Servant of the Empire - Empire, Bk 2 Author:Raymond Feist, Janny Wurts Mara of the Arcoma, Ruling Lady of her house, has established herself as a force within the Empire and a deft player of the Game of the Council, the politics of the empire. When she finds a nobleman among a band of slaves from Midkemia, she soon involves him too in her political struggles.
I've read and enjoyed every one of Raymond E. Feist's Krondor books and the Riftwar Saga but this one is my absolute favorite. The plot is fantastic and complex without losing you in the midst and the characters are people you want to meet and spend time with. If you haven't read it... DO SO.