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Dochter van het Keizerrijk (The Empire Trilogy #1)

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Kelewan is in heftige beroering. In verschillende gewesten spannen drieste krijgsheren samen om het keizerrijk Tsaranuanni aan zich te onderwerpen. De huurmordenaars en de meesterspionnen van de machtigste families strijden met inzet van magische middelen en platte intriges om de heerschappij. Dit steekspel is onderdeel van het Grote Spel, dat al eeuwenlang wordt gespeeld ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 1998 by Meulenhoff-M (first published January 1st 1987)
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Zchantie I actually did read this series before the Riftwar Saga and was no worse for the wear of it. In many regards I enjoyed the Empire Trilogy more. Most…moreI actually did read this series before the Riftwar Saga and was no worse for the wear of it. In many regards I enjoyed the Empire Trilogy more. Most of what occurs in it is left completely unexplained (and half the time unnoticed) in the Riftwar Saga because there's so much going on. There are cross-over characters but if you blink during the Riftwar Saga you wouldn't even notice the connection. The Empire Trilogy easily stands on its own.

Reading the Magician novels of Rift War first would better explain the roles of the Kelewanian magicians that appear in the Empire Trilogy but honestly it's not needed to understand the story.(less)
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Li Seagull
Ookay, two days later and not quite fully rested up, let's do this.

So. Daughter of the Empire. Yes. Very good book. Highly recommended.
The characters were excellent, really. The setting was vaguely oriental, (though as Wastrel tells me, Wurts drew a lot from Korea) so a large part of this book is political intrigue and matters of honor. If that's your team, go for it. If the whole honor thing isn't for you, maybe not as much. But the political intrigue stuff is actually really excellently writte
I read this years ago and picked it up again because I was into something non-European setting. This is an alt Asain world that is tangental to the Riftworld Saga by Feist, and is a REALLY good read. The protagonist is a young girl who must save her family and lands by growing up very quick. Nothing naughty in here, but lots of great politics a-la Game of Thrones. Highly recommend for a fun and different fantasy!
Aug 02, 2013 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for female-centered high/epic fantasy
Recommended to Carol. by: Fantasy Aficionados BOM
Collaborations can be a challenging way to tell a story, especially when both authors have an established voice. Ultimately, if done well, they are like an interesting ice cream swirl, something of the flavor of both authors creating a pleasant compination. Andre Norton is one of those authors that seem to collaborate well, although I'm not sure if that's partly because she was the idea generator and then had a co-writer do more of the heavy lifting, especially in her later years. One of the bes ...more
I re-read this for the 3d or 5th time, but it's been at least a decade, so it was very fresh to me. Too fresh & interesting. Dann Janny & Ray, but I hit the 1/3 point yesterday & then couldn't put it down. I stayed up until midnight reading (I never go to bed after 10pm & always wake up by 6 at the latest.) so I've been dragging all morning. I wanted to take a nap on the hay rather than move it.

The story is on the other side of the gate & we get a much better look at the 'Gam
Aug 10, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a story with such complex political intrigue, and I enjoyed every word of it!

Plot Summary

Set in a Japanese-style setting and culture, Mara of the Acoma is but a few minutes away from being initiated into the service of the goddess Lashima. She is, however, rudely jerked from her chosen path when news of her father's and brother's death reaches her household. In Mara's world, power is determined by the Game of the Council, the neverending power struggle masked
Pauline Ross
This book ought to have been right up my street; a non-medieval world, with limited magic, a slow pace driven by politics rather than endless battles, and a strong-minded female lead - what's not to like? In my case, the answer is: almost everything.

The opening felt surprisingly clunky and uncertain. Many fantasy works start with a dramatic event to draw the reader in, and leave the details of the background to wait for a quieter moment, but this tries to do both at once, with unconvincing resul
Sep 08, 2012 Giacomo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up many years ago after reading Raymond Feist's RIftwar Saga. Within the first thirty pages or so, I was hooked. I had read Janny Wurtz before, and I had read Feist. I enjoyed both of their works, but the combination of the two of them was better. They created a magnificent world with a great culture, borrowing heavily from Japanese/Oriental cultures of old. It was refreshing after so many fantasies, especially in those days, were based on medieval European cultures.

