Daughter of the Empire: An Epic Saga of the World on the by Raymond E. Feist

By Raymond E. Feist

Magic and homicide engulf the world of Kelewan.  Fierce warlords ignite a sour blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni.  While within the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot crafty and devious intrigues opposed to the rightful heir.  Now Mara, a tender, untested Ruling woman, is named upon to guide her humans in a heroic fight for survival.  But first she needs to rally a military of insurgent warriors, shape a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy.  Only then can Mara face her most threatening foe of all--in his personal impregnable stronghold.  An epic story of experience and intrigue.  Daughter of the Empire is fable of the top order by way of of the main gifted writers within the box at the present time.

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Tradition demanded the show of loss before her ancestors. Again she tore her robe, ripping it from her left shoulder so it hung half to her waist. But the shout that followed held more anger at her loss than sorrow. With her left hand she reached up and tore her gown from her right shoulder. This time her sob was full-throated as pain erupted from the pit of her stomach. Traditions whose origins were lost in time at last triggered a release. AH the torment she had held in check came forth, rushing up from her groin through her stomach and chest to issue from her mouth as a scream.

Without words she led them from the inner temple, under the awning that covered the garden court separating the inner and outer temples. They entered the outer temple, passing between giant sandstone columns that rose to the ceiling. Down a long hall they marched, past magnificent frescos depicting tales of the goddess Lash-ima. Desperately attempting to divert the pain that threatened to overwhelm her, Mara remembered the story each picture represented: how the goddess outwitted Turak-amu, the Red God, for the life of a child; how she stayed the wrath of Emperor Inchonlonganbula, saving the city of Migran from obliteration; how she taught the first scholar the secret of writing.

He paused, while the gardener made an instinctive sign of protection: the Red God was feared. ' 'They are not part of the normal worship of Turakamu, mistress. ' Nacoya's voice implied reprimand. ' Expecting to be led away, Mara began to turn toward her quarters. But the old woman held her; too shaken to question, Mara obeyed the cue to remain. Papewaio stepped away from the others, then dropped to one knee in the grass. The shadow of the ceremonial gate darkened his face, utterly hiding his expression as he drew his sword and reversed it, offering the weapon hilt first to Mara.

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