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Summary

Book three in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Welcome to the final play of the game. Now revered as the Servant of the Empire, Mara of the Acoma is in more danger than ever before. Not only does she face threats from the brotherhood of assassins and the cunning spies of rival ruling houses, but she has attracted the attention of the awesome Assembly of Magicians, who see her as a threat to their power.

But Mara has not reached her position through luck or accident of fate. Surrounded on all sides by enemies determined to bring her down, Mara must draw on her deepest resources to secure her place as Mistress of the Empire once and for all.

Mistress of the Empire is the stunning final book in Feist and Wurts' epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time.

©1992 Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping tale" ( The Times)
"Epic scope… vivid imagination… a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)
"Well-written… intelligent… intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lulu
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-14

Regarded as a brilliant standalone!

I am not ashamed to say, I did not read the prequels to this Book 3 of the Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire and Servant of the Empire. However, perhaps it's because I did not, that I found the Mistress of the Empire and the characters to be so unexpectedly fascinating and witty. Perhaps if I had read the other Books, I may not have been so frequently lost with the numerous names/characters, understood a little more of warring factions/houses and the true extent of the political and emotional turmoil experienced by the characters; I might have also appreciated the fantasy world so vividly described. Notwithstanding, because the authors possess such astounding skill and intellect, reflecting ever so often to events or issues that arose in the previous Books, I was able to absorb and thoroughly enjoy this Book 3, appreciating the different dynamics to the gripping tale; that of politics, altruism, economics (trade, commerce, slavery), war (fighting/action), culture ( rich, ingrained, different and competitive), romance, loss, loyalty, epic fantasy (featuring magic and mystical creatures), etc - this Book/Trilogy is so "all-encompassing", there's something to keep everyone engaged!!. I do not think reading the end of the Trilogy first will put me off reading the other Books, if anything, I'm now feeling compelled to start it from the beginning and will be excited to read the last Book again!!

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Tanis Rodriguez is fantastic

She really brings this series to life. It's odd, the sample just doesn't do it justice. Fantastic story and I heartily recommend!

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sublime

I've read every book written about the twin worlds of midkemia and kelewan, and loved them all. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narration of these books, reliving the stories, the twists and turns of the plot. Ms Rodriguez had done a fantastic job of setting the tone and telling the stories of some of my most favourite characters in the whole series. thank you so much.

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Satisfying End

This was a long one and at times I found myself drifting away but it was a satisfying end to the trilogy. I found Mara’s exploits a bit far-fetched even for her own untouchable exalted station but it was gripping to the end and ambitious story telling.

The narrator grew on me over the three books and I came to love her tone and character voices even more on this edition.

This was a strong final book to this collection of books in the overall Riftwar Saga world - not quite as enjoyable as the original trilogy but one I will miss nonetheless. I hope some of the future books I will read will return to this world even for a fleeting moment as it really has been an intriguing yarn, well told with great imagination.

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Extremely low volume. Annoying!

This is the third book all in the same series that has the insufferable low playing volume. Same goes for the other two previous books. I have to put my listening device on max volume in order to be able to listen to the book. Please audible fix this!! P

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Fabulous! unputdownable!

Constant twists and turns, clever writing. plots and intrigue. loved it, cant wait for the next!

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  • DCM
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  • 23-03-17

Great scope, brilliant story

fantastic book. well worth reading alone or along side the riftwar saga. I'd highly recommend to and epic fanstasy lover

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Brilliant narration of brillians books

Would you consider the audio edition of Mistress of the Empire to be better than the print version?

The suspense that builds up in the audio version at numerous key points feels even more intense than those same points in the print version. The depth of the characters is highlighted even more in the audio version,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mistress of the Empire?

The realisation that the Choja are truly something special!

Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Listened to all three books in this series. All are equally well narrated.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The epic story of an inspiring woman against impossible odds, striving to survive in a world with a strong and strange 1000's year history.

Any additional comments?

Mara of the Acoma is one of the best developed and most inspiring heroic female characters in fantasy literature!

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to much of a depressing storyline

so much bad stuff the good stuff wasn't enough to enjoy,very long too,probably the worst of the series

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Masterful

A brilliant ending to the trilogy. Jenny has encompassed all the previous books and the brilliant narration by Tania is so engrossing. I had time to read the previous 2 books but had omitted the final book as it wasn't completed so the opportunity to hear this in the car brought back many memories. Thanks audible