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Dochter van het keizerrijk

(The Empire Trilogy #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  33,311 ratings  ·  869 reviews
Terwijl de oorlog op Midkemia steeds slechter verloopt, moet zij de familie-eer hoog houden in het Grote Spel van de Raad, de ingewikkelde politiek tussen de heersende families in het Keizerrijk.

Daarbij komt ze niet alleen in conflict met de Hoofden van de machtige families, allen mannen, maar ook met de gevreesde Zwarte Mantels, de magiërs die achter de schermen het leven
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Mynx (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 o…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)
Жанна Пояркова No, there is no romance. There is a marriage but it's for politic purposes only and no joy in it.…moreNo, there is no romance. There is a marriage but it's for politic purposes only and no joy in it.(less)
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This is a strong contender as my favorite book of all-time. It has all the elements that make a book great: strong characters, excellent world-building, masterful writing, and a page-turning story. If any of you aren’t familiar with Feist’s Riftwar saga, the arc of the series involves one world (Midkemia) being invaded by another world (Kelewan) from across a magical rift. The invading soldiers are known as the Tsurani, and Feist talks a lot a
Mayim de Vries
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“How shall we answer this murder visited upon our house?”

I like books about strong, independent women who, despite the adversities of fate, can manage well and do not worry about the growing difficulties and stakes. This is what you can expect from “Daughter of the Empire.”

When Lord Acoma and his son are killed in the war manoeuvred into a suicidal charge by family’s grand enemy, Lord Minwanabi, seventeen-year-old Mara becomes the heiress. The girl is snatched back into the world mere moments fr
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!
Jul 25, 2013 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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
Having re-read the first four books in the Riftwar series, I'm FINALLY going to continue on with the full series in the order recommended.

I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about the collaboration because I was already a fan of Feist and simply wanted all the cool craziness and awesome ideas breaching time and space and two universes in his epic fantasy setup. :)

Moving on... this isn't that. It IS set on the world where Pug learned his mastery of magic, but beyond that and the focus on Korean-ish
Gail Carriger
Daughter of the Empire (and 2 following books) by Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts
This marvelous epic fantasy trilogy is full of political intrigue and subversive machinations set in an alternate medieval Japan where magic is real and the aliens landed a long time ago.

Feist & Wurts gave me one of my favorite characters of all time, Mara, who conquers an empire with the power of innovation, social acumen, and a trickster's luck.

This trilogy is a frequent reread for me. I love it so much.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2014, library, fantasy
Did you read the Riftwar Saga and love it?

Want to read something just as good, if not better?

Want to learn about life on the other side of the Rift?

You need to check this out!

It is a fantastic tale of honor, politics, and strategy. While some fantasy books have lots of physical battle, this story is mainly plotting, deception, and courtly games. Reading this is more like watching a puzzle being solved and wondering how things will finally come together in the end.

It is simply just a great and
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What a wonderful book. Daughter of the Empire is set in a world inspired by Asia. There's not a lot of magic, instead it's all about intrigue and politics. In addition, expect a kick-ass female character.

Mara is simply one of the best female fantasy characters I've ever encountered. She is cunning and intelligent. This entire book is one big chess game filled with politics and betrayal, and Mara does not use strength and violence to win this game but her wit. It's a joy to watch her decimate he
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
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 'Game of Council' from a
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Filled with scheming and intrigue, Daughter of the Empire starts this Riftwar spinoff series strong. The story follows Mara, a young woman forced unexpectedly into leading her House through a dangerous game of politics as enemies circle, waiting to destroy her and her people.

There’s a lot of things to like in this book. First, the setting is fantastic. Set in the Tsurani culture, it’s very different to your average fantasy world. The culture has a lot of Asian elements and revolves aroun
Aug 25, 2011 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 mask
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of the Empire is the first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. It takes place at the same time as Magician from the Riftwar Saga, but it’s set on a different world and focuses on different characters. There are a few references to the first subseries, but it would be easy to jump in here without any familiarity with the other books.

