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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

Nobody knows how to play the Game of the Council better than Mara of the Acoma. Through bloody political manoeuvring she has become a powerful force within the Empire; but surrounded by deadly rivals, Mara has to be the best simply to stay alive. But Lady Mara must contend with battles on two fronts: in the hotbed of intrigue and treachery that is the court of Tsurani; and in her heart, where her affection for a barbarian slave from the enemy world of Midkemia leads her to question the principles by which she lives.

Servant of the Empire is the second in Feist and Wurts' wonderful epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy concludes with the third book, Mistress of the Empire.

©1990 Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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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Enjoyable

Having read the novel, the story wasn't new, but there's always a different perspective in an audio book.

I don't always like the pronunciation or chosen intonation but I think Tania Rodrigues does a better job of doing male voices than most male readers have done doing female voices

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This trilogy of books was gifted to me in the early '90s and without doubt, are my favourite books of all that I've read. (Dean Koontz, Clive Cussler and Stephen Donaldson works are still much loved though)
Having read the trilogy many times during the last nearly 3 decades, last night, I decided to listen to this. The only audio book reading of it available on the net.
SO DISAPPOINTED! So annoyed that this reader has completely ruined such a great read. Her profile says she is an acter & voice artist so I thought she may do a good job.
She did not!
If - like me - you've read and know this trilogy inside and out, the ridiculous, weak, nasally, overacted british accents she's given to Mara, Keyoke, Lujan, Hokanu & Arakasi are, a travesty.
Don't even get me started on Desio and Kevins' voices... 🤦‍♀️
Wonderful books terribly narrated.

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Superb!

Second in a series, this terrific book is an intricate story of intrigue, wonderfully written and beautifully told. You won't be disappointed!

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Incredible series.

One of my all time favourite stories! A sweeping saga which captivates you until the very last page!

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oustanding!

This is one of my favourite books and the reading of it made it come to life all over again!

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Absolutely Brilliant!

This book is absolutely amazing, it's has the subtleties of politics and the action of war!
it is a very well written and suspenseful novel, it keeps you interested most of the book, there's always something happening or brewing, I found no spots where I would drift off or tube out, I was giving full attention all book long!

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the saga continues

this series js like an old forgotten friend ...
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Exelent political drama in a fantasy world.

I may have fallen in love with Marq, our heroine, but seeing her prevail and fail and make her way through tsurani politics and tradition is just sooooo amazing, especially if you have read the riftwar saga and daughter of the empire beforehand.

And this book has made me curious what kther works Janny wurst may have that could be worth reading. 🤔

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Another great book

Always on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.
Love it!

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Brilliant.

Such a beautiful and well read audio book of a Magnificent story.a very entertaining listen.. colorful, and passionate, a joy to listen to.

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  • Milica
  • 09-08-2020

Second part of an epic trilogy

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

Mara continues to grow the Acoma name, and her list of enemies while she is at it. Although fighting tradition, she still struggles to overcome most of the beliefs she was brought up with. She falls in love in this book with Kevin, who teaches her a lot about doing things outside of the norm. She survives many assassination attempts but unfortunately loses loved ones along the way. Despite this, she makes many allies along the way.

Each moment is a piece of the puzzle that builds up the epic plot. Full of action, romance, and adventure, the servant of the empire was entertaining and clever. Although not as brilliant as the first one, the second part is still good and worth the listen. I enjoyed the romantic moments in between the political games being played and loved how Mara’s character grew in this story.

The narrator was once again brilliant. Im so glad for the continuity from the first book.

I highly recommend this epic story, and trilogy.

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  • Lynette
  • 27-12-2017

Many twists. Great story well narrated

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

Great story line with intrigue, murder ,love and redemption

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin - I'm also a red head

Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues – was your favorite?

She does a great job of Mara

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make me teary eyed in places

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Great listen even if you are not a fantasy science fiction fan

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  • jo
  • 08-12-2016

can't wait!

I got so caught in the tale I cried and hoped and felt joyful then grieved as Mara dealt with each twist and turn, it's so well written, I love that the characters are full with faults which just make the experience better.

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  • 09-08-2018

Enjoyed and found it hard to stop listening!

I enjoyed this book even more than "Daughter of the Empire". It's a really gripping story with great charterers. Brilliant to have a female led.
The story is quite raunchy in places.
I do find it irritating that some of Tania Rodrigue's pronunciation of characters names and locations is inconsistent with Peter Joyce's.

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  • Roman_Ondus
  • 19-10-2018

Political fantasy at its best. Highly recommended

Gradually gets better as you go forth. Great look at breaking traditions and slavery and comparing cultures

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  • Kevandal
  • 10-04-2021

Excellent

Stunning storytelling and exceptional narration. Tania Rodriguez creates a visual accompaniment to this story and brings alive all the characters, especially giving life to Mara. Achieving a great standard on the make voices too, she does grand justice to an amazing writers work. Fantastic

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  • alison o'neill
  • 23-10-2020

Great book.

Excellent immersion again through the brilliant narrator, hopefully the third installment will be just as good. Looking forward to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-10-2020

totally worth listening and reading

loved it the whole trilogy is great as is all the other books by Mr Fiest

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  • Helen Smith
  • 21-08-2020

Excellent

A brilliant series of books and particularly well read. Can't wait to hear the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2019

Excellent

The five star story with excellent narration. It is recommended that you read all previous books in the series.

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  • Smithfishe
  • 18-10-2019

Compelling addictive read full of intrigue, action

Loved every page of it. can't wait to read the next book. Full of intrigue, plotting, action and intregue.

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  • I. Cruickshank
  • 11-04-2019

Great book

A great book from 2 great authors and a fantastic story which was well performed

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  • richard blakey
  • 04-02-2019

Awesome

Really clever stuff. Epic fantasy that does not rely on huge battles or armies. Full of intrigue

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