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Daughter of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy
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- File Size : 3735 KB
- Publication Date : August 22, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 428 pages
- Publisher : Spectra (August 22, 2017)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B073TJH5XR
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mara is a heroine and role model engineered to inspire the reader to think outside the box. She's human, but she's marvelously sharp-minded and compassionate at the same time. While Feist's female characters in his solo work often failed to impress, Mara does not. Janny Wurts seems to make up for his deficits (perhaps he makes up for hers as well; I've not read her solo work yet) and together they carved a pure masterpiece.
I wish I could gift this trilogy to everyone I know. It's brilliant, it has appeal whatever your gender, and whatever your personal tastes there'll be something to intrigue you. Even though it's political in ways, the backstabbing and venomous nature of this vicious society with its cruel laws is unspeakably fascinating. This is a person daring to challenge the status quo of a stagnating culture, which any American tired of their political system can identify with as wish fulfillment. There are tales of romance sprinkled in, but they are far from trite or rosy or maudlin; there is real peril to happiness and there are issues larger than love. The battles are heart-pounding because they are so personal. It's not as evil as Game of Thrones, but you will end up wondering which of your most-beloved characters will survive, and how.
I reread these books every year or so and they never get boring. Worth every penny and much more. Vastly under-rated and under-recognized. I hope that this changes.
Whether or not the characters were Asian, I couldn’t tell; but with an Emperor-like figure ruling in name, but a Shogun-like figure known as the Warlord ruling in fact, it felt like Warring States Japan. The comparisons continue, with a “Game of the Council” representing the plotting, alliance-building, backstabbing, and warfare that has to follow exacting conventions.
Untrained in this Game of the Council, sole POV character Mara must quickly learn how to lead when she unexpectedly and suddenly inherits leadership of her clan. At the start of the story, she is about to become a nun when she learns her father and brother were slain in a treacherous ploy by a rival clan. What I found especially enjoyable about her as a main character is that she is not a “Chosen One.” She’s not a warrior, or a mage, or have any other special abilities beyond her own intelligence and wit.
Driven to protect her clan and live up to the legacy of her father, she takes many risks and faces many dangers—from marrying a brute who is tied to a powerful family to confronting a rival warlord on his own estate. She is helped by her childhood nanny and two bodyguards, as well as a spymaster and bandit leader whom she must win over. All the characters are distinctive enough to form a strong mental image.
Beyond the Game of the Council, the story feels real with lush world building, organically described without infodumps or stilted dialog. One element that stood out to me was an Ant-like race, complete with Queens, which excel at both combat and craftsmanship.
Probably twenty + books a month
Rarely do I read a series twice
This is now my third time buying and reading this series.
As the books are long gone, hopefully shared greatly in my local library.
If you have interest in great epic stories, the rift war will satisfy you.
This series sticks to one main character and I love it.
I look at the long list of books ahead of me to read and am excited to see the adventures awaiting me, for quite a few of the most recent ones were not yet written when I last picked up these stories.
Come and see what the Acoma have to share. I promise it will be worth your time.
Top reviews from other countries
part one was very good. it felt like reading about seanchan empire from the wheel of time series. the ending was a bit lame.
part two was ok but felt very long but still still readable.
part three. alarm bells started ringing from the very beginning. a life shattering events takes place in the first few pages of the book, but it was as exciting reading a shopping list. this gets very very bad. it was very clear that two different people were writing the story. one was ok the other was very bad at writing. over complicated sentences, where i had to keep stopping and reading again and again trying to make sense of a sentence without much success. the same writer keeps describing how the character was feel, which was not very engaging(steven erikson's show not tell rule makes very painfully clear).
i just felt angry how a very good story in part one can deteriorate to such a badly written, over long mess.
In many ways I felt this book was better crafted - both in plotting and in the writing - than the Riftwar books, and Janny Wurts' experience and touch shows, particularly in the way Mara is developed. Overall I thought this was a brilliant book, which I would happily read again.