Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2) by Raymond E. Feist

Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)

Second in Feist & Wurts' wonderful epic trilogy -- one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time THE EMPIRE TRILOGY: BOOK II Nobody knows how to play the Game of the Council better than Mara of the Acoma. But when you're surrounded by deadly rivals intent on toppling you at every turn, you need to be the best simply to survive!

Details Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)

TitleServant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
Release DateOct 9th, 1990
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)

  • Choko
    *** 4.75 ***"...“Never underestimate the human capacity for stupid, illogical, and petty behavior.”..."This book was amazing! It was not extraordinary in any specific way, just really, really good in many ways an Epic Fantasy could be good in. It has an interesting culture, a lot of manipulations for political power, a ton of battles, a wonderful romance, which on its own is a miracle for a Fantasy of this type, and most of all, it never cros...
  • Jim
    Wow, again. As a guy, I sometimes have trouble connecting with a female main character, but not in this case. While Mara is about as distant from me as can be, she's a fantastic heroine & I hung on every word of the fantastic writing. My emotions bumped right along with her situation. Again, I stayed up too late reading & hated to put the book down. The ending was perfect. The trilogy could have easily stopped on this book, but there is another &...
  • Graeme Rodaughan
    A wonderful book, rich with feeling. 5 stars easily earned.The 2nd in the Empire trilogy pits Mara and her classy team of experts against the despicable villainy of Tasaio and the powerful Minwanabi family.I love the characterization, which is rich and nuanced, these are characters you can really care about. The narrative is extensive and broad, suiting the Epic Fantasy genre. The story got me in and I was immersed - even though I've read this bo...
  • Olivia
    4.5 Stars.Mara is a fantastic heroine and probably one of my favourite female fantasy protagonists. The second book in the series has none of the lull so many sequels suffer from and instead packs plot for at least two books into one.What I enjoyed most, for once (and it did come as a surprise) was the romantic element. I really loved Kevin as a character and found his relationship with Mara to be one of the best aspects of this book.Every charac...
  • Laura
    4.5 stars
  • Eric
    3.5 StarsServant of the Empire continued the Riftwar spinoff series started in Daughter of the Empire, and offered another fun and layered adventure set in the unique Tsurani world. Mara, now Ruling Lady of her house once more, has survived the first attack from rival houses. But there are always more threats on the horizon. This time, the threat may destroy not only her, but her entire house. Picking up where the first book left off, Servant of ...
  • Jelis
    Often in trilogies, there occurs what is known as the "second book" syndrome, where the universe is no longer shiny and new as it was in the first book, but not as exciting as the climatic third book, and mostly exists as a bridge between those two, providing important set-up, but not feeling as exciting. Servant of the Empire, I am glad to say, does not have this problem. Despite having crossed the first hurdles to her rule, Mara still has many ...
  • Jackie
    Following on from Daughter of the Empire, this book expands on Mara's task of consolidating the position of House Acoma. with the wealth gained from the silk trade she buys Midkemian slaves to cultivate her land and further increase her wealth. One of them is , unknown to her, a noble in his own land. Naturally she falls in love with him etc, etc, etc. I'm afraid that I found the love story between these two contrived and a little embarrassing . ...
  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Στο πρώτο βιβλίο αυτής της τριλογίας η αγαπητή μας Mara δεν τα κατάφερε και άσχημα, σε αυτό το δεύτερο, όμως, τα πράγματα γίνονται δυσκολότερα καθώς ισχυρότεροι αντίπαλοι μπαίνουν στο παιχνίδι και παίρνουν την κατάσταση στα χέρια τους εξαπολύοντας...
  • Michael Y. Patuwo
    The second book of the Empire trilogy failed to hold a candle to the first one. While most of the characters remain interesting and the writing style has not changed, the plot has gone from mildly ponderous to thin, irrelevant, and suffering from way too much padding. It makes reading the second book right after the first one a disappointment, which is the reason why I've only given Servant of the Empire a rating of two stars.The largest gripe I ...
  • Tammy
    This is the second book in the Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. I really enjoyed the first book. I loved how a young and innocent girl was thrust into the deadly games of politics where any wrong move could be met with her death as well as the death of her loved ones and shame for anyone associated with the name of her family the Acoma. In book one Mara is 17, becomes Ruling Lady of the Acoma facing powerful enemies with only 3...
  • Ojo
    A stellar model in the writing of epic political thrillers.Servant of the Empire serves up some really good writing that's only to be expected of a combo of two of the best writers the genre has ever seen. There's a lot more work done on the characters. We see the enlargement of the plot as even more threads appear. The cast is much larger and things are more complex. There's also a lot of things happening at the same time. The characters are cha...
  • Emily
