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Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy #1)

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Set in the mysterious world of the Kelewan, Mara, Ruling Lady of the Acoma, is forced to protect her honour and her people in the ruthless Game of the Council.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Voyager (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)
Жанна Пояркова No, there is no romance. There is a marriage but it's for politic purposes only and no joy in it.
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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!
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, library, series
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
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
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 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 masked
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
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
Sotiris Karaiskos
Στα πλαίσια της φιλοδοξίας μου να διαβάσω όλα τα βιβλία του κύκλου του Riftwar έφτασα σε αυτήν εδώ την τριλογία και σε αυτό το πρώτο βιβλίο που μπορώ να πω ότι με κάνει πιο αποφασισμένο να πετύχω αυτό τον στόχο. Βέβαια στην περίπτωση αυτής της τριλογίας ο αγαπητός Raymond E. Feist δέχτηκε στη συγγραφή τη βοήθειά της Janny Wurts οπότε δεν ξέρω αν αυτός ο ενθουσιασμός μου οφείλεται και σε αυτή την βοήθεια και όχι απλά στην εξέλιξη του συγγραφέα από την πρώτη σειρά αυτού του κύκλου. Όπως και να έχε ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma mulher num lugar de governação?

Um lugar destinado unicamente a homens?

A saga decorre em tempos remotos e acresce ao desafio, o facto de se tratar de uma jovem, inexperiente, a quem nunca esteve destinado este papel, como tal absolutamente leiga nestas lides... ora, o livro estava imbuído dos ingredientes certos para me deixar suficientemente curiosa para o espreitar e quiçá, deleitar.

Os acontecimentos sucedem-se, surpreendem-nos, dão voltas e reviravoltas e assim vamos assimilando com
Mar 26, 2011 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
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
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Era uma vez uma rapariga que estava prestes a entregar a sua alma ao Templo de Lashima e devotar a sua vida aos Deuses.

Uma rapariga que, de um momento para o outro, perde a sua família e tem que vestir o manto da liderança da Casa dos Acoma. Rapidamente se transforma numa mulher destemida num reino onde só os homens ascendiam a postos elevados.

Transforma-se em alguém que enfrenta corajosamente uma ameaça no seu lar que põe em risco a sua liderança dos Acoma.

Alguém que descobre o que é o amor ao
Nov 09, 2012 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
Molly Ison
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Apr 06, 2009 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 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
Feb 28, 2013 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
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 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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
Jul 12, 2010 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
Dec 26, 2015 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 ♩♪
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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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