Daughter of the Empire (Kelewan Empire Series #1)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Mara, a young, untested Ruling Lady of Kelewan, 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. An epic tale of adventure and intrigue 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553272116
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Series: Kelewan Empire Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 421
  • Sales rank: 129,748
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Daughter of the Empire is a must read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Great Start!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    An Addictive Start

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    One of the, if not the best trilogy of all times

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great book. The characters and the world all came to life

    Great book. The characters and the world all came to life

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    I love this series. It's great to have a strong female character

    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.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

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    I love this trilogy.

    Love the characters and the writing. I keep coming back again and again.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    If you love the riftwar books... this is a must read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    Excellent reading!

    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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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Strong Female Character!

    Love this series. Will definitely be reading again. Couldn't put the books down the first time!

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