The Riven Kingdom (Godspeaker Trilogy #2)
The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the Princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman.
Dexterity Jones is a toymaker. To protect Princess Rhian and his country, he must place his trust in an exile from Mijak. Yet, as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits.
Across the sea, an Empress has alr
I'd actually go so far as to say that the first book isn't necessary at all to enjoy the series. In retrospect, the first book is a tale that could have been woven more deeply into the second book - maybe through Zandakar's nightmares, or maybe through "Hettie" inspired flashbacks.
There really was no need for the horror and unlikable characters and religion of the first book except to provide 700 or so pages of contr ...more
I relates mo ...more
Rhian is a princess in a country far far away from crazy Mijak. Her father is dying, the Church prolate is pressuring her to marry some idiot. But Rhian gets her POV st ...more
After hearing that the second book in the Godspeaker series left Mijak, I was a little unsure about reading it. However, I liked the first book so much that I had to read The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller.
My one sentence summary:
Rhian must team up with a toymaker who talks to his dead wife, a grumpy physick, a reluctant man of god she despises, and a dangerous foreigner with blue hair to claim the throne that would have been hers by birthright if she weren't a woman.
The good: The repetition and gore of the eastern 'Empress of Mijak' has been replaced by a more polished, western european-esque nation much more in the line of standard fantasy. Miller is obviously more comfortable with this kind of setting as the unneccessary repetitive shoving of religious detail has been kept to a minimum, allowing us to concentrate more on what's ...more
I found myself dropping this several times and coming back to it because I absolutely love Zandakar and hate his mother Hek ...more
It seems The River Kingdom is run by Kings and Religious leaders like in the dark ages when the Catholic church had such great power. This is a classic story of separation of church and state and the difference between a religious leader and a man of G ...more
The Riven Kingdom delivers the improvement in spades. The primary improvements that come to mind: focusing the action o ...more
So... a bit of background: I disliked this book at first. I picked up Empress on whim at a bookstore years ago and was honestly... enthralled by it. Considering how the pacing contorted at times and how lengthy it seemed. It was like a fervor akin to Hekat. (Joking...maybe) So imagine my complete and utter dis ...more
I remember some good snippets from these books (couldn't say which book they came from, though) and that is quite rare so it must have left an impression. Good characters, good anti-heroes, good setting and storyline. Perhaps a bit loose toward the end?]
I have to admire the author for her confidence in presenting the books in the order she did, but I wonder how many people are out of by the first and don't continue.
Anyway in book two we are introduced to Rhian, sat by her fathe ...more
I purchased this series all as one book. While it began strong, it faded fast. I found myself halfway through the series with little desire to continue forward. I lost interest fast. I did, however, manage to finish this. It was long, and there was a lot of irrelevant information and details. I found it overall to be tiring, and I can't say it’s a series Id personally recommend. I enjoyed the original concept, and creativen ...more
I just felt it was all very predictable, which is one of the reasons I gave it 3 stars instead of 4. The other reason is due to the fact the antagonist was dealt with so quickly. I was ...more
Miller introduces a completely new cast of characters, but continues the exquisite world building found in Empress. By the end of the novel, the reader learns that Ethrea faces a far greater threat than the succession crisis in which the kingdom has been so deeply absorbed.
I'll be honest - while she was a horrible person, I found Hekat to be a much more interesting character. Though a good many of her actions were despicable, I found that, during the course of reading Empress, ...more
However, I suddenly understand why Karen Miller is so well thought of. "The Riven Kingdom" isn't set in the land of Mijak, but in the distan ...more
The Riven Kingdom takes us out of Mijak and ...more
The Riven Kingdom is about the struggle of power within a kingdom who has lost its king and its two male heirs. Females are vie ...more
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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