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: The Villain Protagonist

I would like to start with the fact that this is the darkest book I have ever read and many will hate it or completely miss the point. 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 a bloodthirsty God, its Warlords and its ordained Godspeakers. When she finally discovers this and runs away, our sympathies go with her.

The main character for most of the novel is Hekat, who we watch grow from an unsure unnamed unwanted she-brat to a slave to a knife-dancer to wife of the warlord to Empress of Mijak. Oct 07, Heather rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Sunday, 17 April Empress Of Mijak: If you are a fan of character driven epic fantasy with strong characters and great world building, than this is the novel for you.

A father who kills his own flesh and blood when it runs away, and who trades them to strange men for gold. The gore fits the world. This page was last edited on 28 Marchat The Fall of the Dagger.


The only other major character is, somewhat unusually, the god. This, combined with boundless arrogance and cruelty, makes her completely inhuman, an archetype.

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Dru Dostaler Yes and no. She no longer becomes completely understandable to the reader and you have to see both her view to get an understanding of the world and others view to get and understanding of her.

Hekat would be a textbook example of a Mary Sue … if we were supposed to like her.

Empress by Karen Miller was recommended by a coworker who mkjak I enjoyed fantasy novels. Multiple reviews of the second book—which has already been released in Australia—contrast the two books, going so far as to call the characters of the first book barbarians, bloodthirsty and evil.

If her other books are better, then it’s just bad luck that I read this one first, because now I will never know what those mljak books are like. Start with what was good. She grows into a beautiful woman and through ambition and manipulation, Hekat becomes a powerful woman eventually taking over the rulership of Mijak However, your mileage may vary.

Want to Read saving…. For she is strong, she is powerful, she is beautiful, she is chosen of the god. On the whole, this is a good and interesting novel. She is not a good person, and whether she is acting on god’s will or her own remains unclear. The readers’ desire to root for her quickly dissipates, turning from hope, to pity, to possible understanding, to “I hate her, she is horrible”, to WTF????

A nameless she-brat was born in a desolate desert area where female children were seen as worthless. It may not make sense but it works well for this book.


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In theory, it’s the kind of book I’ve been craving. From The Week of July 11, Often times, in literature, it does not pay to be inventive dmpress courageous.

I somehow doubt that I’m missing much. I didn’t plan on reading the next book because I can’t deal with Hekat but I’ve realised emress sequel follows a completely new character in another part of the world so I think I will give that one a shot. I can handle antiheroes, but they must have some spark of underlying humanity, and the world of Empress was just dark, dark, dark.

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Preview saved Save Preview View Synopsis. Mijak culture, aside from its godliness, seems remarkably impoverished. On the too-much hand, there are sudden leaps in time between the end of one chapter and the start of another, so that while we start with Hekat as a twelve-year-old girl, by the end of the book her eldest son is well into his twenties. Unfortunately the book stops short of having the reader sympathize with Hekat and her God, always framing them as unknowable and other.

Apparently this was the author’s intention, to create the background for a villain character – well if so then hat’s off to you, Emprees. This is an adventure not to be empresa.