“Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.”
4.5! I am a sucker for this kind of story. Mara is 17 and thrust into the role of Ruler of the Acoma. She is an innocent of sorts since she was literally moments away from taking vows to renounce all worldly matters when tragedy struck.
The people, their traditions and surroundings remind me of centuries ago Japan. Honor of self and family is first and foremost and politics are 75% subtlety and 25% cunning. I loved it. Mara moves people around like chess pieces as she becomes more versed in the all important ‘Games of the Council’. Left with most of her Honour Gaurd destroyed and no allies she must outwit seasoned warriors and diabolical rulers. I was entranced and hooked from the third page. I want to tell you so much more but i don’t want to give anything away. The collaboration of Feist and Janny Wurts was brilliant.