Book one in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan.… Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother's deaths in battle.
Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family's loss, and the Acoma's enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction.
Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence, and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive.
Daughter of the Empire is the magnificent first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
©1987 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
"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)
Although it took me time to adjust to the narrator and a story that doesn't include Pug or Tomas, this book was absolutely incredible and my favourite so far in the Fiest universe.
The narrator does great justice to being able to envision Mara and her personality.
I look forward to reading these books to my son.
This story is amazing. Very clever. Love the character, she uses nothing but her brain and balls to make things happen. It differs to other books I've read that involve male characters hacking their way to victory, or zapping opponents into ash. Does that sound boring? Well, it's not.
Both Jane Austin and Wonder Woman would have be proud of Mara of the Acoma. Raymond and Janny spin a marvellous tale heartache to triumph of an indomitable spirit.
This is my first time reading a Feist book & boy it was a fantastic ride. The book has an eastern/oriental feel & deals in matters of honour & expectations. That being said its not boring at all.
I loved they way Feist/Wurts revealed layers & layers of the characters & you got to know them over the course of the book. It was not a predictable story line & I enjoyed every pRt of the twisting & turning tale.
The main character Mara is very likeable but not in an obvious way. The storyline & narrating was so good I could almost see it playing out I my head like a movie. Tania (the narrator) was able to make subtle changes in her voice to reflect different characters without it sounding silly. I was definitely kept completely engaged in her storytelling.
I cannot wait to start the 2nd book in this series & have already marked Feist's Magician books to read after this series.
"Those who loved Daenerys Targaryen will love Mara"
I read the book when I was a teenager when it was published way before the game of thrones. Not your usual sword and sorcery it is full of political intrigue, dynastic clashes and murder set in a world of magic and exoticness. If you like strong yet vulnerable women pick this book.
Great production with lovely narration that brings back many memories of first reading this book as a teenager, bringing that majestic novel to life
"Good listening to"
Could not put it down. Really enjoyed the book when I read it and then when I listened to it. The narrator was good to
"A great co-operation between authors."
I have to admit I liked this series of books a little more than the "Rift War Saga" though there was some cross over with that series happening. Feist & Wurts worked well together and the series seemed to me, not have the rough edges that Magician, Silverthorne & A darkness at Sethanon had. The characters are predominantly human with nary an Elf or for that matter (thank god) a thief to be seen, which made the series more, well, believable. (I know, a strange word to use in relation to works of fantasy...but) Personally I think Tania Rodrigues did a fantastic job in narrating all three books in the series. After all the central character in the series is a woman and to have a male reading the part would have just been ....odd. A great series and a good listen.
"Keep Peter Joyce please"
Not a lot TBH, I would like to see how Peter Joyce reads this book as he has done a great job on the Rift War Saga and Krondors Sons, they're in the same story so I think he should have continued. I do however understand with the lead being female the use of having a female narrator but Tania just didn't cut it for me.
I read this trilogy years ago and it was just as good listening to it the second time around.
"Plot within plot."
Yes. It is one of my favorite fantasy books.
The reader sounded like she had never seen the book before, and wasn't interested in it
It took 2 work days (I drive motorways all day)
Can we have the next books in the series please. But with a different reader if possible
Immense story. Top notch narration. If you enjoy fantasy or a good yarn, this is for you!
Once you have completed this series, try the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell.
Feist and Wurts deliver an amazing fiction here, worthy to rank alongside Magician and besting the likes of Tolkien and R.R.Martin.
You will treasure this audio book for years to come. It makes long drives and housework breeze by like the summer winds that caress broad leaf oaks of the seasonal forest.
"a wonderful collaboration of writers."
An old favourite revisited and it's still a fantastic walk for the imagination. Well read and enjoyable adaptation.
"Brilliant and exciting"
well read and read and a joy to listen to. I have read the book before, but it is nice to listen to this while doing housework.
Raymond E. Feist is a brilliant author, and this is nicely tied in with his Crydee books. I am now also tempted to check out some of a Janny Wurts books too.
"As good as i remember"
I read this book as a teenager and listening to it again in the voice of a woman made me bond to the story even more.
Mara as the meek daughter growing into the strong woman she is becoming.
She started a girl............. Could she become a leader?
Had me booked from start to finish!
On to the next one with hope it's as good as this was A+
The story is an epic tale which has you on tenterhooks, knowing everything is at stake. The world is very detailed and absorbing, and the characters are diverse and interesting. I love this book, I couldn't put it down, and will listen to it again and again.
I could easily tell the difference between the characters, and really felt their emotions and personalities, brought out by the narrator's performance.
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