Review: The Riven Kingdom – Karen Miller

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.
My thoughts:
Book 1 was one tough cookie. I hated and feared the main character, and I was glad this one moved on to another person, cos honestly I could take no more of Hekat’s crazy brutality (still one good dark book!). Book 2 is different but here something else had me all riled up. The same old thing, religion. I will explain soon enough.
Rhian is a princess in a country far far away from crazy Mijak. Her father is dying, the Church prolate is pressuring her to marry some idiot. But Rhian gets her POV stronger later on. First the book is about Dexterity, a simple toymaker who sets out to save his kingdom and the princess. Just a crazy old man who gets visions. Zandakar also shows up in this book…and I will say nothing more, but he is different now, you know after his mother Hekat killed his wife and child. These 3 come together and journey through the kingdom.
Ok can I now go off about religion? Yes? Yay. Ok Marlan, the Church prolate, grrrr, I want to smite him  and tear apart his wicked soul (yes this series makes me violent). I hate, I loathe people who do bad things and make them seem right by telling people it’s God’s work. Marlan was a greedy man who wanted to rule the kingdom and use poor Rhian as a breeding mare. If I could go into the book and punch him I would. So yes he is one of those bad guys you just love to hate.
And while Rhian is trying to become queen the mighty army of Mijak is continuing to conquer. How on earth she will be able to save her kingdom I do not know. Hekat and her army is unstoppable. And they have their evil Scorpion gods on their side. Yes everything they do is right in the eye of God. How can one stop that?
It’s a book I had a hard time putting down, it made me wanna keep on reading and I really wish I had book 3 right now.

Paperback, 768 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published 2007)
The Godspeaker Trilogy, #2


41 thoughts on “Review: The Riven Kingdom – Karen Miller

  1. says:

    SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT PAGES!!!! Holy COW. That is one long book. LOL. I love how passionate you are about this book series, for hating some of the characters so much to really getting into the story line…it's wonderful when we all find series like this. I might need to check out book 1 and I look forward to your review for book 3. πŸ˜€

  2. says:

    P.S. I also HATE when people do evil things and claim that it's God's work…it's just wrong and there is a special place in Hell for them. (Even if it's in book character hell for these people!) πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

  3. Carole Rae says:

    I got really confused and I nearly emailed you telling you are already posted this review…but then it struck me that I was bad and read this on Goodreads first. hahahaha. Silly me.But I agree…I absolutely detest when people do evil things and label it as "God's work". GAHHHHH!

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    It's fantasy, that is normal πŸ™‚ And I need it to be big.I do tend to be passionate yes. There are just things to be passionate about. Like the crazy B in the last book. And here about that stupid priest.I neeeeed book 3. I should buy it. But then I should not buy it.He is totally going to these people's Hell and he will BUUUUUUUURN

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    Haha, I was there today. I commented on a review and talked about an author…and it was the wrong author. I just saw the last name.He was just so grrrrr die

  6. DMS says:

    I love that this book brought on such strong feelings. That makes me want to start the series! Book 2 sounds like it was really good and I hope you get book 3 soon. :)~Jess

  7. Yvonne says:

    It's not my kind of book, but I love when a book is hard to put down and you anxiously await the next one in a series. Great review!

  8. Jenny says:

    Ooooo I love a book that gets me all riled up! And I'm with you, people who do awful things and claim they're right because God told them to do it irritate me to no end. And inspire violence in me, so clearly I will have a similar reaction to this book!

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    Haha, you would totally feel the same then. Oh the times I want to find a shovel and hit the priest with it. But then a bad guy needs to be bad and he was that

  10. Ryan says:

    Now that I finally finished WOT this year, and seem to be caught up on the other series I read, I need to find something else. Maybe this series will work.

  11. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    It sounds like this book got under your skin, and I do love villains you love to hate. Using religion as an excuse to do whatever you want is horribly manipulative. Definitely want to read this now, thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s