Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy #1)
Her name is Hekat--
And she will be slave to no man.
In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader.
But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her god, from blood-d
First, the dialect quickly grows tiresome. The native language of the characters is formal, ritualistic and somewhat broken at the same time. Were it only the dialogue, it would be tolerable, but the narration is written in the same dialect. 700+ pages of it is too much, especially since an integral part of the language seems to be the misuse of the comma. If all of the run-on sentences were removed, there would be no book left.
Second, the book revolves arou...more
Now if only I could convince her to write a strong, resourceful female protagonist that I actually like.
The story is extremely well-written. The world that Karen Miller creates is something that many authors fail at: a world that is immersive. S...more
When the author's idea of representing the ignorance of peasants is to have them talk like The Cookie Monster* you know you're not in a good place, literature-wise.
* Mea culpa: I impugn The Cookie Monster - at least he used verbs.
Empress by Karen Miller was recommended by a coworker who knew I enjoyed fantasy novels.
My one sentence summary:
A woman believes herself to be the instrument of god whether she is or not.
From page one, Hekat's narrative voice was captivating. Her limited, yet all knowing perspective, is fascinating and pulls the reader into the story. She is not a good person, and whether she is acting on god's will or her own remains unclear. However, I kept reading to see what she w...more
The main character, Hekat, is fascinating (for all of several minutes). After a childhood of neglect and abuse, she enters adulthood with a pathological commitment to the acquisition of power. This, combined with boundless arrogance and cruelty, makes her completely inhuman, an archetype. The sympathy her childhood s...more
I wish I hadn't, and there is very little chance of me ever picking up another book by her.
EMPRESS is a horrible waste of time, the worst kind of "poor and dirty child betrayed by parents a...more
I really wanted to love Empress, but by the time I was 2/3 into it, I hated who the protagonist had become. I simply cannot enjoy a book unless I can identify with the main character at some level. I got within 50 pages of the book's end, and couldn't quite finish it.
Also, it was unclear to me whether Miller's imagined world actually contained magic, or the c...more
It's an epic fantasy that has a detailed setting and some really unique touches. It's about a common girl who, through a combination of ability and ruthlessness, raises herself to power.
It's also depressingly flat. Most of the characters are unlikeable, and aren't interesting enough to make up for that. Hekat sees things in terms of black and white, which makes her reactions predictable and her few moments of introspection dull. Characters who are initially more sympat...more
Very long and at times confusing I enjoyed this book immensely for its vivided characters and twisted plot. If you want a challenging and simulating re...more
I will go no further for fear of spoilers....more
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. GRRM's ASOIAF has nothing on it. Hekat is the most deeply crazy and disgustingly arrogant being ever written about, she is the super villain of all times! She is more evil and horrible than the Governor in The Walking Dead. This aside many forget this is the first i...more
The world is harsh, women are less than dirt in some places and priest rule and cast down sinners. Warlords rule districts and th...more
While Karen Miller is proficient with words and had neat concept and plot, I think the major mistake was writing this book from the point of view of Hekat. Hers is a character that I would have enjoyed and been more fascinated with had she been viewed from the perspective of others, not f...more
Hekat is a very very scary woman, one that borders on the psycho side. Miller does a great job in bringing her character alive. While many people can't relate to her, you understood why she was the way she was. However I was glad that she couldn't jump out of the pages at me because if she did I would probably have died of fright....more
if you don't mind reading a 700+ page tome and you like high fantasy, you might enjoy this. I am reminded of the old Tanith Le...more
I enjoyed it quite a bit. even though, li...more
I read it all the way through, however, be...more
Karen Miller makes it very clear that she has more than one rabbit in her hat when it comes to weaving a story.
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. It is a harsh and brutal world where survival of the fittest and...more
Empress is about a girl who grows up with no name, in a dirt-poor village on the edge of a desert, unwanted and unloved. She gets sold to a passing trader, who anticipates being able to train her as a concubine. This event triggers something in the girl, some hidden ambition or untended guile. She gives herself a name—Hekat—and begins plotting, eagerly soaking up everything Abajai the trader can teach her. When she discovers that he only...more
Also writes as "K.E. Mills"
Lord, do you really want to know?
Oh, all right.
I was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came to Australia with my parents when I was 2. I think. Dad’s an Aussie, Mum’s English, go figure. Talk about Fate and Destiny. But three passports come in hand...more