Friday, 28 September 2012

Daughter of the Empire

I'm re-reading one of my favourite trilogies this week - Daughter of the Empire, followed by Servant of the Empire and next Mistress of the Empire.  It's part of Raymond E. Feist's Kingdom Saga, this time written with Janny Wurts, and in my opinion by far the best - although the reworked Magician is an excellent story.  These three books look at events from the opposite perspective from Magician, and really expand on the culture of the Empire as opposed to the Kingdom.
What I really love about them is the way the two conflicting cultures impact on each other and how Justice and Honour as portrayed in those cultures are rival ideas.  The other key theme of the triumph of ingenuity over political power and military might is something I particularly enjoy as well.  Without wanting to give too much away, Mara - daughter of a noble house - is unexpectedly forced become the Ruling Lady of her House, a hierarchical position that brings her into the centre of a complicated and dangerous political game.
If you enjoy tales of conflict, high politics, ingenuity and human nature, this is definitely worth a read.  There is a lot of description, but this is necessary to give you a good picture of an alien society, and the action is so well paced and engaging that you'll be caught up in events and imagery within a couple of chapters.  Definitely a book that is hard to put down.
Look for it on www.askmeaboutbooks.co.uk by choosing Alternative Fantasy in the Genre option.

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