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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On the whole, this oof a good and interesting novel. Hekat wouldn’t know charm or style if it rose in front of her from the ground and danced naked with a sparkly dildo while singing “I’m a Survivor! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Hekat is the most deeply crazy and disgustingly arrogant being ever written about, she is the super villain fmpress all times! It’s wonderful to have ones expectations so thoroughly overturned. No trivia or quizzes yet. This girl is ruthless. This is the first book in an exciting new trilogy and a work that highlights the writer as a talent to watch. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. That’s the real reason for the low rating. In this series Book 1. 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.

The world setting is also interesting. Empress of Mijak Empress of Mijak first edition cover. But as Hekat gains in power and status, it becomes terrifyingly clear that Hekat, rather than fear the darkness inside her, is perfectly willing to embrace evil, to cradle it, to grow it, and to use it as a weapon against her enemies.

She is devoid of any redeeming quality. For wmpress page book, Ms. My belief is broken when a grammar lesson involves proper English in a land with its own language. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Empress of Mijak

You can remove the unavailable item s now oc we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. She is almost unbelievable and almost unlovable but she pulls pity and sympathy as she fights to reach her ambitions and those of her god.

The first thing that struck me was how much I disliked the protagonist, Hekat. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her god, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak.

Mjjak is especially true in the more pulpy genres of fiction, like Fantasy, where customers have pre-existing expectations for what they are about to consume. So, I finally picked it up. It starts off in a desert land and weaves in a very complicated political intrigue.

Other characters who are much more sympathetic are set against her which makes all of her actions seem unnecessarily cruel and evil at times. However, I never felt emptess in the world like I have with other fantasy novels. A girl with no name is sold into slavery. The story is extremely well-written.

Self-centred, arrogant and completely uncaring of everyone around her, I found it impossible to feel any empathy for or interest in her. 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.

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 two. However, the problems within it detract from its strengths and make what could have been great simply good. Though the punishments run the gamut of medieval tortures and an occasional bolt of lightningthe order of priests who support this seem utterly unburdened by moral doubt.

This is the story of how cruelty creates and perpetuates itself. She is not a reformer of her corrupt realm; she is the latest installment in a long, corrupted line of despots who have ruled over Mijak with iron-fisted cruelty.


That being said, while the effect was bearable – and while I can understand completely the reason for doing it – the endless repetition weighed down the story like wet sand weighs down a beach towel.

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It gives us a vision that maybe the god is just the strongest voice of the moment, not the only power in the land. First, her father, a man as nameless to her as she was to him, for whom she feels only hatred and disgust. Hekat’s stark worldview and total self-confidence mean that she never faces a real challenge or even a difficult decision. Which leads me to a final point: Chocolate is my besetting downfall.

You meet Hekat in horrible conditions, and — for a spell — those conditions just get worse. I had previously read the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series by Karen Miller, and though I did have some issues with her writing, particularly when it comes to dialogue and the use of very silly accents to signify socio-economic class, I thought they were good reads and wanted to try another series by the author.

Insight From The Sightless: Empress Of Mijak: Godspeaker 01 by Karen Miller

I wanted to like this book. Published April 1st by Orbit first published June 1st Mar 31, Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it Shelves: We are so accustomed to identifying with the protagonist. I should add that while I found G. The main character of this book is Hekat – and you are not supposed to like her, or want to be her, or even live in her world. You are not supposed to like her.