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Daughter of the Empire

Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
Series: The Empire Trilogy, Book 1, Riftwar Cycle, Book 5
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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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  • MB
  • 27-12-2018

Great Political Thriller

Raymond must contributed a great deal to the plot, creation of the characters and political intrigue, while Janny Wurts must have contributed to the actual writing and feminine story lines. They must have had a lot of fun working together on this intricate political story.

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great story. average narration

narrator was too fast, Had to set to 95% to make it sound natural/right.
also a minor annoyance was her narration seemed to be clipped every sentence (or two). like she recoded each sentence individually and they were put together. again the 95% speed helped with this.
otherwise her voicevand reading narration/different characterization was good.

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Good Performance

There is some wrong pronunciation for certain words but otherwise a very good performance of the book.

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great to reread

great book, great series, good choice of reader. easy to listen to and follow, good to listen to at work.

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A CLASSIC NEVER DISAPPOINTS

loved it.
An empowering novel for all young women. Loved the military strategy. Highly recommended

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Loved this book and the rest of the series

Loved this book and the rest of the series.

slow to start but couldn't stop listening by the end.

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The new lady of the riftwar.

Within a strong female lead, Daughter Of The Empire offers fans of Feist's riftwar saga a new tale to enjoy. A tale of family, honor and revenge. Daughter Of The Empire was an easy listen that can be enjoyed both as it's own standalone franchise and a new addition to the great riftwar cycle.

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Brilliant

Absolutely loved it.
All the twists and turns keep you glued to it, I've barely been able to put it down
can't wait to start next book in series 😀

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a great book well read

I have loved these books for years and sometimes that makes an audible version a hard sell but this one is good, the narrator is excellent.

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Enthralling

I thought the first 3 Riftwar books were exciting, but this one was even more so for me. I loved the narration too. Addictive and enthralling... I’ll need to catch up on sleep and a few other things before starting the next one.

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  • jo
  • 04-12-2016

wow

loved the collaborative effort, thanks awfully for this.
looking forward to the next book.

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  • Rell
  • 30-07-2016

Great listen

Great production with lovely narration that brings back many memories of first reading this book as a teenager, bringing that majestic novel to life

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  • lum
  • 25-04-2014

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.

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  • Kristian Mosti
  • 06-04-2019

A thrilling tale

The narrator performed excellently, with a rhythm and cadence that was most satisfying.

The plot and writing were also great, and I cannot wait to start on the next volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2018

Raymond E Feist, always a brilliant story.

Raymond E Feist, always a brilliant story. T his novel was no exception. The reader was also quite clear and easily listened to.

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  • Helena
  • 22-01-2018

Intrigue

from start to finish. fast paced and full of intrigue and mastery as the world of of the "game of the council" is given a masterful insight with a great range of villains and heroes.

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  • Heather Finlay
  • 02-03-2016

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

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  • Fab
  • 01-10-2016

Must LISTEN!

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.

God bless

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  • Miss Kara J Spencer
  • 11-11-2017

Astounding and way above my expectations.

I enjoyed this even more than the Riftwar trilogy and I honestly didn't think it would surpass that at all. The audio sample does not do this book justice at all. I wasn't going to purchase it and I was also unsure of the reader at first but she was outstanding and im so glad I purchased it despite being unconvinced by the audio sample. Seriously good read.

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  • Gordon
  • 09-02-2015

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.

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  • Louis
  • 18-06-2014

Keep Peter Joyce please

What does Tania Rodrigues bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-2018

Could have been so much better.

The story itself will take a hold on you like the others before, but the awful narration is this book's biggest issue. The narrator's terrible attempts at different voices is laughable especially her trying to achieve a male voice. It makes the book difficult to follow in sections where a number of characters are speaking in quick succession unless you are paying close attention, and let's face it half of the reason for having an audio book in the first place is so that we can listen whilst focusing on other things. I really wish they hadn't swapped from Peter Joyce as he made the stories come to life with his excellent voices, accents and charisma. I won't be continuing this section of the cycle until there is a different narrator and will skip through the next 2 books as I ended up listening to it as a chore that was there to be finished rather than for any form of listening pleasure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2017

Brilliant

Likes - intrigue plots steeped in cultures that could easily be associated with our own civilisations centuries ago.

Dislikes - none. Seriously.

Reading. Excellent. Tania is a preferred narrator for me only bettered in polgara the sorceress

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  • THEO
  • 26-05-2017

Great book

Great book read beautifully wonderful characters breath taking fantasy love the strong female character looking forward to the next book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2017

A really clever and imaginative book

the book takes the brilliant story of 'the magician' and weaves this book into it very cleverly.

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  • mr k khan
  • 28-02-2017

Lush, vibrant, colourful and a great story to boot

A very well written story of power, intrigue and ruthless blood sport. strong character depth and description. Feist and Wurtz bring the world to you in great detail. Servant and Mistress are a must listen after this!!

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  • Jacqueline
  • 03-09-2016

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.

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