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Servant of the Empire continues the trilogy set in the world on the other side of the Rift. As before, the politics and warfare of Midkemia take a backseat to the maneuverings of the Tsurani families, and the struggle for survival among the most powerful figures of the Empire. And as before, the story's framework follows the convoluted balance of tradition the sustains the game and the ingenuity that Mara uses to her advantage.
As impressive as Mara is--and as central to the story as she is--the really outstanding character here is Kevin, the Midkemian slave. It's interesting to see how he struggles to balance his relationship with Mara and the Acoma with his loyalty to his countrymen. After all, in the eyes of the Tsurani he is a slave, yet he is key in safeguarding the very people he has every right to hate and despise. It's an interesting conundrum, and a very fascinating situation to observe. After all, here we have a man who has risen to leader among the slaves who, to survive, aligns himself with the Tsurani, even helping them with tactics and military manuevers. Can anyone imagine what sort of strain that must be placing on his conscience? On his loyalties?
Servant of the Empire continues the adventures of a new heroine in the land where Pug of Midkemia rose to power as Milamber of the Assembly. Beyond witnessing anything the Great Ones might do, however, who knows how far Mara will bend tradition and law to ensure the survival of her family and the Empire? You'll just have to read and see!
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