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Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy #2)
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The ending was perfect. The trilogy could have easily stopped on this book, but there is another & that's like finishing a feast with pl ...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
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
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
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
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
After avoiding the obliteration of house Acoma, the Ruling Lady Mara is now focused on her blood feud enemy, the heir of house Minwanabi. To win this battle, Mara, with the help of her advisors and the slave Kevin from Midkemia, has to reconsider her beliefs, honour and tradition and use her influential and manipulative mind for the good of the Empire.
You know what, I'm just not enjoying this. I'm struggling to read the chapter each week and I find I'm not looking forward to it at all.
I'm going to keep reading the Tor.com posts, enjoying Tansy's summary and the comments, but I choose not to make myself keep on reading the book.
It's not that it's bad - I have good memories of my original read and I still think it's a good book - but I'm not having any fun, so I'm letting it go.
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
Her enemy gets her assigned to a far off military outpost and plans an ambush. Does he win? Nope. Her barbarian slave just happens to have faced the same tactics before he got made a slave and is able to advise her to avoid the ambush. Then there's all the intrigu ...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
"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
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
This has to be a fantasy series like nothing I've read before, and it's really nice to read something so fresh and different.
My one complaint would be how much the time skips around in ...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
I thought Daughter of the Empire was one of the best fantasy books I’ve read. Mara of the Acoma stood out as a star among an excellent cast of characters. Servant of the Empire continues with outstanding writing, great plotting, and, for the most part, excellent characters. My only gripe about the series came in this book. I wasn’t fond of Kevin, and found some of the actions—and lack of repercussions—a little unbelievable.
There was also another event in the book ...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