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Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist
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    The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (hindins)
    hindins: Another strong young female character, diplomacy and intrigue, amazing world-building and a non-european culture.
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    Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle (kaydern)
    kaydern: Awesome female lead character, similar genre.
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    The Man of Gold by M. A. R. Barker (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Feist and Wurts' setting of Kelewan is highly derivative of Barker's Tekumel; fans of the original looking for more may enjoy the Empire trilogy and fans of the Empire trilogy interested in the source material may enjoy the Tekumel books.
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What a wonderful book. Daughter of the Empire is set in a world inspired by Asia. There's not a lot of magic, instead it's all about intrigue and politics. In addition, expect a kick-ass female character.

Mara is simply one of the best female fantasy characters I've ever encountered. She is cunning and intelligent. This entire book is one big chess game filled with politics and betrayal, and Mara does not use strength and violence to win this game but her wit. It's a joy to watch her decimate her opponents using only her brain. More of this, please.

The entire cast of characters is well developed. The villains are intriguing and relatable. On one page you want to punch them, on the next they break your heart! There was one scene especially which was a punch in the gut, and only a few pages prior I thought I'd be throwing a party.

I recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy with a lot of politics and intrigue. If several houses attempting to outwit each other in a bid to rule appeals to you, then this is for you. If you're at all interested in Feist's work and the rest of the Riftwar Cycle, start with the Riftwar Saga Trilogy before you dive into the Empire Trilogy. ( )
  Vinjii | Mar 22, 2018 |
Technically this is part of the Midkemia/Rift War series but rather being set on that rather more familiar world we find ourselves on the world of Kelewan home of the inscrutable Tsurani. 'Jointly' written by Feist and Wurtz, I have a feeling that most of the background and the characterisation belongs to Wurtz.

The story opens as the lady Mara is about to be ordained as a Sister of Lashima but just as she's about to be sealed to goddess's service the service is interrupted by a squad of her house soldiers as she is informed of the death of her father and brother along with most of the rest of House Acoma's forces, lost in combat on Midkemia. Taken home to reluctantly take up her duties as Ruling Lady, Mara is introduced to the dangers facing her when an assassin attacks her in the Acoma's sacred grove. Saved by one of her loyal guards, Mara is faced by her first test as the loyal soldier had, by tradition, to die. But Mara finds a way to satisfy tradition while keeping her man alive. Over the next few years, Mara continues to bend tradition as far as she can to keep her house alive but when her actions lead to the death of a husband married only for political expediency Mara realises that survival of her House must mean more than just its physical survival ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 14, 2017 |
I enjoyed reading it. A female-centered fantasy set in a hierarchical society steeped in tradition and rigid codes of honour.The lead character Mara finds herself on the verge of the ruin of her house and the continuance of her house depends upon her holding her own and triumphing in the politics of the great houses. The first quarter of the book is quite predictable but it gets better. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
This series is one of my favorites. I remember not being able to put it down and missing my train stop when I first read it. Highly recommended. Something about the combination of these authors' writing was amazing. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
For my Year of Feist. I was having a hard time remembering this book, but early into it I realized that was because I had never read it, or never read very far. I thought I had, and it presented the same challenges I do remember...but this time I persevered. Moving on to the second in the Empire sub-series... ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
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Wat men maar niet wil inzien, is dat fantasy de schatkamer is van alles wat de mens in de loop der eeuwen aan dromen, verhalen, mythen, sagen en sprookjes heeft verzameld. En dat is niet niks, dat is een geestelijk erfgoed dat gekoesterd dient te worden. Elke tijd voegt daar nieuwe elementen aan toe en zo ontstaat een reusachtig, laten we zeggen 'bezinksel' dat het onderbewuste van de mens van nu van kleur voorziet, dat hoop en vertrouwen in de toekomst geeft. - Raymond E. Feist
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This book is dedicated to Harold Matson with deep appreciation, respect and affection.
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Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.  But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy.  Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all--in his own impregnable stronghold.  An epic tale of adventure and intrigue.  Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today.

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Mara, a young, untested Ruling Lady of Kelewan, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic stuggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja and marry the son of a hated enemy. Queen Mara of Acoma vows to avenge the deaths of her brother and father, even if it means killing her own husband.… (more)

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