In the final book of the Empire Series, Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist stepped up to the plate and smacked another home run. I thought the first book in the series was one of the best fantasy books I’ve read. The second was an excellent book, but I felt it slipped in a few places. With Mistress, they have returned with another masterpiece.
The plotting was tremendous, taking the reader through political intrigue and subterfuge, and a host of sub-plots. IMO this was a well-thought-out process that kept you wondering how Mara would come out victorious, even though you knew she must. The characters continued a fantastic line of development that started with the first book, and the authors introduced some new characters that were just as rich and interesting as the others.
And the storytelling was great, but as good as the plot and storytelling were, I think my favorite parts of these stories were the secondary characters. Wurts and Feist have created some of the best supporting cast I’ve seen. The spymaster was outstanding, as were many of her loyal guards. The only one I didn’t like was Kevin.
I had no trouble deciding what to rate this book. It was one of the easiest five stars I've ever done.