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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Chocolate is my besetting downfall. As far as the setting, I had a hard time liking it.

Empress of Mijak

If this book wasn’t here, the next two would make you wonder “why is she like that? Though the punishments run the gamut of medieval tortures and an occasional bolt of lightningthe order of priests who support emptess seem utterly unburdened by moral doubt.

On to book two.

I am not one that usually dwells on writing style but it was pretty bad in this case. How to write a great review.

If you identified with the characters in this book well, with a notable exceptionthen I hope to never run into you in a dark alley. Not be the sole perspective you read from and 2. I think I’ll let some time pass before reading the second book although I know the rmpress takes place in another country and I’m curious about Zandakar – him, I like PS: The way the demons are often trying to persuade “sinners” to do things that most of us would consider the good thing, while the god is looking for death and destruction.


Yes, she wants to serve the god, and by certain accounts, that god appears to be real. I must know how it all will end. Views Read Edit View history. I didn’t plan on reading the next book because I can’t deal with Hekat but I’ve realised the sequel follows a completely new character in another part of the world so I think I will give that one a shot.

She turned her fate around, the god smiled empresss her and granted her wishes, she must be important for this to be the case. Millerin this first of a trilogy, disposes with such safe notions, bravely re-imagining a genre cluttered by banal knockoffs.

Preview saved Save Preview View Synopsis. I did feel the book was a bit depressing and really I could have done with the swearing and cussing mepress in half. Sounds intriguing, but Hekat is unbearable as a main character. With the single, strange exception that women can become warriors and godspeakers – a dissonance which is never explained – the misogyny of the setting is absolute.

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And here is another strange thing, between the static development and the pervasive religiosity: Dec 02, Terence rated it did not like it Shelves: If her other books are better, then emress just bad luck that I read this one first, because now I will never know what those other books are like.

It is a harsh and brutal world where survival of the fittest and adherence to the laws of the God is the only life the people know.


Godbells, Godsmite, Godthis, Godthat She learns how to ride, how to fight, and more. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books maddening because of their brutality, I also loved them because of the occasional sympathetic character Tyrion!

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At Kobo, we emress to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Because even if she is interesting to read about the final straw did come and I hope God will smite her wicked soul. Based in a desert world where the kingdoms are slowly becoming infertile, this world has a rigid, very patriarchal, social structure and a empresss handed religion that demands obedience.

Her master emress her a Hell cat, thus she chooses her name-Hekat. Refresh and try again. View all 12 comments. Feb 20, Sandra Glenn rated it liked it.

Graphic violence sometimes has its place in a plot, but there is such a thing as gratuitous violence. Empres conclusion is this; while not terrible there are a lot of reasons to dislike this book other than unlikable characters. Sep 24, Alasdair rated it really liked it.