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Publisher's Summary

Book three in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Welcome to the final play of the game. Now revered as the Servant of the Empire, Mara of the Acoma is in more danger than ever before. Not only does she face threats from the brotherhood of assassins and the cunning spies of rival ruling houses, but she has attracted the attention of the awesome Assembly of Magicians, who see her as a threat to their power.

But Mara has not reached her position through luck or accident of fate. Surrounded on all sides by enemies determined to bring her down, Mara must draw on her deepest resources to secure her place as Mistress of the Empire once and for all.

Mistress of the Empire is the stunning final book in Feist and Wurts' epic trilogy - one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time.

©1992 Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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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Great sendoff to Mara

Tania Rodrigues does an amazing job bringing Mara and her world to life. One of the most emotional endings to any but Magicians's end.

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Finale in an epic trilogy

Mistress of the empire is the third book in the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Feist, two epic writers in my view.

Mara’s enemies plot revenge against her and her family. Although Mara survives, some of her loved ones don’t. Her spymaster plays a key role in this book. While Mara travels to gain further alliances, her enemies grow and fear her change to the traditional ways.

The way the story was written, the unravelling story, the battle to overcome the assembly, all come together in this grand finale. I absolutely loved this story and the clever way the book was written. I enjoyed the series, the way it was written, as well as the characters.

The narrator was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

I highly recommend this amazing trilogy.

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  • 06-07-20

I love the twisting turning plots and fullness

Characters are fully developed, the shadings of personality are complex just as each of us is. The plots has subtle twists and divergence just as you think you see the whole picture you realize that there is still more to consider. I have listened to it twice and know I will need to listen to the entire Rift War series again as it's going to be with a keener ear to put deeper nuances on some events.
Such a pleasure.
I would love to hear the series redone with a group of narrators for the various main characters and an overall narrator for sub characters and main story.
Thanks awfully for such an awesome saga.

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Faulty audiobook, but good narrator and story

Sadly this audiobook is faulty. A couple of places it skips back to play the same section again, as well as some audio quality problems

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  • Lulu
  • 09-19-14

Regarded as a brilliant standalone!

I am not ashamed to say, I did not read the prequels to this Book 3 of the Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire and Servant of the Empire. However, perhaps it's because I did not, that I found the Mistress of the Empire and the characters to be so unexpectedly fascinating and witty. Perhaps if I had read the other Books, I may not have been so frequently lost with the numerous names/characters, understood a little more of warring factions/houses and the true extent of the political and emotional turmoil experienced by the characters; I might have also appreciated the fantasy world so vividly described. Notwithstanding, because the authors possess such astounding skill and intellect, reflecting ever so often to events or issues that arose in the previous Books, I was able to absorb and thoroughly enjoy this Book 3, appreciating the different dynamics to the gripping tale; that of politics, altruism, economics (trade, commerce, slavery), war (fighting/action), culture ( rich, ingrained, different and competitive), romance, loss, loyalty, epic fantasy (featuring magic and mystical creatures), etc - this Book/Trilogy is so "all-encompassing", there's something to keep everyone engaged!!. I do not think reading the end of the Trilogy first will put me off reading the other Books, if anything, I'm now feeling compelled to start it from the beginning and will be excited to read the last Book again!!

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  • Alastair
  • 06-25-18

Tanis Rodriguez is fantastic

She really brings this series to life. It's odd, the sample just doesn't do it justice. Fantastic story and I heartily recommend!

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  • ben
  • 05-09-18

sublime

I've read every book written about the twin worlds of midkemia and kelewan, and loved them all. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narration of these books, reliving the stories, the twists and turns of the plot. Ms Rodriguez had done a fantastic job of setting the tone and telling the stories of some of my most favourite characters in the whole series. thank you so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

Awesome

Love this series and the telling of it here, the narrator has done an excellent job of creating a true sense of immersion through her oratory.

Would thoroughly recommend.

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  • John FQ
  • 11-18-19

Excellent

Excellent, highly enjoyable! Another fine installment, exciting and engaging throughout, now on to the next one!

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  • Andrew Neill
  • 05-11-19

Wonderful conclusion

You always worry when a series comes to a conclusion that they will not end it the way that you have come to hope. However this conclusion works perfectly for me and I am very happy with how this ended.

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  • P. Smith
  • 03-03-19

Superb

I love this series. Would recommend anyone to read. Start with Magician and read in chronological order (you can find the order on a website called crydee)

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  • Roman_Ondus
  • 11-27-18

Exceptially good ending

One of the most intriguing political fantasy. Great writing and masterful narration. Strongly recommended for fans of fantasy.

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  • Antonio Goard
  • 04-18-18

Satisfying End

This was a long one and at times I found myself drifting away but it was a satisfying end to the trilogy. I found Mara’s exploits a bit far-fetched even for her own untouchable exalted station but it was gripping to the end and ambitious story telling.

The narrator grew on me over the three books and I came to love her tone and character voices even more on this edition.

This was a strong final book to this collection of books in the overall Riftwar Saga world - not quite as enjoyable as the original trilogy but one I will miss nonetheless. I hope some of the future books I will read will return to this world even for a fleeting moment as it really has been an intriguing yarn, well told with great imagination.

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  • weggment
  • 05-06-21

brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy

First half of the book is absolutely amazing, breathtaking event one after another. im in complete awe at this series of books

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  • Meatshield72
  • 01-29-19

fantastic

loved it totally. the narration was beautiful and added another layer to the story.
read in order and enjoy the complete story.

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  • MB
  • 01-07-19

A True Master Piece of Storytelling

A fantastical master piece of Storytelling from two giants of the genre. The plot builds and thickens as the triolgy progresses. The story is filled with intricate connecting threads as it cascades along in breathtaking suspence interwoven with romance, political intrigue , spy networks, adventure, great battles, tragedy and exuberant exaltation. The ending left me with a tear in my eye.
I like reading a hard copy and I finished up purchasing three different publishers, one for each book in the series. Each publisher had its own merit, though Doubleday retained a good secondhand quality. I used Audible when suitable synching it with kindle to help find my place.

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  • Munchkin71
  • 04-06-21

All time favourite!

I love this series so much and the audio book makes it easier to enjoy without "wasting time" reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-21

outstanding

This is one of the best books I have read and listened to. loved it!

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  • A
  • 03-18-21

Janny carried this

You cannot escape her touch, she always provides a vivid landscape and believable dialogue.
I can only imagine why she could have done with the rest of this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-21

These books go hard

They are written in a glorious fashion, haveing a woman's perspective makes them even better if u like fantasy this is for u!
Performance is not the best due to a difference in pronunciation to what I'm use to but that seems to be a recurring factor on audable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-21

absolutely Amazing!

just when you think Raymond E Feist can't top what he last did, he goes and writes this beauty of a book, from chapter One it was an action packed, subtle and subterfuge masterpiece, and absolutely cracking story to end the Trilogy, I cannot possibly recommend this book any higher!

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  • Kymo
  • 01-17-21

The best so far

The best of the lot so far! The characters were so fascinating and not all were your stereotypical one dimensional personas you see so often in fantasy. Gripping, moving and enthralling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-21

great series

fabulous series. i very much enjoyed the depth and intrigue offered up by the authors

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  • justine
  • 09-18-20

the perfect end

since stumbling upon the magician series this sideline of Mara has kept me in through old totally recommend looking forward to the next part of the magicians journey