The Riven Kingdom by Karen MillerThe Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller

The Riven Kingdom

byKaren Miller

Mass Market Paperback | September 1, 2008

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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 already slaughtered millions in the name of her god. And the war will not end -until the world kneels before her.
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:The Riven KingdomFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.75 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316008362

ISBN - 13:9780316008365

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flimsy dialogue Second in the Godspeaker triology, The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller manages to introduce slightly more interesting characters, but poor dialogue and a mediocre antagonist leaves the reader feeling dissatisfied. The Riven Kingdom starts off by introducing a whole different part of the world called Ethrea. This tiny island kingdom has never heard of Mijak and is wrapped up in its own problems. The King has passed away and there is no prince to succeed him. The only solution is for Princess Rhian to marry so that a new King can be enthroned. However, Rhian decides that she has the right to rule in her own name. The plot revolves around Rhian’s battle to escape the machinations of the church and her father’s former councillors and win the throne for herself. However, she cannot accomplish this without the help of unexpected allies, including a banished prince from a land called Mijak… This second novel is jarring but slightly more pleasant change from the first. The characters presented in this novel are less disposable. However, most of them are not very original; Rhian is the inexperienced but courageous princess. Ursa is the sharp-tongued woman who does not care for royalty. Helfred is the foolish and stiff-necked priest. The king’s councillors are all stubborn and obtuse. Dexterity is one of the few characters who do not feel like a standard fantasy character, but that is only by comparison to the others. The main weakness of this novel is its dialogue. It feels like the same conversations come up again and again. In one chapter, Rhian vows that she will not give up her throne, in the next she worries that she does not have the strength to follow through, and then she regains her determination. Rinse and repeat this process for half the book and you will have an idea of what to expect. The antagonists in the novel are also lacking in depth. Marlan’s machinations could be believable sometimes, but at others, you are left scratching your head, wondering how he could ever get away with his actions. In addition the King’s councillors seem to lack the savvy to run their dukedoms. If the novel was more realistic, at least one of two of them would have been intelligent and political. Instead the way they are portrayed seems to indicate that the person who yells the loudest is the smartest. My biggest complaint with regards to the realism of the novel was Rhian’s learning of the hotas. The idea that she could become an expert swordsman in approximately 4 weeks is simply ludicrous. Overall, the Riven Kingdom is the most interesting of the Godspeaker trilogy, but weak dialogue and a flimsy plot leaves the reader wanting.
Date published: 2010-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich with politics and wonder In this second novel of the trilogy, the story begins with the kingdom of Ethrea and the young princess Rhian, who is the sole heir of her dying father's kingdom and thus a bargaining chip amongst the men who want to marry her off for gain. Rhian, however, is stubborn, and wants to marry for her own gain and no one else's. She also wants to keep her father's legacy alive, and keep the Church from interfering with the government. Her main antagonist is Marlan, the prolate of the Church, who seeks to marry her to a puppet of his in order to be the real king of the kingdom. What does this have to do with the first book? I'll tell you. Dexterity, a widower toymaker and lifelong friend to the princess, soon receives dreams from what seems to be the spirit of his wife, telling him that God needs him to help Rhian to the throne and that he must save a slave from death. All Dexterity knows is that this slaved is named Zandakar and that he is needed to save the kingdom. The major difference in this novel is that the God of Kingseat is passive, very unlike the god of Mijak. God's ambitions here are dependent on the men in the Church, who usually have their ears and hearts closed to the subtle messages that are being sent. I was impressed by this second novel. It ends on a cliffhanger, so I would highly recommend buying it and the third novel at once, so you don't keep yourself waiting.
Date published: 2010-06-26