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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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Raymond E Feist, always a brilliant story.

Raymond E Feist, always a brilliant story. T his novel was no exception. The reader was also quite clear and easily listened to.

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Intrigue

from start to finish. fast paced and full of intrigue and mastery as the world of of the "game of the council" is given a masterful insight with a great range of villains and heroes.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Miss Kara J Spencer
  • 11-11-17

Astounding and way above my expectations.

I enjoyed this even more than the Riftwar trilogy and I honestly didn't think it would surpass that at all. The audio sample does not do this book justice at all. I wasn't going to purchase it and I was also unsure of the reader at first but she was outstanding and im so glad I purchased it despite being unconvinced by the audio sample. Seriously good read.

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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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  • Jacqueline
  • 09-03-16

Brilliant and exciting

well read and read and a joy to listen to. I have read the book before, but it is nice to listen to this while doing housework.
Raymond E. Feist is a brilliant author, and this is nicely tied in with his Crydee books. I am now also tempted to check out some of a Janny Wurts books too.

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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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  • 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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  • C
  • 04-30-18

Rich content delightfully narrated

I loved this story, both the perspective from the other side of the rift wars to the complex machinations of the game of the Council. Underpinning this is the powerful female ruler, Mara, beautifully and compellingly narrated by Tania Rodrigues. Loved every word

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  • Charm Harris
  • 04-07-18

Excellent story, as always from a great author.

Beautifully read by Tania Rodriguez. The best I've heard. Thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing listening. A+

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  • M. O'Neill
  • 01-01-18

let down by narrator

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

I'd only recommend this audiobook to someone who's read the books before. I loved these books as a teenager but think it's let down by the narrator.

What aspect of Tania Rodrigues’s performance might you have changed?

A really good narrator will narrate characters' conversations in a natural conversational style, in this audiobook they come across more as each character is making an announcement to an audience. There's also not much difference between character voices.

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  • Kkz
  • 10-27-17

Immensely enjoyable

Well-written, highly engaging and immersive story. I've read it in paperback before and knew I wanted the audiobook as well. Listening to this audiobook makes boring things (like exercise!) bearable

I enjoyed the narration, 1.25x speed was great for me. Pronunciation, pace and character voices were all great

Highly recommend

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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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  • Savagepatty
  • 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.