Daughter of the EmpirePaperback - 1988
Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all--in his own impregnable stronghold.
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Now, from the imagination of two of fantasy fiction's hottest young talents, comes an astonishing epic that takes readers into the heart of the exotic Tsurani empire, where formal courts mask deadly intrigues. Murder and magic encircle the mysterious world of Kelewan, where a valiant girl leads her followers through terror and peril - and discovers her own womanhood. She is Mara, Ruling Lady of the Acoma, who in her heroic struggles for survival must contend with powerful rival houses, strike deals with sinister rebel warriors, and forge a treaty with the enigmatic Cho-ja - a race of alien insectoids. But in order to restore the house to pre-eminence Mara must trade her heart for power as she marries the son of an enemy - all the while plotting his death. Mara's bold and desperate gamble enables her to get past assassinations and betrayal until she must confront her most dangerous foe. In his own stronghold...
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