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Summary

Book two in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

Nobody knows how to play the Game of the Council better than Mara of the Acoma. Through bloody political manoeuvring she has become a powerful force within the Empire; but surrounded by deadly rivals, Mara has to be the best simply to stay alive. But 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 affection for a barbarian slave from the enemy world of Midkemia leads her to question the principles by which she lives.

Servant of the Empire is the second in Feist and Wurts' wonderful epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy concludes with the third book, Mistress of the Empire.

©1990 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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Enjoyed and found it hard to stop listening!

I enjoyed this book even more than "Daughter of the Empire". It's a really gripping story with great charterers. Brilliant to have a female led.
The story is quite raunchy in places.
I do find it irritating that some of Tania Rodrigue's pronunciation of characters names and locations is inconsistent with Peter Joyce's.

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Political fantasy at its best. Highly recommended

Gradually gets better as you go forth. Great look at breaking traditions and slavery and comparing cultures

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great trilogy well performed

This is the last book in the trilogy and it has been a wonderful journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed these books and would advise anybody thinking of buying to give them a go they are well worth the effort.

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A Well-Written and Satisfying Story

I love the Riftwar Cycle series and always found the Kelewan world interesting since it was first featured in Magician. I enjoyed this story more than the first book in The Empire Trilogy and found myself (like I did when reading the original Riftwar trilogy) longing for the next time I could listen.

I was intrigued and intently listening to all parts which linked back to Magician and Darkness of Sethanon (Shinzawai, Malamba’s fury at the games, defeat of the enemy) and how these events alongside Kevin’s influence helped reshape the empire of Tsuranuanni. It covered a very long timeline spanning all 3 books in the original trilogy and beyond.

Mara’s story is well-written and this book also made a good job of presenting other fascinating characters. Kevin provided a good link back to Midkemia and their love story, although a bit unbelievable at times considering the Tsurani culture, was heart-warming and sad when he departed.

I was bereft when I finished the original Riftwar Saga and apprehensive about reading the Empire Trilogy because I wasn’t sure I could immerse myself into the world in the same way. However, I have done so and I look forward to reading the final instalment. I’m somewhat intrigued where the story can go now with the Minwanabi defeated. Maybe Jiro of the Anasati still plans something. Let’s see.

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Totally astounding, even supersedes first book!

After listening to Daughter of the Empire, I didn't think it could get much better, but my goodness, this book delivered in spades! Incredible writing, incredible performance. I remember looking at the price and thinking it steep, but it was worth every penny and more.

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Enjoyable

Well voiced and an enjoyable listen. A great piece of the riftwar saga, poor Kevin!

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Great follow up to Daughter. full of depth and

colour. thoroughly enjoyed this 👍👍👍. would recommend to any lover of fantasy and Warcraft. enjoy

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Stunning

Loved everything. Story is gripping and decades later still relevant. Can't imagine anybody reading better, no performing better. Result is stunning.

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I listened every spare minute

loved the rift war books and the fact that I am so empathetic to the surani now with this trilogy - amazing story craft Ray and Janny!!!!!! Great to have a female fantasy hero for a change.

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Heavy going political story

I started this series with Magician which I enjoyed. However, this Empire series is more about politics in a weird society than the fantasy that first drew me in. I found it heavy going and difficult to keep track of all the clans and characters. Not my favourite audio book.

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  • Lynette
  • 27-12-17

Many twists. Great story well narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story line with intrigue, murder ,love and redemption

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin - I'm also a red head

Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues – was your favorite?

She does a great job of Mara

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make me teary eyed in places

Any additional comments?

Great listen even if you are not a fantasy science fiction fan

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  • jo
  • 08-12-16

can't wait!

I got so caught in the tale I cried and hoped and felt joyful then grieved as Mara dealt with each twist and turn, it's so well written, I love that the characters are full with faults which just make the experience better.