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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Trivia About Empress Godspeak Newer Post Older Post Home. Anyway, we see the rise of Hekat, once unwanted she-brat, to the great Empress of a blood thirsty nation and a prophetess of sorts to their bleeding God. The passage of time is something I feel Miller handles well.

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The God-Stone War Book 4. A woman believes herself to be the instrument of god whether she is or not.

This is the world that Karen Mijsk has built in Empress. I did not find myself rooting for her as the book went on. 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.

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If this book wasn’t here, the next two would make you wonder “why is she like that? You might be surprised!!!


At most, you can empathize with her one real moment of loss which comes, no joke, on the very last page. That’s the plot in a nutshell: The god is referred to on just about every page, and its presence quickly becomes oppressive. Every thought and phrase of every character is sifted through this context, emprwss that the repetition takes on a ritual flavour.

I’m going to read the rest of the series, even though I fear that the subsequent books will return to the realm of standard fantasy. This is the story of Hekat, slave to no man. She hurts people and enjoys it.

You meet Hekat in horrible conditions, and — for a spell — those conditions just get worse. Hekat is the most deeply crazy and disgustingly arrogant being ever written about, she is the super villain of all times!

While we don’t actually see or learn about The God, the religion of Hekat the main protagonist and her world is present on nearly every page. It is NOT chosen.

If you need a light in the darkness or a character to whom you can give some love and feel good about, this is most probably not for you. Sympathizing with Hekat is impossible; it’s only possible to wish she would have died in the first chapter so that one wouldn’t imjak had to suffer her existence throughout the entire novel.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be dmpress. Every page, I want to know more, I want to see who did what, and what happens next.

A father who kills his own flesh and blood when it runs away, and who trades them to strange men for gold. If you are a fan of character driven epic fantasy with strong characters and great world building, than this is the novel for you. 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 empresw who has been so psychologically and emotionally abused is exhausting.


And now comes the part where I’m conflicted – more deeply so, in fact, than I’ve ever been in relation to gauging any other book. Og aspect of daily life is ruled over by a nameless, genderless god who requires regular blood sacrifice and whose symbol is the scorpion; in turn, the godspeakers who enforce these rules wield a smpress power that is used both to heal and smite, though more commonly the latter. Sunday, 17 April Empress Of Mijak: This event triggers something in the girl, some hidden ambition or untended guile.

Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy #1) by Karen Miller

Hekat, a girl born no better than a slave to an unloving father who beats his wife. Now finally the plot. A page fantasy like something ripped out of an ancient Sumerian myth of chariots and kings, a mash-up of an Old Testament epic and heavy metal lyrics.