Karen Miller’s Empress, the first in the Godspeaker trilogy, is a book of epic high fantasy to a slave to a knife-dancer to wife of the warlord to Empress of Mijak. [singlepic id=61 w= h= float=right]. If you are looking for dark fantasy, look no further. Empress by Karen Miller, first in her Godspeaker. This is the world that Karen Millar has built in Empress. While incredibly interesting the world is built almost lazily, changing at times to fit the.

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My friend advised me to only get the first book, just in case I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have wasted money on the other I picked up this trilogy in Hastings for my birthday this year. However I was glad that she couldn’t jump out of the pages at me because if she did I would probably have died of fright.

And here is another strange thing, between the static development and the pervasive religiosity: She always got her way and while it was entertaining because she just grew more and more ruthless, it did become dull because you knew as the reader that she would win in the end. Stylistically, Miller has made a deliberate decision to write the whole novel using a run-on sentence structure, with commas used where one might normally find full stops, colons or hyphens.

She would cut you down for just looking at you. And thus the first Godspeaker book begins. Published April 1st by Orbit first published June 1st In theory, it’s the kind of book I’ve been craving. Danaerys Targaryen, for example, is a lot like Hekat, and also does some terrible things, but I love her character because she isn’t pure evil.

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mijai While I didn’t love the book it was really entertaining. With no way of knowing what she has been told, and with her devotion to the god never in question, it is impossible to tell why she does things, where the line is between her own desires and those of the god if it existsor if there’s a line at all.

So I won’t be reading the other two books in this trilogy – they’ve already been cleared off my shelves and will be going to the charity shop. The sympathy her childhood s Despite the single star I gave it, I’m tempted to recommend this to serious fans of the fantasy genre, as a case study. Reading the book, I did fall into the rhythm of the writing; I got used to reading that particular voice, and it did feel representative of the culture.


Another reviewer commented on Hekat’s “choice of lovers” and that threw me for a bit of a loop, since I don’t think Hekat would be too pleased with the use of the term “lovers” or “choice”. mijka

Unfortunately, the story mjjak does not do justice to the villain-as-hero paradigm shift. At times, she is explicitly, desperately seeking the approval and admiration of the men in her life. All in all, I was disgusted with this book and will not read anything by Karen Miller ever again. Mills ” Lord, do you really want to know?

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I can’t recommend this book enough for people who love ‘gods are absolutely real’ fantasy, and love their main characters complicated and confusing.

Jul 22, Ivette rated it did not like it Shelves: We follow her emress she grows and watch as she slowly works herself further and further into a better life under the service of The God. Kids are killed, women mijwk killed, everyone is killed. Hopefully someone will appreciate them more than I did. You are not supposed to like anyone because they are all people and people are inherently morally ambiguous!!!

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Leaving behind the more traditional fantasy world of her Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology, Miller embarks on a savage journey through the land of Mijak; and a civilisation that is ancient, dark and ruled by the iron hand of empgess bloodthirsty God, its Warlords and its ordained Godspeakers.

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But I don’t think that the author was trying to make some deep connection to our world reference, yet it was interesting thought by itself.

Teenagers and up, with parental discretion. She hurts people and enjoys it. She has made me completely despise the main character of this novel. The only other major character is, somewhat unusually, the god. The sights and sounds of the world are vividly described, even if they’re not for the squeamish lots of animal sacrifice.


In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader.

As many other reviewers have pointed out, this is repetitive to the point of annoyance. She is more kin to rats than human beings, but then women in her world have only one, predictable purpose, to produce children, preferably boys. But he gets more than he bargained for, as Hekat has made a deal with the God and stands in its Eye — and she will be ruled by no man. Miller does a great job in bringing her character alive.

It feeds her pride. If you want a challenging and simulating read I would definitely advise this. From then on Hekat decides that she will be no mans slave. To view it, click here. The g-d-speakers are its priests and they are the creators and enforcers of the g-d-laws. On the other, I kept hoping something would happen to help me understand Hekat or the direction that the story was taking. Along the way, Abajai teaches her how to speak courteous Mijaki, how to dress, and how to sing and dance, and holds her away from the rest of the slaves.

She lets nothing stand in her way. God exists in this world. I used to have horses of my own, and spent lots of time and money showing, breeding, training and judging, but then I came off one time too many and so a large part of my life ended.

In this way, Hekat keeps trading up, starting as the poorest and most wretched of creatures and attaining—well, without spoiling it, the book is called Empressmmkay? While I could sympathize and in some cases empathize with Hekat’s position, feelings, and perspective, reading a story from the point of view of someone who has been so psychologically and emotionally abused is exhausting.