Riftwar - Kelewan (with Janny Wurtz) by Raymond E. Feist
The Empire Book Trilogy is a fantastic book that has left me captivated and wishing for more.
I have loved Feist's and Wurts' use of grammar and the ideas that have gone into these books. The way that they have linked all of the events around the Midkemian slave and sorcerer Pug is quite crafty and I applaud them for their effort.
The three books center around one young girl; Mara of the Acoma. I have loved reading these books over and over again.
These books are constantly read in my home and are quite battered.
Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts really outdid themselves with these books and although I am not able to concentrate completely on Raymond Feist's Riftwar books, I am always able to pick up the Empire Trilogy and read it with enthusiasm.
This trilogy is one to read over and over again.
Submitted by Thom Roker
The Empire Trilogy, co-authored by Janny Wurts, is a stunningly written and wide scoped epic that weaves in with the Riftwar Trilogy at the crux of both stories. The hated Tsurani become suddenly real and less alien, despite their rigid and ruthless society. This project gave life to the possibility of an ongoing link with the world of Kelewan.
From what I've read, both authors had influential roles in the story's development and writing, yet Wurts's style comes out inevitably. I came to this series later than the release dates intended, yet found that the only pre-requisite was reading Magician.
Submitted by HunterLionheart@Gmail.com
I've read a fair few fantasy novels and series', but by far the best series I've forund is this.
The Empire trilogy is such a well written world, from its oriental roots, down to the small crossovers and ingenius ideas in the story.
The whole concept is just amazing- I'm 16 and have read it 3 times now, but, along with Magician it ranks as the best thing I've read.
Between this series and the Riftwar saga, Feist has proved himself, at the risk of being torn to pieces with e-mails, superior to J.R.R Tolkien.
Submitted by jnic
The Empire books are great. They showed how things were happening on the other side of the Rift. At some point while reading I browsed through the other Feist books. Since I didn't get to buy all the books in chronological order, I was curious about the backgrounds of the different characters.
Now I'm just two books away from completing my collection. In the case of the Serpent War Saga, I had a hard time, since the books weren't available anymore in the bookstores here in Manila.
For me, Feist is the most brilliant fantasy writer I've come across.
Submitted by Zack
To tell you the truth, I'm a loyal Tolkien fan, but I got sidetracked by Feist. The Empire trilogy is absolutely excellent. All the characteristics of a good story are present, with the pleasant addition of almost Roman-like martial arts. The concept of complete honour really amazes me, and brings a whole new perspective to fantasy.
Also the characters such as Papewaio and his fight scenes really pump the adrenaline around your body.
All in all, I feel that Feist can place himself on the podium next to Tolkien, which in my opinion is a honour which no other living author has.