noun] [verb]ed," and any time you want to slit your wrists.

Awful. This book was awful.

The authors have obviously never taken the advice "Show, don't tell." Chapters are divided arbitrarily. It will take three c
Sep 29, 2014 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, irritating
I am not ashamed to admit that if I never see this trilogy again, it'll be too soon. The authors turn everything they've written in the previous two books on its head, just for the sake of making us feel pity for Mara, who is even more self-serving in this one than in the other two, even though the authors have tried to disguise it as grief. Over-padded, over-bloated, ridiculous political wrangling doesn't equal plot unless there is also a story to sustain it, and there's nothing like that here, ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Tragedy after bad thing after setback after disaster happen to Mara, and at first it’s so bad she goes a little catatonic, and then makes some SEVERE missteps.

Then, Mara being the awesome heroine she is, she decides if the system is broken, she’s just going to have to pull the whole thing down, and proceeds to do so.

An Epic Quest at its finest, with the stakes sky high, and heroine who will do anything to protect those she loves.

Sono ancora abbastanza combattuta sul giudizio da dare a questo libro, però, ora come ora, non me la sento di dare la quarta stellina: molte cose mi sono piaciute, ma non sono mancati i lati negativi, per non parlare dell'incazzatura che mi è venuta nel vedere separata la mia coppia preferita...non credo di poter scrivere una recensione coerente, perciò butterò giù una serie di punti, indicando sempre la presenza di spoiler, e vediamo cosa ne viene fuori.

Pronti, partenza, via!

1) Questo libro
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Jan 06, 2009 Glitterfairy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who preferred Krondor's Sons duology over the previous two books
Recommended to Glitterfairy by: misguided people who told me it was as good as the previous two
Shelves: fantasy
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That was just...Wow. I've been on a wild ride since the first installation in this trilogy and I never expected the story to conclude like this, so amazing and bittersweet. The Empire Trilogy has truly challenged my view of what I consider good books, good writing, good characterization, and good plot. More than that, it's taught me a lot about what it means to be strong and stand firm in the face of adversity and challenge.

Frankly, The Empire Trilogy has very much awoken my interest in fantasy
Sean Goh
Dec 04, 2016 Sean Goh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, fiction, fantasy
The stunning conclusion to a truly peerless trilogy. The depth of characterisation and world-building the authors have poured into this work of art... leaves me at a loss for words to describe. I've lost count of the number of times I have shed tears reading this series, usually at pivotal scenes involving death or passionate pleas against the status quo. Verily, it requires an outsider's viewpoint to upend long-held paradigms.
Kinda makes me want to go back and revise all my previous 5 star rati
Rachel van Huyssteen
Mistress of the empire started out with an explosion. I was thinking to myself, "I'm never going to put this book down" and "this is going to be just as amazing as the 1st book in the trilogy (Daughter of the Empire)." This lasted for maybe 150 pages or so. Throughout the middle of the book there was a lot of politics, which isn't my favorite in any book. I buckled down and got through it. Then the book started getting amazing again. Lujan and Arakasi really made this book what it is. Without th ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Jul 19, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book almost seemed like two; there is a definite change in tone and pacing starting roughly halfway through. I must say I liked the second half more than the former, because Mara plays almost no part in the initial stages of the book; the first half focuses primarily on Mara’s spymaster and the spymaster for her new key rival, Jiro (brother of her unfortunate husband from book 1), with interludes spend with Hokanu interspersed throughout. It almost turns into an espionage/secret agent novel ...more
Dixie A.
Sep 04, 2014 Dixie A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The conclusion to the series and, while not the best of it (Daughter of the Empire is the best), it certainly has its points.

When I first encountered this series, this book was one of my favorites because of a sex scene somewhere around the middle of the book where Mara's spymaster has to seduce a jaded courtesan for information. The courtesan's challenge to him was to get her off, which she considered to be impossible. While in the heavily guarded bed of her owner. And the spymaster fell in lov
Jul 01, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than book 2 (Servant of the Empire). The people and their action were more in keeping with the way the story unfolded in book 1 (Daughter of the Empire).There is plenty of action in the book, it moves a lot faster than the previous one.
Mara has travelled an immense distance, both literally and metaphorically. She sees how the stagnation of the Empire, due largely to the rigid honour code that dictates the Tsurani way of life, stifles the growth of the land and its people.
Her task i
Apr 27, 2012 Giacomo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the final book of the Empire Series, Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist stepped up to the plate and smacked another home run. I thought the first book in the series was one of the best fantasy books I’ve read. The second was an excellent book, but I felt it slipped in a few places. With Mistress, they have returned with another masterpiece.

The plotting was tremendous, taking the reader through political intrigue and subterfuge, and a host of sub-plots. IMO this was a well-thought-out process that
The third book promised to be yet another powerful story of the comet rise of Mara through station and power, as this time, she goes up against the Assembly of Magicians itself, the self-governing body of absolute power. Unfortunately, it does takes things to the point of highly unbelievable. Yes, the pacing is still excellent, and as you read, the tension builds and builds and you just can't seem to put it down. The story is as gripping as the first two, no doubt, but the aftertaste was slightl ...more
Aug 08, 2016 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Just... wow. I remember not liking this one as much when I first started reading this trilogy (as a teenager) because it took Mara out of the Empire, creating too much distance between the politics and the people I knew. There's also far more magic - much more than Milamber's display at the arena - and a few nasty surprises along the way.

But now, rereading for the umpteenth time as an adult, the pacing, the tension and the characters all work together to draw *everything* from the series into on
Oct 22, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Final book in this trilogy and also the last book of Feist that I had never read so...after 30 books the Riftwar Saga is done, I have no more Feist to read.

This book was stunning. Probably my favorite series of all of the Riftwar series.

It ties up all of the plots that Mara has weaved to a gripping conclusion. This book and in fact the whole series is not really a page turner but one long political intrigue series with so many different threads and twists it is very hard at times to keep all of
Dec 30, 2008 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Fabulous conclusion to an absolutely fantastic trilogy. I loved the fact that this final installment answered many questions I had from the first 2 books. I ran through the whole gamut of emotions from anger, fear and frustration through to hurt, joy and happiness. I even weeped a little. :)
Nuno Magalhães
Apr 17, 2014 Nuno Magalhães rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todos os fãs de excelente Fantasia
Shelves: own, fantasia, favorites
Esta trilogia é simplesmente soberba. Este último livro fecha com a chave de ouro um estilo de fantasia que considero insuperável. Este é um livro que causa variadíssimas emoções, à medida que a narrativa, implacavelmente, se desenrola de surpresa em surpresa. Altamente aconselhável.
Jul 23, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
I didn't write a review for this yet? Oops. For real though.. I was disappointed. I didn't like the ending, among other things.. I still gave it 3 stars, but barely. Baaaaarely.

Don't take this to heart though.. Most people love it. It's probably just me.
Jul 11, 2010 Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
A very satisfying re-read.
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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