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Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  5,041 Ratings  ·  476 Reviews
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-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of
ebook, 717 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published June 1st 2007)
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Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This is now my favorite book. I strongly urge anyone who hasn't read this to read it, and to read it with this in mind- you're not SUPPOSED to like Hekat. I grew tired of seeing reviews with people rating it only one star because "she's too mean" or "there's just something about her that makes me hate her." Hekat is set up in the first book to show you the background of the villain; to give you a look into how she got the way she did later on. If this book wasn't here, the next two would make yo ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no human being on the face of the planet
Shelves: fiction
This is the worst book I've ever read.

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
Kat Kennedy
Empress is something different. Kudos to Karen Miller for doing something that I have been ranting about for too long. Creating a strong, resourceful female protagonist. She does this in the form of Hekat, our eyes and ears to the unique world of Empress.

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
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers and up, with parental discretion
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Zabe Bent
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are ready for a different sort of story and a different sort of protagonist
Update: I've been rereading with a writer's eye lately. This book is probably not for everyone, but it is brilliant. We are so accustomed to identifying with the protagonist. We want to root for the hero. Hekat is no hero, which spoils the enjoyment of this book somewhat. But this story deserves to be told, and Miller's writing pulls you in. If you can find a way to be as brave a reader as Miller is a writer, you won't be disappointed. On to book two.
Karen Miller's writing doesn't disappoint.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an academic interest in writing fiction.
Shelves: fantasy
Despite the single star I gave it, I'm tempted to recommend this to serious fans of the fantasy genre, as a case study. While I found it belaboured, it has some genuinely good ideas.

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
Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Perhaps it's because I'm coming down from a China Mieville high having recently finished Embassytown but trying to read this was an awful experience.

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.
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this trilogy in Hastings for my birthday this year. I had seen it a couple times on the shelves before and my mother has always gave me this rule: If you see a book--or a series--on a shelf and you are unsure of it then leave it be. If you come back the next two or three times and the book is still there then you're meant to pick it up. So, I finally picked it up. 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 ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING, SPOILERS INSIDE and also, READ THE WHOLE SERIES, this book is not meant as a standalone!!!

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
Melania Ramona
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like original fantasy and are not disgusted by to much blood
I give this book 4 stars because the world Karen Miller creates is truly unique and she manages to make it terrifyingly real and complete. The story is different also. If, at the beginning, I felt pity for Hekat, at the end I couldn't feel one ounce of simpaty for her, on the contrary. It was a tiresome novel, the sacrifice and fight scenes (and there are a lot of those) are so bloody they sometimes become sickening. They remind me of the bloody rituals of the Incas. Also, like someone else said ...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
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Other Books in the Series

Godspeaker Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Riven Kingdom (Godspeaker Trilogy, #2)
  • Hammer of God (Godspeaker Trilogy, #3)
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