Empress by Karen MillerEmpress by Karen Miller


byKaren Miller

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 2008

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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 Mijak.

This is the story of Hekat, precious and beautiful.

A new fantasy trilogy of power and politics, treason and betrayal, and the rise and fall of Empires ...
Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK after graduating from university with a BA in communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in elementary school, where she fell in love wi...
Title:EmpressFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.5 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316008354

ISBN - 13:9780316008358

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from long, long, so goddamn long interesting starting idea but rapidly becoming tedious and unreadable.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Falls flat Empress by Karen Miller is a dark novel that has the potential to be the start of an epic series, but unsympathetic characters and lack of plot depth makes it fall flat. The storyline revolves around that of Hekat, a girl sold into slavery who manages to escape and rise to greatness in her adopted country of Mijak. Everyone’s actions are guided by Mijak’s God, an entity whose power can heal or smite as deemed necessary. As Hekat grows older, she works with and for the God to fulfill its goals in the world. The biggest problem with Empress was its characters. The majority of characters introduced are shallow. They are introduced to further the plot and then immediately discarded. The reader is left wondering why they were led to invest so much interest in these people only to have them dropped a few chapters later. In addition, the main character lacks any traits that would allow the reader to sympathize with her. Indeed, Hekat’s arrogance and pride leaves the reader feeling annoyed and repulsed by her. With regards to the plot, many of the characters’ actions are a result of the “God’s” wishes which they obey unquestioningly. Therefore the plot does not include much adversity or intrigue. There is no reasoning, everyone simply charges ahead, confident that they are in the right. By far the most pleasurable part of the series is the world building. With Mijak, Karen Miller has created an interesting and believable fantasy world. The dialogue and expressions used adds new facets depth to the world she has created. One can imagine what life would be like in a world where God is shown to exist. In my opinion, Empress is not as great as Karen Miller’s other works. I would highly recommend skipping the Godspeaker trilogy and trying one of her other novels.
Date published: 2010-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Intense Empress is a stirring tale of young Hekat, who is purchased for silver and grows to be worth far more than that. From the start of the journey she is wily, intelligent, and fierce. She is touched with an arrogance that leads her into trouble, but she still ends up victorious in many endeavours. I was sceptical about this novel, as its themes are highly influenced by a monotheistic-type religion within it. However, this god is no passive entity that merely watches - it is real and it speaks and reacts, and Hekat becomes its finely-tuned weapon for its own purpose. The novel does have harsh and gritty moments, and the language never holds back, so those who are easily offended will find offence here. However, I firmly believe that it's worth getting past this offence for a great story, as the ending will stick to your skin and make you eager for more.
Date published: 2010-06-15