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Mistress of the Empire (Empire Trilogy 3) [Paperback]

Janny Wurts Raymond E. Feist
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and engaging - repetitive for a reason May 28 2004
By Matthew
(This review is for the Empire Series: Daughter, Servant, & Mistress)
When I first read Daughter of the Empire, I had just finished reading Darkness at Sethanon. I was looking for something more of the Kingdom, and was really just settling for something about the Tsurani Empire. I was hooked very quickly and this became one of my favorite series.
Some earlier critiques have suggested that the is excessive repetition of themes and plot in the book, even to the extent that it became boring. I agree with this to some extent, but believe they have missed an important point.
Throughout the books, the idea is that this is a culture steeped in tradition. It is stagnant and rotting with self-inflicted wounds. Mara sees her only route to survival and the only hope for the survival of her people in the evolution of their culture. In addition to the political machinations of those who seel to capitalize on her weakness, she also has to deal with the powerful who resist her revolutionary ideas.
The repetition is intentional, the reader truly sees the problems of the continuous political battling and feels the frustration that is necessary for their joy at the resolution. I would say the Janny and Raymond have truly tapped into the psychology of the READER.
Mara is one of the most well-developed characters I have ever seen in this genre. I can say that I began responding as though I loved her. I felt her pain, wept for her nobility and sacrifice, cheered her successes and mourned her losses. When the stories were over, I actually missed her.
Rarely in this genre are strong female characters allowed to be -female. Usually, strong woman are shown to be strong in the way that they can act like men. Mara is different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but too good an ending. Dec 11 2003
"Mistress of the Empire" probably would have been a blast if it would have come as a stand-alone fantasy novel. But as the final book of a great trilogy it has to be compared with the preceding books, which were absolutely outstanding, and here "Mistress" simply performs badly. Of course, Janny Wurts' writing is still excellent. Of course the plot is still quite intruiging and Lady Mara's uncanny knack to turn the tides to her favor at the very last moment meets all requirements for suspense. And of course the main characters are convincing both in background and motivation, but... havent we seen all that before in "Daughter/Servant of the Empire"?
To be honest, over the course of "Mistress" I simply grew bored of how events developped because they always appear to follow one and the same scheme: One urgency follows the other, Mara gets pushed to 'dare the unprecedented', desaster threatens and yet in the end Mara gets everything she aimed for (due to her 'innovative' actions and the usual heroics of her following) plus some unexpected but welcomed boons less a good scale of sacrificial deaths by people close to her household and heart. Good grief, gimme a break - dreaming must be allowed because after all this is fantasy literature, but did Mara really need to end up seeing her legacy on the emperor's throne, to win the favor of the most powerful mage of both Kelewon and Midkemia (though I feel that co-author Feist simply couldnt resist to give his favorite protagonist Pug a weightier appearance), to gain the protection of the Gods rendering herself virtually invincible and to regain her lost love Kevin due to the cheapest case of deus-et-machina-like intervention by the author?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book Oct. 7 2003
By A Customer
I recommend this book greatly though you should read the 2 previous in this series first(Daughter of the Empire and Servent of the Empire).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed conclusion to an excellent series July 12 2003
I loved the first two books in this series and was really hoping that the third could maintain the standard set in those. I was not disappointed, this book may have been the best of the three.
As Mara of the Acoma continues to be a major player in the politics of the Tsurani Empire on Kelewan, this book is packed with action and intrigue right up to the exciting conclusion.
For those who read and enjoyed the first two books in this series, you will not be disappointed by this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant Climax to the Empire Trilogy June 20 2003
Lady Mara faces her greatest challenge in this final book of the epic Empire Trilogy. Now the most powerful female in the Empire, Mara must come to terms with her very public life and face the inevitable results of her past triumphs.
You also get a better understanding into previously mentioned factors in the first two books (Daughter of the Empire & Servant of the Empire) and Riftwar. You get a deeper look into the religions of the Tsurani and their roles in the framework of the Empire. In addition, the Assembly is also greatly involved, though perhaps not so much as "Magician" (by Raymond E. Feist), it certainly plays greater roles in the shaping of this novel. Mara also travels to distant lands, answering questions that are left unanswered in the Riftwar Saga and the first two Empire books.
What I most admired in this particular book was the overcoming of grave difficulties in the face of constant danger. Cunningly written and detailed, Feist weaves his cleverly written plotlines into the stunning fabric of Wurts. You feel as if you are a part of the book and really know the characters.
And though many writers make their main characters seem virtually invulnerable, you really see the human side of each main character (good and bad) and come to value the emerging flaws and weaknesses. As a result, you get a three-dimensional view of all main characters which helps to sum up and close the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant Climax to the Empire Trilogy
Lady Mara faces her greatest challenge in this final book of the epic Empire Trilogy. Now the most powerful female in the Empire, Mara must come to terms with her very public life... Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by "ladynyte808"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stunning Conclustion to a GREAT Trilogy!!!
Please read this book/trilogy in order, it give you so much more that way! I must say I greatly enjoyed this book/trilogy! The authors have done it again. Read more
Published on March 29 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, but . . .
This book brings to an end the saga of Mara of the Acoma, and her political rise through the Empire of Tsuranuanni. Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by kallan
4.0 out of 5 stars Molière ending
At first, I thought this book was good. Mara has made Acoma a great house; she's now trying to change the whole empire and get rid of the magicians. Read more
Published on May 27 2002 by Petter
4.0 out of 5 stars A very long book...
This is a great book, but I almost cried when Mara went with Kevin- how could she leave a great guy like Hokanu?!??!?! Read more
Published on May 5 2001 by Rosanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe doesn't begin to express it
Twists inside twists is the best way to describe the plot in this one. Not that it will shock you so much as that the action never seems to falter or fall short. Read more
Published on April 4 2001 by Sarah Glen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Game of the Council intrigues once again
After years of reading Wurts, I turned reluctantly to this co-authored trilogy. To my suprise, I found that the Empire trilogy supassed all of Wurts' independent work. Read more
Published on May 19 2000 by "leda_au"
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent but for the ending...
I thought this was a beautifully written book. The fate of the cho-ja magicians vs the cho-ja hives and the development of Arakasi's character alone make this book worth the read. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2000
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