Raymond E. Feist is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels: Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Master, Siverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon, Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer and Faerie Tale. He has collaborated on three novels with Janny Wurts, Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire. He lives with his wife in San Diego, California. Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle and Fire trilogy (Stormwarden, Keeper of the Keys, and Shadowfane), Sorcerer's Legacy, and three collaborations with Mr. Feist: Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire. She is also a cover illustrator. She lives in Florida with her husband.
Feist, author of the Riftwar Trilogy, and Wurts, whose fantasy novels include Sorcerer's Legacy and Stormwarden, have combined their skills to produce this absorbing saga. Mara is taking her final religious vows when a messenger interrupts the ceremony to report the deaths in battle of her father and brother. Now Ruling Lady of the Acoma, the teenager must rally its depleted forces against many enemies, particularly Lord Jingu of the Minwanabi, who sent her menfolk to their demise. Hampered though she is by the rigid traditions of her Oriental society, Mara replenishes her army with the masterless grey warriors and skillfully reaches a bargain with the cho-ja, insectoid aliens. Her most dangerous gambit is a political marriage to cement an alliance. Deprived of overt status, she finds it difficult to manipulate her brutish but cunning husband. This full-bodied dynastic fantasy has the sweep and drama of a good historical novel about an exotic time and place. (June 19)