Mara, of the A
Jun 08, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's a discussion going on right now at Goodreads about whether magic is necessary to a fantasy novel, and I have to say that this one certainly proves that it's not at all necessary. The realm of Kelewan is on the other side of the 'rift' from the realm of Midkemia that we were introduced to in the four Riftwar novels leading up to this one. It's a fully formed land with strange (to us) flora and fauna and other races (the choja). While it has an oriental flavor, it is also original and fasc ...more
Mar 26, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first fantasy series I read (at the behest of my wife) since reading Lord of the Rings in high school. It's an interesting departure from what I normally think of as fantasy. This may have not made it the best for my initiation into the genre, but it was a good read nonetheless.

The story is of Lady Mara of House Acoma and her ascent to power after the betrayal and death of her father and brother, leaving her an unlikely heir to rulership over her family. Despite being ostensibly fa
Nov 30, 2012 Penny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
I didn't particularly enjoy this one. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high after loving The Riftwar Saga as much as I did.

For me it felt a lot like I was watching someone play a game that I didn't know the rules of. I knew that Mara was plotting something and her seemingly unwise behaviour was motivated by some secret scheme she had planned, but since I didn't know all the rules within the culture of the Tsurani I couldn't possibly foresee how her plans might work out until they did. I think
Brian Goodman
Dec 27, 2009 Brian Goodman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Brian by: Stephaine Goodman
This is an very emotional book. After reading a few chapters, I quickly felt very attached to the main character; Mara, Lady of the Acoma noble family of the Tsurani Empire.

At a child’s age, Mara is torn from becoming what is like a monk or a priestess when she learns the news of the death of her father and her brother from the devious hands of a rival family whose had a blood feud with the Acoma for many years. As the only surviving member of the Acoma family, Mara is thrust into the role of Ru
Molly Ison
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May 18, 2009 Geraint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Modern fantasy is clogged with copycats; all have their magics and swords and intruiges. Most are superficial, cobbled together novels that never truly grip a reader and compel them to read on well past their bed time.

Not so with the "Empire Trilogy", and not so with the first in the series. "Daughter of the Empire" chronicles the struggle of Mara, daughter of an honourable house (House Acoma) as the political machinations of her beloved empire thrust her into the role of Ruling Lady. The book g
Daughter of the Empire is first of a powerful trilogy of books that follow Mara of House Acoma who, upon the death of her father and brother by the machinations her family's arch-enemy, suddenly became the sole heir of the Acoma name and estate.

The first book deals with how she grows from a simple daughter of a noble house, to an intelligent and masterful player of the politics-rife world of Kelewan. She pushes against the stagnant traditions of her people to lead her house out of the danger of
Dec 04, 2007 EK G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice (welcome) twist from the Western-inspired fantasy that floods the sci-fi/fantasy shelves, this first instalment of a trilogy about Mara, a lady of the Acoma, contains many ideas about face and honour reminiscent of Oriental cultures.

Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts, I think, have created a well balanced character, complete with weaknesses and faults, who gets tried, tested and bests all the obstacles sent in her path. Ultimately, though, it's about a woman who learns how to think and act l
Apr 24, 2013 Calypso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Comecei a leitura d"A Filha do Império" sem qualquer tipo de expectativas, até porque e, apesar de já ter lido dois livros do autor, não fiquei o que se pode chamar de fã. Mas poucas páginas depois de ter começado percebi que este seria um livro do qual iria gostar bastante e comprovou-se.

Mara, a protagonista desta história, consegue fazer-nos sentir pena dela assim, como torcer para que os seus planos corram bem. É ainda um livro com bastante ritmo e muita intriga.

Ansiosa para que saia o
Jan 31, 2015 Sumant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of the empire is a definitely a refreshing change in the fantasy genre, in the sense that they have taken their background as Japanese culture instead of typical European medieval period .Another interesting aspect of this book is Tsurani culture which basically endorses survival of fittest by constantly plotting against each other to get to a powerful position by any means necessary.In this culture the forms are necessary even when you are murdering someone, forms being the way you con ...more
This must be one of my absolute favourite fantasy books. It bears resemblance to some other fantasy series, but the heavy weighting that it places on the politics in Tsuranuanni is something that really appealed to me. Tsuranuanni is a world vaguely similar to China and the Orient, in which ruling families clash and plot under the guise of friendship and diplomacy. Mara is suddenly thrust into this scheming political system just before she takes religious orders, as her father and brother are ki ...more
Daughter of the Empire is the first book in the Empire trilogy, which is the first trilogy in the Midkemia setting Feist co-wrote. Together with Janny Wurts, he created an amazing story chronicling the life and times of Mara of the Acoma. These three books are some of my favourites of the entire Riftwar Cycle – together with Rise of a Merchant Prince, because how can you not love Roo? – and it's been a pleasure to return to them. Contrary to the books we've read so far, Daughter of the Empire is ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I come across quite a few readers looking for a book with the kind of noblehouse politics of Martin’s Game of Thrones; and I am always surprised that they haven’t read the Empire Trilogy by Feist and Wurts because, when it comes to Machiavellian manipulations and politics, I haven’t found a more enthralling read.

