Daughter of the Empire (Kelewan Empire Series #1)

Daughter of the Empire (Kelewan Empire Series #1)

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by Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
     
 

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Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a

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Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.  But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy.  Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all—in his own impregnable stronghold.  An epic tale of adventure and intrigue.  Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feist, author of the Riftwar Trilogy, and Wurts, whose fantasy novels include Sorcerer's Legacy and Stormwarden, have combined their skills to produce this absorbing saga. Mara is taking her final religious vows when a messenger interrupts the ceremony to report the deaths in battle of her father and brother. Now Ruling Lady of the Acoma, the teenager must rally its depleted forces against many enemies, particularly Lord Jingu of the Minwanabi, who sent her menfolk to their demise. Hampered though she is by the rigid traditions of her Oriental society, Mara replenishes her army with the masterless grey warriors and skillfully reaches a bargain with the cho-ja, insectoid aliens. Her most dangerous gambit is a political marriage to cement an alliance. Deprived of overt status, she finds it difficult to manipulate her brutish but cunning husband. This full-bodied dynastic fantasy has the sweep and drama of a good historical novel about an exotic time and place. (June 19)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553272116
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Series:
Kelewan Empire Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
421
Sales rank:
80,836
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Daughter of the Empire (Kelewan Empire Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is not the first time I have read it and it will not be the last. I love the way it takes off from Magician: Apprentice by Feist and goes to the alternate world and makes that world more personal. The characters come to life in this book and it feels like you are right there in the story with them. I loved the way Mara's character grows and matures. There is such a richness and realizm to all of the people in this book. The plot is also excellent. Lots of twists and turns you do not anticipate and never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the next in the series "Servent of the Empire", again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I finished this book, I immediately went out and bought the other two in the trilogy. The two partnering authors did a FANTASTIC job of writing this saga. All the characters are real; you'll love the heroine and those around her, and hate their enemies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The combination of these authors is deadly. They take you into another realm and leave you in limbo between your mind and where you sit reading this enticing fantasy novel. I read this book three times and have just purchased the next two books in this trilogy. I can barely wait to see what Mara thinks up next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The quality of Feist's writing as well as the development of Mara over this series is truly one of the joy's of literature. The intrigue, suspense, and political maneuverings in this series keep you at the edge of your seat, even after reading it for the 3rd time. It is wonderful reading about how she outfoxes her opponents to carry the survival of the Acoma forward.
VincaBooks 4 months ago
Raymond E. Feist, author of The Riftwar Saga, and Janny Wurts, writer of The Wars of Light and Shadow, have joined forces to write about life on the other side of the Rift, in the land of Kelewan. Mara Acoma is about to give up her life of luxury as the only daughter of one of the most historied ruling families in the Tsuranuanni empire and become a servant in the house of the goddess Lashima, until suddenly she is ripped from her life of choice and thrust, untested and mostly uneducated, into the dangerous game of the council that has already claimed the lives of her father and brother. Only by trusting her gut and the honor of others can Mara hope to restore her family to the position of strength and grace of the Acoma once held. My brother's girlfriend who loves this series and The Riftwar Saga suggested this book to him, and he to my mother and myself. I was in the middle of reading a bunch of other things, but I picked it up anyway. It started off slowly, and it took me a day or two to adjust to the universe and the culture in which it takes place. Once I understood it, the pages flew by, and I was sucked further and further into Mara's story, and the history of the Acoma, the Tsuranaunni, and Kelewan. The world building, while culturally happening at the beginning of the book, physically and historically happens much later, rather the opposite of most fantasy that I have read. The chapters were long, but they tended to be more like books within the book. Each chapter was a section of Mara's life and culminated in the important thing that happened during it. Although there isn't as much dialogue as I expected, the detailing and descriptions were stunning. Having never read any of the authors' other works, I can't say how their voices blended together, but I didn't notice any style changes throughout the book, so I guess they blended well. Overall, the book is great. I felt satisfied with the ending, albeit a little surprised there wasn't more of a big problem for her to overcome. The 'big problem' is present and accounted for during the whole book, and Mara just chips away at it chapter by chapter, rather than the normal fantasy trope of training and training and then all of a sudden having to fight the big bad guy. There were twists I didn't expect (for once i couldn't predict what was going to happen!), and it was extremely well written. There are supposedly two more books in this series, and I will probably read them, but I don't really have any idea where it will go from here. Reading a long fantasy book like this always inspires me towards eventually reading The Lord of the Rings, and finishing the Outlander and The Wheel of Time series, and hopefully I'll get to them someday, but for today, I recommend Daughter of the Empire to any fantasy lovers out there. think about it as a warm up. Curio Street Reads Rating: 4 Stars www.CurioStreetReads.wordpress.com
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Great book. The characters and the world all came to life
tempi2007 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's great to have a strong female character that isn't a harpy or another "Lt. Ripley." Mara uses her brains, not braun, to secure the survival of her name. This series really needs to be available for the Nook! Although I have the paperbacks, I would buy them again for my Nook collection.
HurricaneShelley More than 1 year ago
Love the characters and the writing. I keep coming back again and again.
CallenTX More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure going into these books that I would like them. They are co-authored and do not feature the characters that I loved from the other books in the series. As soon as I started Daughter of the Empire, I was hooked. This book is an insider's peek into The Game Of Counsil. I was both intrigued and disgusted by some of the acts commited by the characters to secure the family's honor. I can't wait to start the second book in this series.
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This beginning book of an excellent trilogy sets up an alien culture which reflects many of the qualities of our far East, at an earlier time. Character development is great.
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Athena01 More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Will definitely be reading again. Couldn't put the books down the first time!
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