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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 book.

Excellent immersion again through the brilliant narrator, hopefully the third installment will be just as good. Looking forward to it.

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totally worth listening and reading

loved it the whole trilogy is great as is all the other books by Mr Fiest

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Excellent

A brilliant series of books and particularly well read. Can't wait to hear the next one.

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The five star story with excellent narration. It is recommended that you read all previous books in the series.

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Compelling addictive read full of intrigue, action

Loved every page of it. can't wait to read the next book. Full of intrigue, plotting, action and intregue.

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Great book

A great book from 2 great authors and a fantastic story which was well performed

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Really clever stuff. Epic fantasy that does not rely on huge battles or armies. Full of intrigue

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great listen

+ layers of the story build and play out fantastically. - narration tone changes throughout the story.

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  • Milica
  • 09-08-20

Second part of an epic trilogy

Servant of the empire is the second book in the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Feist, two epic writers in my view. Mara continues to grow the Acoma name, and her list of enemies while she is at it. Although fighting tradition, she still struggles to overcome most of the beliefs she was brought up with. She falls in love in this book with Kevin, who teaches her a lot about doing things outside of the norm. She survives many assassination attempts but unfortunately loses loved ones along the way. Despite this, she makes many allies along the way. Each moment is a piece of the puzzle that builds up the epic plot. Full of action, romance, and adventure, the servant of the empire was entertaining and clever. Although not as brilliant as the first one, the second part is still good and worth the listen. I enjoyed the romantic moments in between the political games being played and loved how Mara’s character grew in this story. The narrator was once again brilliant. Im so glad for the continuity from the first book. I highly recommend this epic story, and trilogy.

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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.