|Submitted by Jeadin Trander|
(Jun 03, 1999)
The very best book of the whole Empire Trilogy in my own opinion - This time, as Servant of the Empire, Mara of the Acoma faces graver danger than she once had. Instead of mere danger from rival houses, the brotherhood of asassins - the Hamoi Tong - seeks for her death, and, the Assembly of Magicians sees her as an ultimate threat to their ancient power.
Her great source to information - her spy network lead by Arakasi, her Spy Master - was found being compromised by cunning spies of the House Anasati.
The Assembly of Magicians, the Great Ones, who wield power and was not bound within the laws of the Empire, were feared by all. To defy them is cruel death by agony. How would Mara be able to overcome their threats? The brotherhood of asassins - known as asassins who would sacrifice their own lives to kill another - seeks for her death. Would Mara survive?
These questions intrigues the mind of the reader throughout the book, answered as we follow Mara along with her experiences and adventures. We share her sorrow through the death of her firstborn son, Ayaki, and triumph at sucessions, rise to position and gain the title she would finally be given...Mistress of the Empire.
I truly loved this book. Hope you will, too.