Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
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Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy #2)

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"A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society."--Publishers Weekly.



"Uncommonly satisfying."--Locus
Mass Market Paperback, 691 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Spectra (first published 1987)
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Jim
Wow, again. As a guy, I sometimes have trouble connecting with a female main character, but not in this case. While Mara is about as distant from me as can be, she's a fantastic heroine & I hung on every word of the fantastic writing. My emotions bumped right along with her situation. Again, I stayed up too late reading & hated to put the book down.

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
Tammy ~NovelOpinion
This is the second book in the Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. I really enjoyed the first book. I loved how a young and innocent girl was thrust into the deadly games of politics where any wrong move could be met with her death as well as the death of her loved ones and shame for anyone associated with the name of her family the Acoma. In book one Mara is 17, becomes Ruling Lady of the Acoma facing powerful enemies with only 37 warriors to protect her and her hard to defend e...more
Beniarto
The second in the series was definitely a page-turner, even more than the first. It saddened me to see that only this trilogy was made by the two. If the potential of Feist-Wurts could be explored further, I believed that they could match the partnership of Weis-Hickman.

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
Jelis
Often in trilogies, there occurs what is known as the "second book" syndrome, where the universe is no longer shiny and new as it was in the first book, but not as exciting as the climatic third book, and mostly exists as a bridge between those two, providing important set-up, but not feeling as exciting. Servant of the Empire, I am glad to say, does not have this problem. Despite having crossed the first hurdles to her rule, Mara still has many threats to deal with, for while her position may h...more
Troy G
The 2nd book in the greatest trilogy ever written, this one manages to avoid some of the pitfalls of the first novel, while not compromising the strengths. I was afraid that after securing her place a little in the world, the stakes and urgency of this book would be less compelling. In some ways they are, but at the same time I enjoyed the new stakes even more. If you actually have something there is more reason to worry about losing it.

One of the best set pieces of the series takes place in thi...more
Mieneke
Servant of the Empire is book two in the fabulous Empire series. In it we get back to Mara's story, but this time there is an important new player in the form of a Midkemian slave called Kevin. This book made me realise how strange a reread experience of a beloved book can be, as I found myself avoiding the book as I got nearer to a major confrontation at about a quarter of the book into the story, because I remembered something awful happening to a character I really love, but not remembering w...more
Jackie
Following on from Daughter of the Empire, this book expands on Mara's task of consolidating the position of House Acoma.
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
Kate
The intertwining of events from Magician into this book is what makes it so brilliant. Mara's acquisition of Midkemian slaves, including one Kevin changes her life and her way of thinking. Kevin's view of what to him is inexplicable and sometimes downright bizarre Tsurani culture allows Mara to break out of the strictures imposed by her upbringing and gives her a definite advantage in the Great Game.

The politics of this book are fantastically intricate and simultaneously awfully bloody. The afte...more
Pauline
This fell into the second book slump as I like to call it. Good, but Mara is basically untouchable (I get the feeling that she is venturing ever further into Mary-sue territory). However is it executed quite nicely. There aren't as many crafty political maneuvers in comparison to the first book but it is still an entertaining read.

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
Jeffrey Grant
This was another riveting story, though it different from the first book in several notable areas. Unfortunately I personally found the deviations jarring and it slightly detracted from my enjoyment, but they also were more reminiscent of the form of the original riftwar books, so they are understandable. It perhaps reveals a heavier involvement by Feist than with the first volume.

The focus still remains with Mara as she deals with the fallout, good and bad, from the previous book. It also intr...more
Judith
Wat een karakters, wat een plot! Op meerdere momenten in dit boek heb ik tranen over mijn wangen voelen glijden. Tranen van vreugde en verdriet. De plot is zo enorm meeslepend en absoluut uniek. De wereld is zo geloofwaardig en de verhaallijnen enorm goed uitgewerkt. Ik ben nog helemaal in extase. In dit boek speelt Kevin, een slaaf uit Midkemia een belangrijke rol en door zijn aanwezigheid worden de verschillen tussen de Tsurani en de Midkemiërs duidelijk gemaakt zonder dat het droog vertelt wo...more
Carson Kicklighter
I couldn’t finish this sequel because I found it slow, predictable, and boring.

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
Tina
SYNOPSIS: In "Daughter of the Empire" the first book of the series, Mara of the Acoma defeated her most immediate and dangerous enemy and saved her family name from obliteration. However, the defeat of Jingu of the Minwanabi doesn't end Mara's problems. Jingu's son Desio and his nephew Tasaio have merely taken up the family cause. And Tasaio was the cunning architect of the plans that killed Mara's father and brother. A long range thinker and a proponent of the idea of a well laid plan, Tasaio i...more
Michael Y. Patuwo
The second book of the Empire trilogy failed to hold a candle to the first one. While most of the characters remain interesting and the writing style has not changed, the plot has gone from mildly ponderous to thin, irrelevant, and suffering from way too much padding. It makes reading the second book right after the first one a disappointment, which is the reason why I've only given Servant of the Empire a rating of two stars.

