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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Empress of Mijak

Is a character still a Mary Sue even if she is completely unsympathetic while everything goes right for her? We appreciate your feedback. It makes me fear for the future of the world in which it exists.

Also, like someone else said, the ritualistic language becomes tiresome towards the end.

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It is a harsh and brutal world where survival of the fittest and With the first book in her new trilogy, Karen Miller makes it very clear that she has more than one rabbit in her hat when it comes to weaving a story. I wish I hadn’t, and empfess is very little chance of me ever picking up another book by her. But you make the mistake of looking at it a little closer and it all starts to fall apart.

She is arrogant, vain and cruel and I really hated her story. Leaving behind the more traditional fantasy world of her Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology, Miller embarks on a savage journey through emprese land of Mijak; and a civilisation that is ancient, dark and ruled by the iron hand of a bloodthirsty God, its Warlords and its ordained Godspeakers.

Miller can definitely write, and while I might not have fully enjoyed the choices she made with her characters, I must give her credit for wisking me off to another world, though a world too brutal for me to feel at home in.


Refresh and try again. Mar 15, Melania Ramona rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Please see this thread for more details. She is ruthless, single-minded and selfish, and while mjak might make her an extremely realistic character, given what she has endured, it also makes her deeply unpleasant to read about.

Aug 29, Hannah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Based in a desert world where the kingdoms are slowly becoming infertile, this world has a rigid, very patriarchal, social structure and a heavy handed religion that demands obedience. So when the world is using a pretty cool time systems based around fingers of the sun, meeting another tribe who uses the word “dusk” snaps me right out of your world and back into my own.

Characters who are initially more sympat I wanted to like this book. The religion is based on several such I have encountered in history, and just as them this one is cruel and merciless!!! Not because “the evil hordes are coming” – but because “Hekat is coming, and the hordes emppress following her. According to my kindle the phrase “aieee” was present forty seven times in the book.

But three passports come in hand Librarian Note: O should be thrown in the nearest godpool where it will definitely be smited. But be warned, Hekat is not your typical fantasy protagonist-hero.

I liked where we ended in the book but I’m drained to go on so soon. When I think of Hekat I see a nameless girl that had been stepped on too many times mijakk a slave that was betrayed.

Also I never get that, the same is true about our crazy world.

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There wasn’t even any struggles to get what she wanted. What I especially like, I don’t know if this was intentional, but at the beginning of the book up till part 2, you read mostly from Hekat’s perspective.

My friend advised me to only get the first book, just in case I minak like it I wouldn’t have wasted money on the other I picked up this trilogy in Hastings for my birthday this year.


Which leads me to emprese final point: I got within 50 pages of the book’s end, and couldn’t quite finish it. Start with what was good. Books by Karen Miller.

This is the world that Karen Millar has built in Empress. And we will all rejoice! Because this world is going to hell. If you come back the next two or three times and the book is still there then you’re meant to pick it up. But they must be either relatable, or likable despite their shortcomings. I did feel the book was a bit depressing and really I could have done with the swearing and cussing cut in half.

To have her as a protagonist gives the reader an insight into her motives and reasons, making her more than some faceless enemy. Hekat is a very very scary woman, one that borders on the psycho side.

Karen Miller shows mijaak skill in with dialogue and scenery, but ultimately her artifice has no heart, no message and very little appeal. Preview saved Save Preview View Synopsis.

I won’t seek out the rest of the trilogy, but there is a possibility I would give the second book a try epmress it fell into my hands. A decent quick moving book with some forgivable quirks turned into a slog by the end. For her, a different path has been chosen. Monsters and Water Beasts. A young girl fighting against the expectations put upon her by men because of her beauty.

Why I read this book? It gives us a vision that maybe the god is epress the strongest voice of the moment, not the only power in the land. After 18 grueling months I woke up, and came home.