Empress (Godspeaker Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 ...

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Sold into slavery by her father, the girl-child Hekat discovers a world unlike the small confines of her rural village. The slaver Abajai treats Hekat differently from his other purchases because he sees something in her that marks her as chosen by the god for bigger things. The author of The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage launches a new series set in an exotic desert culture and featuring a fierce young heroine. A good addition to most fantasy collections
—Jackie Cassada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316008358
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Godspeaker Trilogy Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 511,509
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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 with speculative fiction. She's held a variety of interesting jobs but now writes full-time. Find out more about the author atwww.karenmiller.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    I'm glad I read this book

    Normally not a fan of fantasy I decided to broaden my genres, and I am glad that I started with this book. At first I was in love with Hekat the main character and as I read on I grew to dislike her! Never have I read a book that I completly dispised the main character, and then fall in love with a different one, but I believe this book to be a stepping stone to the other books to come... I am sooo excited to read the next book to see what is going to happen!!! I highly recommend that you read this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    An interesting approach.

    To enjoy this book I think you're supposed to understand a few things. First, you are going to despise the main character. This is intentional. Why? Because she is a villain. Why is she the main character? I suppose to set the stage for the next books.

    It's interesting to start a series from the other side, to get inside the deranged head of a power obsessed and narcissistic psychopath. She believes she's touched by her god, and the evidence keeps confirming that she was destined for "greatness". Who would dare oppose her?

    Their culture is a brutal and harsh culture based around sacrifice and blood, which has religious significance to them, kind of like the Mayans. Hekat makes for an intriguing "heroine", and she reminds me of some kind of wild bloodthirsty beast who refuses to be tamed by anything.

    So if you are looking for endearing and lovable characters you are going to hate this book. But if you're looking for a modern fantasy with one of the most memorable heroines you will read about then you might really enjoy this. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2009

    A good fantasy book

    I just finished reading this book today. I read some of the reviews afterwards to see if I agreed. The book is definitely worth reading. It does a good job of making you wish for the main character to succeed then wish for her to die. At one point, I called her likable villian but then she became even more villanous. I am buying the next 2 books tomorrow. I think the biggest issue some people have with main character is not taken in context. Many fantasy books start with little people like slaves or orphans and hard lives, that grow to do big things. They become noble and heros along the way. If you consider the transformation, it is not normal. Hekat was a goatslut slave barely treated better than a dog. Until she changed her own destiny by doing something very dangerous. Then, she had to continually prove herself in a savage world. Why would such a person develop compassion? Why would they become a hero? I think the author developed her in a more realistic manner than other standard fantasy books I have read. I liked it and think it a worthy read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Religious Zealot Tries To Rule The World

    This book had so much potential when I began reading it. The setting in the middle eastern like land of Mijak was so real I felt as though I was walking in the sun parched landscape. What ruined the book for me was the main character. When I got the book I was hoping for a nice rags to riches or slave to Emperess story with lots of character growth. Instead I got a main character who was a religious zealot psychopath who mutilates herself, swims in blood, and kills to please her god. I read the whole book hoping for the main character to find some sort of redemption instead all I got was more revulsion from her self centered insanity. Throughout the book the character never changes despite her change of status in society. I usually like the anti-hero types but this one had nothing to her I could stomach. I would not recommened this book to anyone.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Horrible.

    This book was brutal and harsh. Very vulgar and disgusting. The main character is kind of evil. She grew up in a harsh world and went through alot and the character was a product of that environment. i kept thinking as i read on, "it must get better, It MUST get better." but it never did and i was sorry i wasted my money. Deep down i hoped that the main character would grow a heart and show some type of compassion but she was so cold and the book so graphically brutal that i was kind of traumatized. It leaves disturbing mental images.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Brutal but well written, enthralling epic

    This book is NOT for the fainthearted. It is set in a brutal world, complete with lots of blood and sacrifice so much that my stomach turned, but it was enthralling. I, too, did not like the main character in fact I hated her, she matched the world but I simply wanted to find out what happened to her. My advice: Read at your own peril!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Not worth your time

    I enjoyed Ms. Miller's previous books and was looking forward to reading this latest. However, I couldn't even finish it -- it takes place in an ugly, brutal world with a completely unlikable main character. I just couldn't get past my dislike for her and found her to be completely unbelievable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    My problem with this book isn't the writing or the concept. The

    My problem with this book isn't the writing or the concept. The writing is quite good, only occasionally florid. The concept is interesting and a welcome relief from the usual sub-Tolkien medieval fantasy landscape. The main character, Hekat, undergoes an extraordinary transformation from a life of miserable poverty to a position of power and influence. She does it not by sleeping her way to the top, or by marrying a handsome prince, but by sheer force of personality and faith in her destiny. My problem is that she stops developing at a certain point and becomes tiresome. I understand that we are supposed to begin to see her as dangerous, as a zealot, but almost everyone else is completely one-dimensional and linear, too. I hope the rest of the series shows a greater degree of character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    A little too vulgar for my tastes

    I prefer my fantasy fiction less spicy. Jordan, Eddings, Jordan, Tolkien are more to my taste. Didn't finish it because of the vulgarity, i.e. four letter words.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    A long read.

