Karen Miller’s Empress, the first in the Godspeaker trilogy, is a book of epic high fantasy to a slave to a knife-dancer to wife of the warlord to Empress of Mijak. [singlepic id=61 w= h= float=right]. If you are looking for dark fantasy, look no further. Empress by Karen Miller, first in her Godspeaker. This is the world that Karen Millar has built in Empress. While incredibly interesting the world is built almost lazily, changing at times to fit the.

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So, there we have it. We’re introduced to Hekat, whom many readers of this series seem to either love or hate. Beyond the fact that every character oc themself to be following the god’s will, and hoping they’ve got it right, there is precious little introspection, and even less sympathy.

But this story deserves to be told, and Miller’s writing pulls you in. Characters who are initially more sympat I wanted to like this book. Other books in the series.

Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy #1) by Karen Miller

What really bothered me the most is the worshipping of their gods and the portrayal minak the society. But there are so many other things that didn’t work well. Like extremes are considered normal in this world. I did not find myself rooting for her as the book went on.

Empress of Mijak

Feb 09, Kat Kennedy rated it it was ok Shelves: The world is harsh, women are less than dirt in some places and priest rule and cast down sinners.

Again, this is not necessarily a bad book. The terms Miller has invented to describe the panoply of her religion are a heavyhanded case in point: It made me wonder how easy it would be to manipulate these people into doing what I want them to do just by saying that the ‘god’ told me this.


This high priest has under their charge thousands of lesser godspeakers, who collect offerings from the people for the god and explain the omens the god gives people.

She learns to talk properly and to read and write but is soon unhappy with her future plans. Very long and at times confusing I enjoyed this book immensely for its vivided characters and twisted plot. Here, I read the entire novel from cover to cover and was enthralled in this fanta Karen Miller has succeeded in what other authors have failed at. I disliked the repeating use of God Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

View all 12 comments. Some people find her disturbing, but I find it helps to realize that we’re supposed to root against her. I realise that the author probably quite purposefully painted the society and its people as primitive, war-loving and harsh, and I can well imagine where the next two books in the series will go, but I will never find out. Miller has written a breathtaking tale that many fantasy readers may find confronting; she pushes the boundaries of the genre and brazenly hooks the reader page by page, chapter by chapter, as she weaves a magic that just seems to ooze from every sentence.

Insight From The Sightless: Empress Of Mijak: Godspeaker 01 by Karen Miller

She is rarely curious. Empress by Karen Miller was recommended by a coworker who knew I enjoyed fantasy novels.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’m interested to see if Empress of Mijak spawns a new kind of villain fiction. On the whole, this is a good and interesting novel. Mijak culture, aside from its godliness, seems remarkably impoverished. I used to have horses of my own, and spent lots of time and money showing, breeding, training and judging, but then I came off one time too many and so a large part of my life ended.


She is not a vehicle or touchstone for the reader, not a narrator or witness. This one of the first books I have never finished, but it is one about which I can see that the reason for ditching it was probably a matter of preference in storytelling, not because it was a poorly done book.

Her decision to not be slave to anyone but the god and the extreme ends she is willing to take to ensure that it happens. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

The logic behind doing this – or so I assume – is to heighten the sense that Mijak is another world with its own language and spoken cadences, so that it only looks unusual in English because it has been, in effect, translated.

Mijaj like to read other Karen Miller series. She insinuates herself into the barracks of the local warlord and eventually inveigles her way into the ranks of warriors themselves—no empfess feat for someone born in a backwater and malnourished and mistreated all her life. Her limited, yet all knowing perspective, is fascinating and pulls the reader into the story. Graphic violence sometimes has its place in a plot, but there is such a thing as gratuitous violence.