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Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist
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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 |
Mary-Sue, I mean Mara, falls in love with Kevin. Mara pulls political solutions out of thin air to the astonishment and envy of everybody else. Mara worries about her child, but only after bedding Kevin.
Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh, but that's exactly how the second book in the Empire trilogy seemed to me. Kevin himself comes very close to Gary-Stu territory, and becomes nothing more than a mouthpiece for how everybody else is more barbaric than his people, even though, through the writing, we already get that impression. His romance with Mara seemed to take up way too much time that could have been used for thinking up a better plot for this book. Yeah, I got it, they argue, they sleep together, rinse, repeat.
The politics are convoluted and confusing to me, and did nothing more than bore me extremely, but, unfortunately, politics=plot, and the rest of the stuff between the covers is just filler and overblown padding. I can only hope the third book is better. ( )
  DarkDagon | Aug 26, 2014 |
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 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mara is an amazing character, extremely complex, sympathetic and human. She grows and changes a great deal throughout this book, and I was especially interested in her relationship with the "barbarian" Kevin, who refuses to be a slave, and her continuing fascination and respect for Hokanu of the Shinazawai.

I particularly enjoyed the occassional cross-over moments to the Riftwar Saga books, which I first read many many years ago, and still love. Learning what was happening among the Tsurani people during the events of the Riftwar from their own perspective has given me a much greater understanding of their culture and attitudes than was ever made apparent in those books.

If you read the Riftwar books, and found them a bit too simple in story structure, these books should whet your appetite with war, feuds, and complex politics galore. An excellent book! ( )
  puttocklibrary | Oct 16, 2012 |
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Wurts, Jannymain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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