Daughter of the Empire
By Raymond E. Feist, Janny Wurts
Why this book?
This is the first of a trilogy, which involves the struggle of a woman who finds herself as sole heir and Ruling Lady of her family, facing against rival houses, and the Assembly of Magicians, who see her as a threat to their ancient power. Mara is a brilliant female main character and is a splendid example of how to write one. I still take inspiration from her when writing my own female leads. Both Wurts and Feist have melded the magical story of her struggles into a backdrop of stunning descriptions of the landscape and class system, transporting you into the story to be fully immersed and invested in Mara’s fate. It is very much unlike any other series I have read.
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