    I really enjoyed this one and thought it was better than the first book. I see in other people's reviews that they didn't like Kevin, but he was probably my favorite part of the book. My gripes from book 1 do continue on in book 2 though - Mara plans always go perfectly for her and it all seems very coincidental. The right people side her way, the exact right things happen in the exact right order - which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. Read...
  • Mieneke
    Servant of the Empire is book two in the fabulous Empire series. In it we get back to Mara's story, but this time there is an important new player in the form of a Midkemian slave called Kevin. This book made me realise how strange a reread experience of a beloved book can be, as I found myself avoiding the book as I got nearer to a major confrontation at about a quarter of the book into the story, because I remembered something awful happening t...
  • Kate
    The intertwining of events from Magician into this book is what makes it so brilliant. Mara's acquisition of Midkemian slaves, including one Kevin changes her life and her way of thinking. Kevin's view of what to him is inexplicable and sometimes downright bizarre Tsurani culture allows Mara to break out of the strictures imposed by her upbringing and gives her a definite advantage in the Great Game.The politics of this book are fantastically int...
  • Victor *we were on a break!*
    Wow... wow.
  • Dan
    Very, very good.
  • Nick
    Sequels don't often live up to the first book, but this isn't one of those times.The characters you know and love are all back and embroiled in the delights of the Kelewanese Game of Council, there are genuinely happy moments where you can't help but smile and be happy for the characters and there are low moments when all seems hopeless and you feel tense and want them to pull through.This is one of those rare books that enhances what was already...
  • Emerson
    "Nunca subestimem a capacidade humana de ser estúpido, ilógico e mesquinho." LIVRO FODA, EXCELENTE!!
  • Beniarto
    The second in the series was definitely a page-turner, even more than the first. It saddened me to see that only this trilogy was made by the two. If the potential of Feist-Wurts could be explored further, I believed that they could match the partnership of Weis-Hickman.It was alike and different from the first in many ways. All the main characters in the book returned, a great addition was Kevin, a prisoner of war turned slave by tradition of th...
  •  Adriana ♩♪
    I work for the good of the EmpireAfter avoiding the obliteration of house Acoma, the Ruling Lady Mara is now focused on her blood feud enemy, the heir of house Minwanabi. To win this battle, Mara, with the help of her advisors and the slave Kevin from Midkemia, has to reconsider her beliefs, honour and tradition and use her influential and manipulative mind for the good of the Empire.
  • Tnkw01
    Yes, this book had a second book slump, but not much of one. I rate it 4.5 stars it would have had 5 stars except for the fact it dragged a bit in places and the names were a bit hard to keep up with but overall a great read. Again, Mara was great. The story again brought tears to my eyes at certain parts but alas, the good guy comes on top but with sacrifice.
  • Wilker Sousa
    Mara cada vez melhor... Essa mulher é incrível demais
  • Georgina
    Mara is a character whose femininity makes her stronger - who can show emotion, can fail, can admit her mistakes and come back stronger. I love this sequel !
  • Troy G
    The 2nd book in the greatest trilogy ever written, this one manages to avoid some of the pitfalls of the first novel, while not compromising the strengths. I was afraid that after securing her place a little in the world, the stakes and urgency of this book would be less compelling. In some ways they are, but at the same time I enjoyed the new stakes even more. If you actually have something there is more reason to worry about losing it.One of th...
  • Carson Kicklighter
    I couldn’t finish this sequel because I found it slow, predictable, and boring.One hundred pages into its predecessor, Daughter of the Empire, Mara had survived an assassination attempt, saved the life of a trusted family retainer, and pulled off a plan to recruit gray warriors to her house. By the same point in this book, however, Mara has just kind of shuffled around the house and fell in love with a barbarian slave. I saw the romance coming ...
  • Pauline
    This fell into the second book slump as I like to call it. Good, but Mara is basically untouchable (I get the feeling that she is venturing ever further into Mary-sue territory). However is it executed quite nicely. There aren't as many crafty political maneuvers in comparison to the first book but it is still an entertaining read. I wasn't too fond of the introduction of Kevin and the role that he had in the book. The further along I got, the mo...
  • Sumant
    I haven't read many series where in the second book is actually better than the first book, but Servant of the empire is definitely a book which manages to outshine the first book.The story in this book basically continues from where we left it in the last book, where in Mara had at that time manage to survive the Minwanabi.If the last book was regarding Mara's survival, this book is regarding her ascension to power, but it is not a smooth ascens...
  • livvingitup
    Lady Mara has defeated her enemies, but now she must navigate a treacherous path laden with vipers. Her barbarian lover causes her to rethink her world's traditions and open her heart to change, and now she must use her wits to overcome peril and ensure the survival of her family. Admittedly, I preferred the first book. Mara was more assertive and manipulative, and the book featured a series of thrilling deceptions. However, the second book posse...