The story focuses primarily on Mara, a seventeen-year-old girl whose father and brother, not to mention a large portion of their
Stevie Kincade
I am a huge fan of Raymond Feist's Magician because it is one of those rare stories that doesn't have a beginning, middle and end. It doesn't follow the typical conflict/resolution setup and like the best stories it continues way past resolving of "the big conflict" and doesn't end neatly or suddenly like so many stories do. I was disappointed that after writing that masterpiece Feist apparently took a course on "how to write a book" and all of his stories followed the template of "The hero must ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fbr, read-in-2019
Rating: 3.5 stars

As the only daughter of Lord of the Acoma, Mara was expected to marry and bear children to continue the Acoma line and bring honor to her house. Instead, Mara has chosen a life of chastity and service of Lashmina, the Lady, Goddess of Inner Light. In the temple of Lashima seventeen-year-old Mara is about to take her oaths and join the Order of Lashima. Before the last gongs can sound there is a commotion in the temple as a warrior breaks through with news. Mara's father and brot
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm a bit torn on what to rate this - 3.5? 4?. I think the book/series has potential, but there were a few things that bugged me...

1. Mara starts off the book as this innocent, naive, anxious teenage girl, then a few days later she's turned into this conniving, cunning, political player who is besting everyone - including men who have been playing at dangerous politics for their entire lives.

2. Mara never tells anyone her plans - even when it would be helpful to her protectors and friends

3. Too
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
Politics, intrigue, lust, assassination, bluffs, and bravery: the Game of the Council, so portrayed as overcomplicated dangerous frippery in the previous Midkemia novels.

Well, no one's laughing now.

No one thought the young nun foisted to head her great house would live out the year.

Well, no one's laughing now.

Having read 42% of the book I thought I would enjoy all of it.

Well, I stopped laughing.
I stopped smiling.
I stopped reading.

For over 20% of the book Buntopkapi raped, beat, and humiliate
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
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
Laura Hughes
Dec 27, 2013 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
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the empire trilogy, the second series in the larger world that Feist writes in. This book takes place around the third year of the Rift War ( at least I think so). The books starts off slow giving a lot of background of this new main character Mara. I enjoyed this part because it set the stage for things to come and I enjoy this type of detail in stories. Mara is a very strong female lead which doesn’t happen too often in fantasy books. She quickly shows her determinati ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent, exactly the type of fantasy I dig. Sure, battles are fine, but the polite smiles and sharp wits of politics that feature in this novel really make me invest. And this one has the addition of a truly strong female character. Mara of the Acoma is thrust into the position of Lady of her House by the deaths of her father and brother. She is unused to the Great Game of the Council, and has few allies outside her own house. Through her knowledge, sharpness of mind and staggering br ...more
Timelord Iain
Favorite Riftwar book to date... wish more of Janny Wurts books were on audio, because I'm loving her influences on this collaboration. Reminds me a bit of Shalador's Lady & the Shadow Queen, from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series (with higher stakes)... might not be able to wait until the next Buddy Read to continue... ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, good
3 🌟
i read this because I wanted to be a good girlfriend.
When your significant other gives you a book I feel in a way it is your duty to read it.
so i did

okay let’s discuss. this book was very very much old fantasy. the writing style was very traditional fantasy and i am not saying that was as a bad thing i am just saying that that did make it difficult to go through. The main character was a badass female who took charge and matured as the book went along which i really enjoyed. However i did
Apr 27, 2012 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
Brian Goodman
Dec 27, 2009 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
Literary Han
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult, magic, epic
The political prowess of Mara was extremely admirable and I was left stunned by her manoeuvres. Just when you think she surely can’t escape her demise she shocks you with her planning and ambition.

I was not massively looking forward to this trilogy in Kelewan as I prefer Midkemia but I was pleasantly surprised with this first book of a trilogy. There was little war and I liked that. This book, instead, focused on the Game Of The Council instead of magic and battles.

This has a closer rating to 4
RE-READ: this trilogy is now available on audio but I had read it so long ago I decided to give it a whirl as an audiobook. My original review (below) and rating still stand up as my feelings are still the same. This is great book, and just like when I originally read it, one of the things I appreciate the most about it is that an old skool epic fantasy doesn't have to take place in a setting that is a Medieval Western Europe analogue.

One thing that did change for me a bit is that, while yes, I
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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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