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Mon
Jul 14 2014 3:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 9

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! Finally a chapter in which almost nothing terrible happens. Phew.

Chapter 11: Renewal

SUMMARY:

Mara performs the ritual of mourning with her husband’s ashes—with notably mixed feelings as compared to when she did this for her father and brother. Her father-in-law arrives at the gates. While her soldiers prepare themselves to defend her if necessary, Mara goes out to Lord Tecuma’s litter and presents Ayaki to him; hardly the ideal circumstances for this ceremony.

Cold in her presence, Tecuma calls her a murderess and makes it clear to her that he knows she must have engineered for Bunto to make such a public insult to the Warlord and his father.

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Mon
Jul 7 2014 3:00pm

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 8

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is where Mara's machinations finally begin to pay off - and it's not a pretty sight. Once again, she gambles hard on the Game of the Council, with everything at stake...

Chapter 10: Warlord

SUMMARY:

As the Acoma household rallies itself in preparation for the honoured guests who are about to descend, Nacoya is worried about her mistress. Mara looks like she is preparing for war, rather than a dinner party.

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Mon
Jun 30 2014 10:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 7

Daughter of the Empire reread Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is another 2 chapter week, largely because I’m trying to get through Mara and Bunto’s marriage as quickly as possible. Also, Arakasi’s coming home! It’s about time.

Chapter 8: Heir

SUMMARY:

Mara is very pregnant now, and convinced that her baby is a boy. Buntokapi has been proving what an appalling master he is for months now, and the slave girls are clearly quite jumpy and stressed about the sexual demands he places on them.

Mon
Jun 23 2014 10:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 6

Daughter of the Empire reread Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This is one of the chapters of which I have the strongest memories from this book, both positive and negative… let’s unpeel the layers of that, shall we?

Trigger warnings for domestic abuse. Yeah, so there’s that.

Chapter 7: Wedding

SUMMARY:

Mara endures the long and complex formalities of her wedding ceremony to Buntokapi, third son of the House of Anasati. Included among the guests are the Warlord himself, attended by two Great Ones (magicians) and high-ranking representatives of all of the Five Great Families except for the Minwanabi, who are excused because of the blood feud. Representatives from all the houses are seated according to rank.

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Mon
Jun 16 2014 2:00pm

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 5

Daughter of the Empire reread Raymond Feist Janny WurtsWelcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! Two chapters this week. Mara gains a spy network, and negotiates to host a new cho-ja queen on her land… giant insects holding tea parties, people! How can you not love these books?

Chapter 5: Bargain

SUMMARY:

Arakasi, former spymaster of the fallen Lord of the Tuskai, negotiates with Mara for the service of his spy network. They are impressed with each other, but Arakasi insists his network must remain anonymous even from her.

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Mon
Jun 9 2014 9:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 4

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This week, Mara approaches the Anasati family as suitor, playing a dangerous game.

Chapter 4: Gambits

SUMMARY:

Tecuma, Lord of the Anasati, awaits the arrival of the upstart Acoma girl.

His advisor, Chumaka, is impressed at the presumption of Mara, to ask for a marriage with Jiro, Tecuma’s second son. Of course, it would be an excellent and powerful match for Mara, as it would mean she could expect Tecuma to deplete his resources in aiding her blood feud with the Minwanabi. But Jiro can do better—and while Tecuma has no love for the Minwanabi, he has reasons of his own to enjoy watching the Acoma family disappear.

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Mon
Jun 2 2014 9:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 3

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This week, Mara traps herself an army from the unlikeliest of places, hoping to win them over with charm and semantics. She also makes a vital choice about her future husband.

Chapter 3: Innovations

SUMMARY:

Mara’s caravan of goods trundles slowly through the mountains with a small escort, inviting itself to be hijacked. Finally, the grey warriors show up and the bandit leader, Lujan, declares the lady to be a hostage. She has other plans.

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Mon
May 26 2014 9:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 2

Daughter of the Empire Raymond E. Feist Janny WurtsWelcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire. In this installment, we get political commentary, business advice, and Mara starts figuring out how to be Lady of the Acoma. Meanwhile, her old nurse gives her a sex talk.

Chapter 2: Evaluations

SUMMARY:

Mara awakes in the glade to find the assassin dead at her feet. Her throat is bruised, but she has been rescued by her Strike Commander, Papewaio.

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Mon
May 19 2014 9:00am

Rereading The Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 1

I’m re-reading the fantasy trilogy that meant the most to me as a teenager, starting with Daughter of the Empire (1987) by Janny Wurts and Raymond E Feist. I remember it as being a devastatingly clever, female-centred political drama in a fantasy world. Let’s just see, shall we?

CHAPTER 1: LADY

SUMMARY

In the temple of Lashima, the Lady, Goddess of the Inner Light, seventeen-year-old Mara prepares to renounce the world and join the Order of Lashima. She is giving up everything in service to her goddess, including her personal honour, and that of the great family Acoma into which she was born.

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Mon
May 19 2014 9:00am

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: An Introduction

Rereading the Empire Trilogy

When I was thirteen years old, I didn’t exactly discover epic fantasy on my own. I acquired it as a social defence mechanism. I came home to Australia after half a year in the UK to find that my friends had discovered epic fantasy in my absence, and I was going to have to catch up in a hurry in order to make sense of their conversations.

Seriously, they weren’t talking about anything else.

So in I leapt. By the time my fourteenth birthday came around, I was well and truly hooked—not only immersed in this genre of swords and thieves and magic and really fat books, but I was now planning and writing my own ten-book epic series featuring a pair of twins, a prophecy, a rogue, a witch, a traitor…

Ahem. We all have to start somewhere.

[Adventures in epic fantasy: discovering Feist and Wurts’ Empire Trilogy]

Mon
Dec 9 2013 11:00am

The Main Character in Their Own Lives: Does Diversity Make YA SF/F Better?

Mural Josh Sarantitis A Secret Book Philadelphia

Julia Rios of the Outer Alliance and Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press recently ran a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible to raise support for Kaleidoscope, a proposed YA anthology of contemporary SF and fantasy with protagonists of diverse backgrounds. They were looking for main characters who would help create a broader picture of what a ‘typical teenager’ is, whether through their race, sexuality, culture, or living with a disability. As examples of what they were looking for, the editors of Kaleidoscope had already commissioned works by Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Vylar Kaftan, and Jim C Hines.

During the fundraising process, they also ran a month-long carnival of diversity on their blog, featuring a variety of essays from writers, presenters, publishers and readers about what diversity in pop culture means to them, why it is important, and how hard it can be sometimes to battle your own internal barriers to put such experiences on the page.

[Calling for greater diversity in YA: thoughts, discussion, and recommendations...]

Thu
Dec 6 2012 2:00pm

Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.

Fantasy author Tansy Rayner Roberts on historically authentic sexism in fantasyThere was a great, thoughtful article at The Mary Sue on one of my pet topics: the common justification of sexist fantasy fiction being that it’s historically authentic.

I am BUSY today, far too busy for a rant, but then I felt one coming on, and was worried I might end up with a migraine if I tried to stifle it. You know how it is. So let’s talk about sexism in history vs. sexism in fantasy.

WARNING, ACADEMIC IN THE HOUSE.

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