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Date Posted: 05:25:02 10/17/03 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: The Empire Trilogy

TITLE: The EMPIRE Trilogy (Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire).
AUTHOR: Co-written by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Feist.
GENRE: Fantasy

This trilogy follows Mara, a young girl of a wealthy and prestigious house in the land of Tsurannuani. (a mythical world on the other side of the rift from the Raymond E Feist 'Magician' series.)

Mara is about to become a temple acolyte when her familyís garrison force commander brings news that her father, brother and almost the entire army are dead, making her heir to the house. Thrust into the role of ruling lady, this story tells of Mara's struggle to survive deadly cultural politics and even more deadly enemies and re-build her house from ashes to one of the most powerful in the Empire.

Our heroine Mara is resourceful and strong, a quick thinker and very smart. Her personal growth throughout the story from 17 year old acolyte, to eventually becoming the most powerful woman in the Empire is inspiring. IMHO her personal strengths are:
1/ the ability to learn from others, both truths and innovative concepts foreign to her culture and ...
2/ the gumption to act on them.

Culture plays a big part in this story. Ways of doing things, cultural perspectives and honor-bound traditions govern every part of Tsurani life. It reminds me a lot of ancient Japanese/ crossed with ancient Roman.
In the second book of the series there is a love interest which, if I didnt know better, was JAMIE himself!! Red hair, taller than everyone else, warrior, and good at everything, and annoying as hell because of it. Great Mmmmphing scenes. *g*
By the end of the third book all loose ends are tied up nicely. However, it does leave you mourning the end of a fantastic story. I have been known to go back to the first book, because it really sucks you in so deep you donít ever want it to end.

Donna Austin AKA dmaustin

Thanks, Donna!- Syl

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[> Thanks Donna, sounds great!! -- kroud, 17:47:35 10/17/03 Fri

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[> I too really loved this trilogy. Wish Wurts & Feist would write more books about the characters in these books. -- pamurphy, 19:01:57 10/17/03 Fri

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