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Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist
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Jeez...long book in my Year of Feist. And the third is even longer! (That "Year" might be a wee longer than a calendar year...)

Too often, middle books in trilogies are fillers, bridges to get the author and reader to the objective denouement of the third book. Not this one. Well, okay, part of the first third was just typing, but Feist and Wurts wove an engaging story that I'd not read before. On to the last of this segment of the Midkemia/Kellewan canon... ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I enjoyed this almost" as much as the first. However, the inclusion of Kevin really didn't work that well for me. I'm glad he was dealt with as he was at the end of the book.
Lots of politic'ing without nearly as much action as the first book. Other than that, it was cool to see how things played out after Milamber's meddling..." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I couldn’t finish this sequel because I found it slow, predictable, and boring.

One hundred pages into its predecessor, Daughter of the Empire, Mara had survived an assassination attempt, saved the life of a trusted family retainer, and pulled off a plan to recruit gray warriors to her house. By the same point in this book, however, Mara has just kind of shuffled around the house and fell in love with a barbarian slave. I saw the romance coming from the very first scene, where Mara purchases him, and it progresses predictably.

I also got tired of the author(s) telling me exactly how every character was feeling. There’s no room for me to participate in the story if I’m told exactly what everyone’s actions mean. Imagine playing a game of checkers where your friend moves both his pieces and yours, because he doesn’t trust you to make good moves. It’s boring and demeaning.

What really killed the story for me, though, were the long scenes spent with Mara’s enemy, the Minwanabi. None of the Minwanabi characters were particularly interesting, and knowing exactly what the enemy was planning took away all the suspense. There was some dramatic irony as Mara wondered what they were up to, but that wasn’t enough to fuel my interest.

If only Feist and Wurts had kept up the tempo from their previous book! ( )
  CarsonKicklighter | Jan 26, 2015 |
Another good entry into the Empire series. I can’t say the series is amazing, or revolutionary or anything, but it’s certainly entertaining. Closer to 3.5 stars than 3, but I'm going with 3 because I don't really feel like it earned 4.

There’s really not much more to say.. It’s a pretty typical fantasy novel, full of interesting cultures to discover and political intrigue. If you liked book one, you’ll probably like this one as well. ( )
  breakofdawn | Jun 11, 2013 |
The Empire books took Feist's Riftwar novels in a different direction, exploring the world of Kelewan. Though they were a bit of a diversion from the main story, the Feist/Wurts Empire series are really some of the best of the whole collection. While they aren't required reading, they really add to the series as a whole. Well written, good action and excellent characters. ( )
  Karlstar | Feb 2, 2013 |
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"A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society."--Publishers Weekly.

"Uncommonly satisfying."--Locus

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In this thrilling sequel to Daughter of the Empire, Lady Mara faces a vengeful blood enemy who doesn't know Mara has a strategic secret weapon--a rakish Midkemian slave whose real identity will change the rimworld forever. "A tale of love, hate, and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society".--Publishers Weekly.… (more)

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