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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 24

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

I’ve just about recovered from squeeing about Galactic Suburbia’s Hugo win, though not recovered from the cold which meant I spent the whole ceremony swooning on a couch. Thanks everyone for your happy thoughts! Now back to Mara as she returns from her fact-finding holiday to find a whole bunch of politics waiting for her…

[Chapter 24—Homecoming]

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 18

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

Mara is off on her travels again in this chapter of shipboard banter, cross country matchmaking, and doing the hipster tourist thing of avoiding the glamorous cities in order to trudge through the more ‘authentic’ areas of a foreign land.

[Chapter 18—Evasion]

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 14

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts!

This week: Arakasi tries to convince Mara he’d be okay with assassinating his sweetie, Jiro of the Anasasi is a sleazeball, and Hokanu has a terrible case of husband!fail. No children die in this chapter, hooray!

Chapter 14: Revelation

Summary: Six days later, and Arakasi is still being pursued by his enemies after making the entire Hamoi Tong look terrible at their jobs because he assassinated their Obajan.

[Chapter 14: Revelation]

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 13

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts!

This week it’s all hot girls and damp silk, as Arakasi infiltrates a pleasure retreat, hurls some concubines, and overthinks his recent one night stand with a honey-haired courtesan.

Chapter 13: Twist

Summary: After living as a beggar for a month, Arakasi has now finally made his move—he’s dressed as one of the Hamoi Tong, sitting in a tree in the Obajan’s private garden of his “pleasure retreat.”

[Arakasi also has a beard now.]

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 11

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This week: Arakasi is very good at seducing ladies but very bad at dealing with the Feelings that come afterwards. If only he had some sort of outlet for his emo. Sure, they don’t have Livejournal in Tsuranuanni but surely he could paint a few tragic poems on silk panels or something. Right? Right? Or maybe a therapy group for emotionally compromised superspies.

Someone write that webcomic, stat!

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

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This week: everyone starts remembering that Mara is actually the protagonist, and Arakasi needs his own theme song for spy antics.

Chapter 9: Miracle

SUMMARY: A wounded and possibly still bleeding Hokanu keeps vigil by Mara’s bedside, hoping desperately that the antidote is genuine. Lujan reports that the archers who set upon Hokanu on his way home were definitely part of an advance guard sent by Jiro of the Anasati. Now it’s Hokanu’s turn to declare war on Jiro! A fine family tradition.

Mara’s eyes open and she starts parsing the political implications of the situation even before she’s properly awake. YAY we have Mara back!

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 8

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! CSI: Tsuranuanni takes a darker turn this week, with some unexpectedly grim torture performed by one of our heroes.

Potential trigger warning for discussion of gore and torture. But it’s pretty mild compared to the chapter itself. Seriously, I don’t think the books have been this icky since the human sacrifice chapter. You have been warned.

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 7

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This week, it’s CSI: Tsuranuanni, with Detective Arakasi and Detective Shinzawai on the case.

Spoiler: the assassins did it.

Chapter 7: Culprit

Oh come now, Feist and Wurts, you know you wanted to call this chapter ‘Near Death by Chocolate.’

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 6

Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This is another sad chapter of sadness.

Potential trigger warning: this one covers a traumatic childbirth event with a sad outcome. Take care of yourself accordingly.

Chapter 6: Gambits

SUMMARY: Chumaka has also been having a very frustrating two years, work-wise. He has had agents lying in wait for the Nameless Spy Master of the Tuscai (aka Arakasi) for years, hoping they would reopen the corner of the network that he knows about—but he has been outsmarted.

[This time jump is messing with everyone’s heads.]

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