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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
Nobody knows how to play the Game of the Council better than Mara of the Acoma. Through bloody political manoeuvring she has become a powerful force within the Empire; but surrounded by deadly rivals, Mara has to be the best simply to stay alive. But 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 affection for a barbarian slave from the enemy world of Midkemia leads her to question the principles by which she lives.
Servant of the Empire is the second in Feist and Wurts' wonderful epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy concludes with the third book, Mistress of the Empire.
©1990 Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"A gripping tale." ( The Times)
"Epic scope… vivid imagination… a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)
"Well-written… intelligent… intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynette on 12-27-17

Many twists. Great story well narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story line with intrigue, murder ,love and redemption

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin - I'm also a red head

Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues – was your favorite?

She does a great job of Mara

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make me teary eyed in places

Any additional comments?

Great listen even if you are not a fantasy science fiction fan

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5 out of 5 stars
By jo on 12-08-16

can't wait!

I got so caught in the tale I cried and hoped and felt joyful then grieved as Mara dealt with each twist and turn, it's so well written, I love that the characters are full with faults which just make the experience better.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Crawford on 11-02-15

Heavy going political story

I started this series with Magician which I enjoyed. However, this Empire series is more about politics in a weird society than the fantasy that first drew me in. I found it heavy going and difficult to keep track of all the clans and characters. Not my favourite audio book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Antonio Goard on 03-18-18

A Well-Written and Satisfying Story

I love the Riftwar Cycle series and always found the Kelewan world interesting since it was first featured in Magician. I enjoyed this story more than the first book in The Empire Trilogy and found myself (like I did when reading the original Riftwar trilogy) longing for the next time I could listen.

I was intrigued and intently listening to all parts which linked back to Magician and Darkness of Sethanon (Shinzawai, Malamba’s fury at the games, defeat of the enemy) and how these events alongside Kevin’s influence helped reshape the empire of Tsuranuanni. It covered a very long timeline spanning all 3 books in the original trilogy and beyond.

Mara’s story is well-written and this book also made a good job of presenting other fascinating characters. Kevin provided a good link back to Midkemia and their love story, although a bit unbelievable at times considering the Tsurani culture, was heart-warming and sad when he departed.

I was bereft when I finished the original Riftwar Saga and apprehensive about reading the Empire Trilogy because I wasn’t sure I could immerse myself into the world in the same way. However, I have done so and I look forward to reading the final instalment. I’m somewhat intrigued where the story can go now with the Minwanabi defeated. Maybe Jiro of the Anasati still plans something. Let’s see.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Savagepatty on 06-25-17

on to the next one

loved it.
I didn't want it to end, on to the last one.
these magician books are gripping and sure to cost me alot of money lol

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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott Membry on 03-11-17


Having read the novel, the story wasn't new, but there's always a different perspective in an audio book.

I don't always like the pronunciation or chosen intonation but I think Tania Rodrigues does a better job of doing male voices than most male readers have done doing female voices

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