The largest gripe I have with this book is the introduction of Kevin....more
Nina Schmitt

"A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society."--Publishers Weekly.

"Uncommonly satisfying."--Locus

From 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
Debbie
Having had a bit of a shaky start with the first book in this trilogy, then ending up really enjoying it, I was looking forward to making my way through this. I have to say that I enjoyed this so much more than the first (whether it was just a bit easier to enjoy now I knew the style and characters, I don't know).

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
Pat
There were a few parts of this I found a little irritating but they are overshadowed by much that I enjoyed. I was actually in two minds as to whether to give this 4 or 5 stars.
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
Giacomo
Another good book in the series

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
Victoria
Jul 26, 2010 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: A Neighbor
Though a rather lengthy novel, I greatly enjoyed it! An epic sequel, truly wonderful, with rich details and a terrifically exciting plot, I am thrilled to read the third part of this trilogy. This volume focused more on Mara's personal relationships, both between Hokanu, a key figure in The Riftwar Saga, a Midkemian slave, Kevin of Zun. I hope that they both will play key roles in Mistress of the Empire! Mostly, though, I am curious over who will play the villain in the third volume, because thi...more
Glitterfairy
Jan 04, 2009 Glitterfairy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Tamora Pierce and Jacqueline Carey
Shelves: fantasy
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Four and a half stars, really.

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
Rozark69
One of three books forming one of the best trilogies I have ever read.
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
Carla  Wynker
In Servant of the Empire, Mara is far from the inexperienced teenager we met previously. She’s now a young woman sure in her power, wealthy and respected by her peers despite her gender.

Yet, the shadow of the Minwanabi still looms over her. Jingu, its previous head has long been buried, but the feud isn’t over yet: his son Desio is still breathing. He’s joined in his quest for revenge by his brilliant cousin Taisaio, the very one who orchestrated the death of Mara’s family in the first place. M...more
wgabi
i love it... people who give up after reading the first few chapters, are missing a really good book, especially the end. the first two book from midkemia was good, but nothing really special, the second two was a bit boring :-( but the empire trilogy is fantastic, here we have a real protagonist, and she is loveable. while some part is a bit "predictable" as some people accused the books, mostly it's not, these book are certainly my favorites.
Ilene
Second book in the series and the story is as complex as the first book. I didn't like this book as much as the first but it was still interesting enough to compel me to read the final book of the series, "Mistress of the Empire." Mara is a strong female character although I found her relationship with her slave, Kevin, to be a bit tedious.
Vinay Badri
Mara of Acoma, having vanquished a blood enemy previously, finds the son of the enemy a much more bitter enemy who wont rest until the House of Acoma is vanquished. With considerable upheaval in the High council, Mara has to play the game not just to ensure the existence of her house but of the empire also. Amidst all this, Mara falls in love passionately with a slave while at the same time harboring feelings for another Lord. How Mara manages all this is brilliantly captured in this book.

As wit...more
Marielle
Oct 16, 2012 Marielle is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with the big problem I had with Mara in the first book, namely the slavery. In the first book I had a hard time liking Mara because she doesn't view slaves as people. It's hard to like a character that thinks nothing of slave children being killed (except possibly in monetary terms).
Adinda
Hm. Na het meer belovende eerste deel, valt het vervolg nogal tegen. Het lijkt alsof de auteur iets te sterk de vrije hand heeft gekregen; ik mis de coördinerende pen van de redacteur.

In een copieuze 704 pagina's komt Mara's weg naar de top tot een bevredigend einde, dat de vraag oproept waar het in het volgende deel (het dikste van de hele trilogie) in hemelsnaam over moet gaan. Intussen wemelt het van de onnodige, soms zelfs saaie perspectiefwisselingen, clichés in Mara's liefdesleven met de s...more
Felix
One of my favorite series ever... I've been a big fan of Raymond Feist since getting to know Pug in the Magician series. Even now, I still read Feist books and am up to date with Pug's adventures. But my favorite character of all (aside from Pug) in Feist's universe is Mara of the Acoma.

I'm drawn to strong, decisive women such as Ripley in Alien, Kathryn Janeway in the Star Trek Voyager, Daenerys Stormborn in Game of Thrones and Mara of the Acoma. It's fascinating to read about the challenges fa...more
Marilag
I think the Great Game was perhaps the most fascinating and most refreshing change away from the usual westernized fantasy I've read. Granted, it had its kinks and obviously it had its foundations steeped in violent and unrelenting traditions. But it was different, and it was, dare I say, fresh?

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
Patrickderaaff
Meeslepend vervolg op Dochter van het Keizerrijk.

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
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