Book three in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Welcome to the final play of the game. Now revered as the Servant of the Empire, Mara of the Acoma is in more danger than ever before. Not only does she face threats from the brotherhood of assassins and the cunning spies of rival ruling houses, but she has attracted the attention of the awesome Assembly of Magicians, who see her as a threat to their power.
But Mara has not reached her position through luck or accident of fate. Surrounded on all sides by enemies determined to bring her down, Mara must draw on her deepest resources to secure her place as Mistress of the Empire once and for all.
Mistress of the Empire is the stunning final book in Feist and Wurts' epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time.
©2014 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"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)
This is probably the best book in the trilogy. Up until now we have got to know Mara & the people around her so understanding her at this level for the storyline in this book is really important. This is her toughest challenge. In fact the whole book she is faced with trials & danger yet still it was not obvious as to what would occur.
The last 1.5 hours of this book had me in a constant state of emotions with happy & sad tears so I would suggest you listen to this final portion rugged up at home rather than to & from work as I did.
Tania is a superb narrator & brought the characters to life so well. I so pleased that she was a constant throughout all 3 books.
Loved this series, it's one of the best I've ever read.
"Regarded as a brilliant standalone!"
I am not ashamed to say, I did not read the prequels to this Book 3 of the Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire and Servant of the Empire. However, perhaps it's because I did not, that I found the Mistress of the Empire and the characters to be so unexpectedly fascinating and witty. Perhaps if I had read the other Books, I may not have been so frequently lost with the numerous names/characters, understood a little more of warring factions/houses and the true extent of the political and emotional turmoil experienced by the characters; I might have also appreciated the fantasy world so vividly described. Notwithstanding, because the authors possess such astounding skill and intellect, reflecting ever so often to events or issues that arose in the previous Books, I was able to absorb and thoroughly enjoy this Book 3, appreciating the different dynamics to the gripping tale; that of politics, altruism, economics (trade, commerce, slavery), war (fighting/action), culture ( rich, ingrained, different and competitive), romance, loss, loyalty, epic fantasy (featuring magic and mystical creatures), etc - this Book/Trilogy is so "all-encompassing", there's something to keep everyone engaged!!. I do not think reading the end of the Trilogy first will put me off reading the other Books, if anything, I'm now feeling compelled to start it from the beginning and will be excited to read the last Book again!!
Excellent story that I've read a few times now. Narration is generally good but accents are distracting, especially the Thuril / Cornish!
"Well Loved Story, Well Told"
I find this an odd question. My own reading of this series was obviously different to Ms Rodrigues', that doesn't necessarily make it either better or worse. I enjoyed Ms Rodrigues' narration of this series, although there were some odd pronunciations, and mispronunciations of certain words and names.
Impossible to say, since the whole series is memorable.
I was very pleased with Ms Rodrigues' performance of this series, as it is one of my favorites. Its always a little nerve wracking starting a new audio book, when it is a well loved story. You can only hope that the tale isn't ruined by poor narration. In this case, well done.
There isn't one in particular, but the death of Keyoke at the hands of the magician, Tapek. Also Mara suing for divorce from Hokanu. There many others, but those two stick in my mind.
This is a series of books, which I read decades ago, and I have read them many times since that first reading. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found them as audio books. My one worry was that the narrator would spoil them, as has unfortunately happened with a few other well loved series. I'm happy to say that Tania Rodrigues did a good job of telling this epic story, so a big Thank you to her for that :-))
"Very detailed and political"
Better than the previous book in the series but still very detailed and a lot of political rambling!
Excellent story with lots of twist's. Janny adds a new dimension to a brilliant series.
"best of aw"
of the three bools all of which were superb this was by far the best and in fact the greatest book i have heard to date
"my favourite series."
could not stop. so enthralling and unique. loved it. a good portion of my all time favourite characters are in it. and the nestalgic connection to the other side of the rift made me smile at wvery miniscule mention. true piece of art that everyone should read.
really enjoyed can't wait to get the next book. . ...
"the best book from the series by far 👍👍👍"
the best book I've ever read. The last 10 chapters I had to listen to it without interuption. i cant explain it, just read it and you will understand.
What a world to be thrown into, reminds me very much of samurai and there culture
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