Mistress of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurst
The conclusion to this story is fulfilling with the right amount of sacrifice, loss, hope, and triumph. The only thing I could say as a negative is it almost ties off too many loose ends. I like my stories a bit messy. But, I know how much loose end drive a lot of people crazy.
The enemy is insidious and costs Mara more than previous novels. Easily the darkest and most desperate of all the novels. It showcases Mara’s steel spine and resolve.
Also, if you love her spy master as much as me you get to learn more about the character. He is one of the most complex characters in the story. If you don’t it never overwhelms the main plot more of a running subplot.
This installment is really all about trying to swim upstream. Mara has had to challenge tradition to survive. She’s admired innovation, and other cultures. The true test arrives. She was willing to risk her family, her house, and her life to change Tsurani values. It is one thing to find different way to do thing, another to be a catalyst. There has been history who has dared to force society to wake up. It is always an uphill battle with no guarantee of success.
Inequality is a conflict that speaks to a lot of people. Everyone has seen some kind of injustice no matter how small. We wanted it to be different. Here is a woman who does. That’s a powerful feeling either way you look at it.