Hammer of God by Karen MillerHammer of God by Karen Miller

Hammer of God

byKaren Miller

Mass Market Paperback | January 1, 2009

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In Ethrea, Rhian sits upon a precarious throne. Defiant dukes who won't accept her rule threaten the stability of her kingdom. Dexterity has been banished from her court in disgrace. The blue-haired slave Zandakar, the man she thought was her friend, has been revealed as the son of a woman sworn to destroy her world. And Rhian's husband, King Alasdair, is unsure of her love.

The trading nations refuse to believe Mijak is a threat, and promise reprisals if she dares protect her realm. Only Emperor Han of mysterious Tzhung-tzhungchai knows that the danger from Mijak is real.

But is he an ally, or an enemy in disguise? As she struggles to learn the truth, and keep her embattled crown, the murderous warhost of Mijak advances ...

THE HAMMER OF GOD is the stunning finale in the Godspeaker trilogy, the new fantasy blockbuster from an author who is taking the fantasy world by storm.
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...
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Title:Hammer of GodFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316008370

ISBN - 13:9780316008372

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing conclusion The Hammer of God attempts to be an epic conclusion to Karen Miller’s Godspeaker trilogy, but instead leaves the reader annoyed and frustrated with its abrupt ending. In this final novel, Ethrea is finally aware of Mijak and the dangers it represents to the world. It revolves around their attempts to convince their allies to contribute to an armada capable of defending them from Hekat and Dmitrak’s approaching army. Of course Queen Rhian must also solve her country’s internal disputes and solidify her hold on the crown. As with my reviews of the other two novels in this series, The Hammer of God’s main weakness is its dialogue and characters. The characters rehash the same arguments over and over without introducing new facets or reasoning until the reader becomes frustrated until miraculously, several chapters later one person will finally acknowledge they were wrong and capitulates. There was very little character growth, and Rhian’s decisions between the previous novel and this one seem to be out of character. Emperor Han’s character also seems like a convenient plot device. While the character is vaguely interesting, it is never explored in depth. It would have better if he had been introduced in an earlier novel so that we could get a better grasp of him and his country’s abilities. Again, the realism of the book is ruined by the overly fast timeline the author adopts. The idea that Rhian could learn to use a short sword in 2 weeks well enough to defeat men who have used it for a lifetime is ludicrous. The same goes for the country’s attempts to create an army out of its civilian populace. To be fair, the author does acknowledge that Ethrea’s army was no match for Mijak’s, but even the descriptions of the training lacked in credibility. Overall the Hammer of God falls as flat as the previous two novels. The storyline was predictable and the dialogue stale. The ending was very abrupt and lacked emotional depth. I suspect the author has left several parts of the story deliberately unresolved for future sequels. I highly recommend that you avoid this series in favour of one of Karen Miller’s other novels.
Date published: 2010-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fast-paced conclusion In this final book of the trilogy, the story comes to an end with the ultimate conflict between Mijak and Ethrea. While the final battle is a long ways away from the beginning of the book, the build-up to it is well worth it. Don't be surprised to see many well-loved characters die in the final battle, but the battle itself is exactly what is to be hoped for. A stunning conclusion.
Date published: 2010-07-15