    The beginning of this book was a very slow for me. I actually ended up having to put the book down for a few months before picking it up again to finish it. Due to this I'm hesitant to pickup the others in the series. The book itself is fantastic, just so very slow to get through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Bleh

    Repetitive with shallow and unlikeable characters

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I recently finished reading this book and enjoyed it. I will wa

    I recently finished reading this book and enjoyed it.

    I will warn those that are interested in reading this book: it can be tedious, the main character is not likable, and (since this is a fantasy book) the culture is very different from what we're used to. It also involves a lot of blood and animal sacrifice, so if you can't handle that, I don't recommend reading this.

    Once you do immerse yourself in the world of the book, however, it was very enjoyable and well written. I like that the author decided to do something different and have a main character that is, well, unlikable. Most books don't delve into the perspective and development of a villain, so it was a nice change to see that with Hekat and how she came to be as zealous as she is by the end of the book. There is, also, a lot of development into the characters, their religion, and the world around them. I definitely recommend trying out Empress for something refreshing and different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Loved it

    I have read all 3 books in the Godspeaker trilogy and loved it! It has many twists and turns for all 3. Great if you love thick books that lasts more 2 days. I highly recommend to any reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    I have read literally hundreds of books, most of them sci-fi, bu

    I have read literally hundreds of books, most of them sci-fi, but I couldn't force myself to get through this one. Formulaic and odd voice of the narrator proved distracting. The only book in the past 5 years I have not finished.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    How did this get published?

    When I read the first few pages in the bookstore, I thought to myself, "Hmm not bad. Female protagonist, she's in a bad place but looks like she'll get out of it." so I bought it. Oh boy. I never have wasted money like this before.

    Miss little Hekat. Oh how you suck. I'll get to her but first lets talk about this world.

    It's a very middle-eastern looking world with a desert slowly expanding. No one knows why or how, but it's proving to be a problem. The people who live there... are completely insane. These guys worship this scorpion god thing whose symbol is an eye (Sauron much?). And they offer blood sacrifices to it. And how. The desert situation must not be as bad as they make it out to be if they can find enough animals to slaughter and fill a pool of blood on a daily basis. Not just pools, every single time they pray they kill an animal. Morning prayer? Kill an animal. Afternoon tea? Kill an animal. Football kick off? Kill an animal. The place must stink.

    Oh and the slave dudes collect their people's pee... No explanation.

    And Hekat becomes the empress of the looney bin. After finding out that once you're sold as a slave you will always be one, she runs away and then cuts her face so she would not be beautiful and can serve her god better, also to make sure her owners could never recognize her.

    This doesn't work. At all. Oh and she joins the army or something.

    Enter Mister Warlord, whom upon seeing her, suddenly gets a stiffy for her. Hekat sucks at hiding. Eventually she marries this guy and begs him to take her, you know what I mean, right in front of his army so they can watch. What is wrong with this girl!? Oh and she cheats on him after a couple miscarriages.

    She thinks their god loves her cuz she's beautiful and special, she repeats this over and over and over!

    So yeah it gets pretty boring for a while as she plans for world domination through her son. When suddenly the book shifts gear and now her son is the leading man. Huh?

    This happens about a third of the way in and it might as well have given me whiplash. It still wasn't good. Her son meets a gal on his conquest and brings her home to mom. Big mistake. Some bull crap happens and I don't remember the rest. I think the book just ends right around there.

    So all in all, awful. Don't buy it. I beg you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Brilliant

    There are so many twists and turns that keep the reader on their toes. This work most definitely NOT PREDICTABLE

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Not my fav

    Too predictable

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    worst ever!!!

    I couldn't even finish it!!!!!...save your money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Great Book

    I picked up this book just because; I started reading on the bus and could not put it down. I loved Hekat and then I hated her. I loved how the story unfolded. I found myself repeating things that she would say. I was so intrigued by the plot and how Hekat came to be. I would have never expected her to character to develop as it did. I was shocked and mad at the ending, I truly did not expect it. I could not wait to get the other two books in the series. I look forward to spending the rainy days reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Perhaps the second most depressing book I ever read

    I freely state I haven't read the other two books of the series yet, so maybe the first one makes sense in their context.

    I started reading this and was going along ok, when everything took a turn for the worse. For the most part the characters are woefully unlikeable, but they are full and well defined. The culture created in the book is complex and rich, but abhorrent. I am struggling as to whether or not I should read the next two, I found the book so unpleasant.

    Please don't think I am knocking the book. It seems very carefully constructed with interesting story choices and writing choices. I just found, and I think it was intentional on the authors part, that the characters and setting were so foreign I had to make myself finish the book.

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