I guess the greatest difference between the two stories (other than the fact this book was written first) is that Martin’s is set amidst a world reminiscent of medieval Europe, while the
Jul 13, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: A Neighbor
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. In the Riftwar Saga, the Tsurani sections are not among my favorites, so the thought of a whole trilogy set on Kelewan, making only brief mentions of Midkemia, did not overly excite me. But, I ended up really enjoying this book! Though Feist has strong female characters in the Riftwar Sagam they are not main characters by any stretch of the imagination, so this book with Mara, the Ruling Lady of Acoma, as its focal point was a great addition to th ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had put off reading this series for almost 30 years because I usually don't like books written by co-authors but it came down to the fact that I've read everything Feist has ever written except this series so it became time to dive in.

Technically it's a fantasy series set on Kelewan (the "other" world involved in the Riftwar) but there really isn't much about the book that's fantasy. It's really a book about political maneuvering between families of power in Kelewan. That's it - all politics,
 Adriana ♩♪
Jan 12, 2015 Adriana ♩♪ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daughter of the Empire is a political fantasy novel that happens on the other side of the magical rift, at the planet of Kelewan, following the beloved novel Magician of the Riftwar saga.

Mara, from the noble house of the Acoma, is left with no options after the death of her father and brother. She is now the Ruling Lady of her state and has to learn how to play the Game of Council quickly in order to guarantee the survival of the house Acoma.

This is a book is full of complex political intrigue a
Jun 10, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Better than most in the fantasy genre. Lots of unpredictable twists and surprises, always a plus. I admire the main character Mara, and enjoyed observing her growth into a strong and clever young woman. She is by far one of my favorite female heroines to date. Realistically portrayed, not the usual (and annoying) archetypal female in fantasy. Another plus. The story wraps up without cliffhangers, another plus.
Aug 01, 2015 kaśyap rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I enjoyed reading it. A female-centered fantasy set in a hierarchical society steeped in tradition and rigid codes of honour.The lead character Mara finds herself on the verge of the ruin of her house and the continuance of her house depends upon her holding her own and triumphing in the politics of the great houses. The first quarter of the book is quite predictable but it gets better.
Jul 08, 2016 Paulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quando você adquire um livro ligado a uma série de fantasia, o que você espera? Não, não responda ...

Que tal um livro que aborda o jogo do poder (Jogo do Conselho), o Império Tsurani, estratégia, honra e poder ?

Quanto à magia, diria que é abordada em 1% do livro (na metade e no final) quando fala sobre uma raça social, que vive sob a terra e a presença de dois magos numa determinada festa.

O livro é bem engendrado, mas em suma, aproveita a narrativa da vida de Mara que fora criada para a vida esp
Laura Hughes
Mar 28, 2015 Laura Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this year I embarked on my Big Riftwar Read/Re-read, starting with Magician and the rest of the Riftwar Saga. Part of the reason I’ve been so enthusiastic about this so far is because I couldn’t wait to revisit one of my favourite series of all times: the Empire trilogy. The trilogy is a stunning collaboration between Feist and his fellow epic fantasy writer Janny Wurts, and reveals much more of the world on the ‘other side’ of the Rift. This isn’t the Middle-Earth-ish Midkem ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joining in reread with Tansy Rayner Roberts on

I doubt I've read this since it was first published, so when Tansy Rayner Roberts started doing a reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts' Empire Trilogy on, I decided to join in.

I've tried paced rereads before and I often struggle with them, either giving in and reading ahead, or not getting involved enough in the book because I'm reading in small pieces and giving up. Maybe having read it before helps (or maybe not) but I found I
Jun 22, 2011 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kara by: Goodreads FBCS Group Read

There were so many times that I felt myself cheering for Mara. Throughout the book there are events (noted below) which transpire, leaving you with a new respect for Mara's determination, intelligence, and skill at the Game of Council.

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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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