Servant of the Empire

Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
Series: Riftwar Cycle, Book 6, The Empire Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"A sweeping drama unveiling a tale of love, hate and sacrifice against the panorama of an alien yet familiar society." (Publishers Weekly)

"Uncommonly satisfying." (Locus)

©2017 Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • 12-23-17

The best story ever

I truly believe that the Daughter of the Empire and Servant of the Empire are the best fiction stories ever written. LOVE it!

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Love the strong female lead

Ive loved this series since I first read it in the 90 s. The audible performance made it even better! I luv audible and listening tobooks especially since i dont have time to read anymore, its perfect to help me keep up with all my favorites! Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry

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DNF @ 90%

Me: So your slave lover is 6’5, wide shouldered, with red gold hair, striking blue eyes and a tongue that disrespects you in public at every turn?

Mara: Yes! He’s so hot I forgive him everything. I decided to have his baby and pass it off as Hokanu’s.

Me: And what does Hokanu look like?

Mara: Oh, 5’10 with really dark skin and up-tilted black eyes. Slender. He’s totally rich and important, the baby will have it made!

Me: Yeah, uh genius.

I lost respect for the main character and many secondary characters rubbed me wrong. This sequel did not fulfill the promise of book one.

DNF 90%

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Loved this book

I enjoyed this book as a young man and many years later in a much busier life. I have once again enjoyed the book in this amazingly narrated version.

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Intrigue, Conspiracy, Espionage and Action!

Wow, I thought Daughter of the Empire was exciting and this just draws the reader in even deeper!

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Totally captivating and well written

I have been enjoying the whole series. very well written and captivating. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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Great Book

I have read the book multiple times. it was fantastic to hear not in my minds eye. Tone and inflection.

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Dive into Magic

Note: This is a review of book two. Please enjoy book one first.

Book one of this fantasy series is the story of Mara who, moments before she is to join irrevocably a religious order, is recalled to become the ruling Lady of a great House. Truly one of the best heroines with agency in a medieval-like fantasy world whose tale I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Book one did not depend on magic or the acts of beings with magical powers to a great extent although it appeared at the end

I don't mind magic as a plot device. What I dislike is when a fantasy story suddenly resorts to magic, in a second or subsequent installment, to advance the saga. That is, when magic wasn't integral to the story from the beginning. (Mara remains a non magic user thank goodness.)

I remember having the same reaction to this second book in the series when I first read it many years ago. [This is a review of the audio version.] I also recall disliking the third book then so I don't plan to listen to it now.

One thing that Ms. Wurts has done well is end each book without a cliffhanger.

Book two, this one, the Servant of the Empire, is also a story of forbidden love. Lady and slave. Well worth your time if you like such things, which I do when well done as it is here.

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Loved every minute of it!

Mara is an inspiring character, the plot grips you and holds you. The story telling is tight and the narrator did an excellent job.

If I have to find one criticism, it would be that there seems to be this massive political shift towards the greater good of the empire - a bit too easy of a solution given the complex ‘game’. No one gives up power that easily.

Not worth taking away a star though.

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An utter and complete let down after epic trilogy

Very interesting premise. Very interesting characters. Very interesting setting.

Still a failure. Why?

Because it's a melodramatic, dragged-out, estrogen-fest, worthy of the worst drug store romance novels.

This trilogy is related to the original in only the most superficial ways. It replaced everything else with nearly endless blather about what this person is thinking, followed by what that person is thinking. On and on and on!!

I was able to grind through the first of this set, but called it quits part way through this one. I kept feeling the need to shout "JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!", and that is unacceptable.

I did get my Audible credit back though, so at least there's that.

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  • 11-24-19

Disappointing

Well read, the political manoeuvres are interesting and well thought out but the romance aspect is woefully written. Like some sort of teenage romance written by a bunch of teenage girls at a sleepover who have just read their mums Mills and Boon. It was difficult to get through because of this. Trying to pass off a giant white skinned ginger haired barbarians child as that of a below average height, dark haired, dark skinned man's child just doesn't fit. A poor showing for Raymond E Feist, I'm not familiar with Janny Wurts other works so I can't compare that.