Review: Empress – Karen Miller

Her name is Hekat–
And she will be slave to no man.

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.
My thoughts:
Wow, this book has no heroine, instead it has a cold insane bloodthirsty bitch. She would cut you down for just looking at her. She puts the B in bitch. If I had read this book from another POV I would have hated her and hoped scorpions would feast on her heart, but as it was worked. She was strong, ruthless, and the end, I mean omg, what a fucking bitch! A true anti-heroine. I hope she dies.
The world is harsh, women are less than dirt in some places and priest rule and cast down sinners. Warlords rule districts and the land is cold and bloody. The religion is God and Demons and I do wonder sometimes who is talking to Hekat, demons or God? Because someone sure is. And it’s not making her any saner.
The book is also bloody and raw. She is sold as a slave and soon learns a lesson, which seems to make her even more insane. But then she did grow up without a name, often chained to the wall, never spoken too and only referred to as a she-brat. As girls in her part of the worlds were nothing. Also I never get that, the same is true about our crazy world. What are they thinking? You are just gonna end up with men and no women, yeah real clever thinking there.
At the end I want more. Because this world is going to hell. War is tearing the world apart, blood is flowing like rivers and no one is spared. Kids are killed, women are killed, everyone is killed. I must know how it all will end. And I do hope Hekat gets what is coming to her. Because even if she is interesting to read about the final straw did come and I hope God will smite her wicked soul.
A dark and interesting start to this series.

Godspeaker trilogy #1
Paperback, 717 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published June 1st 2007)


40 thoughts on “Review: Empress – Karen Miller

  1. Mel says:

    I really like Karen Miller's books and I never really liked Hekat either. It's a tough act to balance a character you hate but still want to know what happens to them!

  2. BookaholicCat says:

    This books sounds so different that I want it. Loved this part of your review: "I would have hated her and hoped scorpions would feast on her heart" I didn't know you were that bloodthirsty. lol

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    That it was, and that is why I liked it. I read that some did not like it cos she was so evil, I mean come on. That is not a reason to dislike all of it

  4. Mari says:

    This sounds like a read equally parts intense, interesting and horrifying, B! This was an excellent review and you made me want to read the book, in spite of myself 🙂

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