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Publisher's Summary

Book one in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by best-selling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan.… Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother's deaths in battle.

Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family's loss, and the Acoma's enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction.

Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence, and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive.

Daughter of the Empire is the magnificent first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

©1987 Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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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  • lum
  • singapore, Singapore
  • 04-25-14

Those who loved Daenerys Targaryen will love Mara

I read the book when I was a teenager when it was published way before the game of thrones. Not your usual sword and sorcery it is full of political intrigue, dynastic clashes and murder set in a world of magic and exoticness. If you like strong yet vulnerable women pick this book.

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  • jo
  • WODONGA, Australia
  • 12-04-16

wow

loved the collaborative effort, thanks awfully for this.
looking forward to the next book.

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Great listen

Great production with lovely narration that brings back many memories of first reading this book as a teenager, bringing that majestic novel to life

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Good listening to

Could not put it down. Really enjoyed the book when I read it and then when I listened to it. The narrator was good to

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  • Gordon
  • 02-09-15

A great co-operation between authors.

I have to admit I liked this series of books a little more than the "Rift War Saga" though there was some cross over with that series happening. Feist & Wurts worked well together and the series seemed to me, not have the rough edges that Magician, Silverthorne & A darkness at Sethanon had. The characters are predominantly human with nary an Elf or for that matter (thank god) a thief to be seen, which made the series more, well, believable. (I know, a strange word to use in relation to works of fantasy...but) Personally I think Tania Rodrigues did a fantastic job in narrating all three books in the series. After all the central character in the series is a woman and to have a male reading the part would have just been ....odd. A great series and a good listen.

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  • Louis
  • 06-18-14

Keep Peter Joyce please

What does Tania Rodrigues bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Not a lot TBH, I would like to see how Peter Joyce reads this book as he has done a great job on the Rift War Saga and Krondors Sons, they're in the same story so I think he should have continued. I do however understand with the lead being female the use of having a female narrator but Tania just didn't cut it for me.

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  • Fab
  • 10-01-16

Must LISTEN!

Immense story. Top notch narration. If you enjoy fantasy or a good yarn, this is for you!
Once you have completed this series, try the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell.

Feist and Wurts deliver an amazing fiction here, worthy to rank alongside Magician and besting the likes of Tolkien and R.R.Martin.

You will treasure this audio book for years to come. It makes long drives and housework breeze by like the summer winds that caress broad leaf oaks of the seasonal forest.

God bless

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  • Robert
  • 06-08-14

Re-discovered story

What made the experience of listening to Daughter of the Empire the most enjoyable?

I read this trilogy years ago and it was just as good listening to it the second time around.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-14

Plot within plot.

Would you listen to Daughter of the Empire again? Why?

Yes. It is one of my favorite fantasy books.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader sounded like she had never seen the book before, and wasn't interested in it

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It took 2 work days (I drive motorways all day)

Any additional comments?

Can we have the next books in the series please. But with a different reader if possible

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-17

Brilliant

Likes - intrigue plots steeped in cultures that could easily be associated with our own civilisations centuries ago.

Dislikes - none. Seriously.

Reading. Excellent. Tania is a preferred narrator for me only bettered in polgara the sorceress

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-17

Great book

Great book read beautifully wonderful characters breath taking fantasy love the strong female character looking forward to the next book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-17

A really clever and imaginative book

the book takes the brilliant story of 'the magician' and weaves this book into it very cleverly.

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  • mr k khan
  • 02-28-17

Lush, vibrant, colourful and a great story to boot

A very well written story of power, intrigue and ruthless blood sport. strong character depth and description. Feist and Wurtz bring the world to you in great detail. Servant and Mistress are a must listen after this!!

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  • Ian H.
  • 12-08-16

This would be the rating .

What did you like most about Daughter of the Empire?

Where is jimmy and the crawlers it's messed up my whole series it's been 6 weeks since I wanted it . Please get it thanks

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of the Empire?

The bit where the book was available to read

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably all of them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Where am i

Any additional comments?

I want it

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  • Gary B.
  • 12-17-16

great story. average narration

narrator was too fast, Had to set to 95% to make it sound natural/right.
also a minor annoyance was her narration seemed to be clipped every sentence (or two). like she recoded each sentence individually and they were put together. again the 95% speed helped with this.
otherwise her voicevand reading narration/different characterization was good.

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  • Leah
  • 10-04-17

Great book

Loved that this had a strong female as tbe main character. Cant wait to start the next book.

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  • Toran
  • 08-01-17

better than I my high expectations

after the previous quartet i didn't expect to find another book with quite the same impact as magician. but it delivered on all accounts

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-17

thought the headline was optional?

story was good but I wanted to know what happened after the darkness at sephanon.
not be cast back to the rift war.

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  • Kirsty
  • 05-07-17

A last a fantastic read with a strong female lead. About time!

Great story, characters and plot. Very enjoyable read - so glad there are two more books in this series

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  • Mistique65
  • 03-02-17

Masterfully written and performed.

Another great epic begins, a story from the other side of the rift war.
A young women becomes head of her family and has to learn to survive in the "Game of the council" if she wants to save her family.
A story of Honour, betrayal, power and subdufuge.

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  • Richard
  • 01-30-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

one of the best Raymond feist series, that he didn't even write...

The reader was pretty good.

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  • Luke
  • 08-08-16

An incredible novel to proceed the Riftwar Saga

Although it took me time to adjust to the narrator and a story that doesn't include Pug or Tomas, this book was absolutely incredible and my favourite so far in the Fiest universe.

The narrator does great justice to being able to envision Mara and her personality.

I look forward to reading these books to my son.

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  • Chris
  • 07-12-16

pretty good

not keen on the narrator but the story was pretty good. disappointed there was no pug.

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  • Kiki
  • 07-12-16

classic story read beautifully

Have read this series before, and was delighted to find a narrator who suited the strong but young character of Mara. a series to be enjoyed many times over.

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