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Pair de l'Empire (The Empire Trilogy #2)

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Mara des Acoma, souveraine de sa maison, s'est imposée comme une force à part entière au sein des clans et comme une adroite joueuse au jeu du Conseil, qui régit la politique de l'Empire de Tsuranuanni.
A présent, Dame Mara doit mener la bataille sur deux fronts : le foyer d'intrigues et de trahisons qu'est la cour des Tsurani, et son propre cœur, qui brûle d'affection pour
Paperback, 602 pages
Published April 14th 2004 by Bragelonne (first published 1990)
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Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sotiris Karaiskos
Στο πρώτο βιβλίο αυτής της τριλογίας η αγαπητή μας Mara δεν τα κατάφερε και άσχημα, σε αυτό το δεύτερο, όμως, τα πράγματα γίνονται δυσκολότερα καθώς ισχυρότεροι αντίπαλοι μπαίνουν στο παιχνίδι και παίρνουν την κατάσταση στα χέρια τους εξαπολύοντας επίθεση τους. Εκτός, όμως, από τα πολιτικά παιχνίδια η ηρωίδα μας μαθαίνει και καλύτερα κάποια... άλλα παιχνίδια, τα οποία και αυτά φέρνουν τα προβλήματα τους. Παράλληλα ερχόμενη σε επαφή με την κουλτούρα απέναντι από το ρήγμα αμφισβητεί όλα αυτά που ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Very, very good.
Victor *we were on a break!*
Wow... wow.
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: riftwar, feist, wurts
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
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
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
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mara is a character whose femininity makes her stronger - who can show emotion, can fail, can admit her mistakes and come back stronger. I love this sequel !
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.
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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,
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
 Adriana ♩♪
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I work for the good of the Empire

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.

Oct 28, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Rereading with Tansy Rayner Roberts on

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 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.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Заплетени интриги и кръвни вражди, преплетени с дози хумор. Краят беше малко нагласен, но отдавна не се бях забавлявала така с някоя книга.
Jeffrey Grant
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dixie A.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series, this follows Mara's triumph over her enemies into -- surprise, even more trouble from the children of her enemies. Because, in this society, grudges last until you wipe out every last member of the family.

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
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
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
Nina Schmitt
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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

Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first one in general writing and pacing (in fairness, the pacing is _much_ improved), but it is not without its issues. One of the main ones being that it's very much about the White Man saving the non-White civilization with his newfangled ideas about freedom and such. To the point where one character actually says the white culture they've been fighting aren't the barbarians; the protagonist's culture are the real barbarians. The book is just full of an attitude I would not thi ...more
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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