Servants of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 1991. Bantam Spectra.
Book #2 in The World On The Other Side of The Riftwar.
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.