The Empire Trilogy tracks the rise in power and prestige of
Mara, a young woman who finds herself unexpectedly inheriting the leadership of
a major aristocratic family – the Acoma – in the vast and sprawling Empire of
Covering roughly twenty-five years of Mara’s life from the age of seventeen, it tells the tale of how she manages to survive the deadly political intrigue of powerful enemies who successfully engineered the deaths of her father and older brother, leaving her the last surviving scion of the ancient and honourable Acoma family, and the rise against all odds and expectations to become the most influential individual in the Empire’s entire history.
The first book in the trilogy, Daughter of the Empire,
begins with Mara, the second child of the powerful Lord Sezu of the Acoma,
about to dedicate herself to a lifetime of pious contemplation and scholarly
service in the temple of Lashima, Goddess of Wisdom.
At the critical moment of initiation, however, 17-year-old Mara is interrupted with the terrible news that her father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield of a distant war, victims of the political machinations of an even more powerful family with whom there exists an ancient blood feud. As the last surviving scion of her family name, Mara is forced to assume rulership of her family’s extensive lands, resources and workers, or consign her noble family name to history.
The Empire of Tsuranuanni comes across as a cultural blend inspired by aspects of medieval Japan and the Aztec Empire.
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