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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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Gripping

I first read the Daughter of the Empire series many years ago and am glad to say that this novel was just as gripping the second time around as the first.
Tania has delivered a beautiful and exciting narration of one of my all time favourite stories.

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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 voice and reading narration/different characterization was good.

*Addition* Think I may have downloaded this as one big file and that may have had something to do with the clipping. Either way the 95% play speed helped.

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Great

I read this series about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Doing it via audio now and it adds another layer to my imagination. Some people have reported negatively of the narrator, but I think she is doing an excellent performance. Especially with so many characters. I prefer.9x speed.

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Amazing

loved every moment the intrigue was some damn enjoyable highly recommend you wont be disappointed

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Wonderful book

The joint effort by these authors is one of the best I have read loved the story line and intriguing and wonderful reader as well

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let down by narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd only recommend this audiobook to someone who's read the books before. I loved these books as a teenager but think it's let down by the narrator.

What aspect of Tania Rodrigues’s performance might you have changed?

A really good narrator will narrate characters' conversations in a natural conversational style, in this audiobook they come across more as each character is making an announcement to an audience. There's also not much difference between character voices.

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Wow!

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.

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Highly enjoyable.

In this busy bustling lifestyle we that exist in, it was pure heaven to sit quietly and listen as a whole new world unfolded and the struggle for a young woman and her house's survival came to life. Finished this in under 2 days, only coming up for food and drink. lol

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Great book!

A great book , well read by the narrator. Highly recommend, esp if you enjoyed Magician. Lots of clever political intrigue and good characters.

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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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  • Milica
  • 09-08-2020

Epic opening to a masterful trilogy

Daughter of the empire is the first book in the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Feist, two epic writers in my view.

Mara, aged 17, must take over as ruling lady of the Acoma after her father and brother are killed in battle. In a world where honour, tradition, and playing the game of the council are ripe, she must avert assassination attempts, make political choices, and outmanoeuvre her enemies to not only avenge her family, but to ensure the survival of house Acoma.

This was a masterful story, written with each part being relevant in some way. Each chapter unravels the plot as Mara climbs the political ladder and thwarts her enemies by outwitting them. The characters are interesting, and they develop well throughout the story. I got quite attached to the main character, Mara. I was with her during her journey, experiencing everything she did, and love how she grows in the story. I particularly enjoyed how she goes against the traditional ways to make newer and better ways. In addition, I enjoyed how a woman, in the fictional world of Kelewan, can be more than the men they are meant to worship. The authors are absolute legends, and this is probably one of my favourites among their work.

The narrator did a fantastic job. Her intonation, tempo, style, and energy made the story entertaining and enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

I highly recommend this epic story and trilogy.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Antonio Goard
  • 25-02-2018

Intriguing Tale

I enjoyed the Riftwar Saga very much and was bereft once I’d finished the third book. At first, I struggled to get into it this new story partly because it was slow but mostly because I found the narrator’s voice to be a little flat and lacking enough energy and characterisation for some of the parts. However, it grew on me and after 4-5 chapters I found myself back into the that similar place of wanting to get to another point in my day when I could listen again.
Kelewan, it’s culture and politics are well imagined and this story within this world is very intriguing. You find yourself very much behind the heroine Mara and her journey towards the game but I struggled with the cliff hanging parts because I kind of knew in my mind that she would have to survive so it was more listening and waiting to find out exactly how.
So overall I thoroughly enjoyed this first book but not quite as much as The Magician.

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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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