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Servant of the Empire (Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997
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As leader of her noble house, the 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 affections for a barbarian slave from the enemy world of Midkemis lead her to question the principles by which she lives. The second collaboration of authors Feist (the Riftwar saga) and Wurts ("Cycle of Fire" trilogy) combines fantasy and intrigue with an intricate and exotic world setting drawing heavily on Oriental motifs. Richly detailed and compellingly written, this sequel to Daughter of the Empire ( LJ 6/15/87) is highly recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The weak points of this book center around Kevin of Zun. He plays a major role in this story, and at times shows great promise, but mostly he's a disappointment. Your typical fantasy protagonist, he's witty, wry, stubborn, and incredible in a fight, but he also displays some annoying characteristics. He shows almost no loyalty to the men he became a slave with, he is overly emotional about how Mara treats him, and he is ridiculously disrespectful of Tsuarani tradition (in a place where most people would be summarily executed for a breach in protocol). The worst thing Kevin brings to the table though, is the way he changes Mara. She goes from being a level-headed, genius political tactician, thinking everything through to the Nth degree, to a love-struck and sometimes reckless young woman. I know the authors were trying to show how true love affected Mara, but they diminished her by casting her in this role here.
This book, much like the first, tells a self-contained story-arc from beginning to end. No cliff hangers here, as the story seems nicely wrapped up by the end of the book. The third installment will have to introduce a new conflict, and I'm looking forward to reading it. Recommended!
A cracking story of adventure and intrigue with some great characters.
Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist have served up another spell binding story.
Very hard to put down as you wait with anticipation for the next challenge to be overcome.