Empress

  • by Karen Miller
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, slave to no man.

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I can't help being contradictory

Unlike the previous reviewers, I think that Hekat is appropriate for the culture, which is strangely consistent with early human cultures. The land of Mijak is cruel and harsh and utterly subservient to their deity. Hekat reminds me a great deal of Joan of Arc, though her temperament is more consistent with a badger... though perhaps slightly less pleasant. I can sort of picture their own culture, centuries later, trying to puzzle out whether she was a lunatic or a zealot... or perhaps both.

Hekat is the major character among a cast of primarily static characters that manage to produce a very dynamic history. She is never (in her mind) a slave, though she is sold as a slave in the beginning of this book. Her strong will finds her defying the expectations of all who surround her as she does what she believes that 'The god' wills of her, attending to no words other than those internal words she believes that she can hear and interpret.

'The god' is a rather barbaric and yet attentive god, that seems to offer great reward and punishment both self inflicted and manifested divinely among its people. This deity awards the 'god speakers' with the power to smite the wicked, which in turn is virtually everyone. This close relationship between the god and the people seems to have a variety of affects both on the culture and the people individually, ranging from a greater level of civility to outright insanity.

This book details a grand design of 'The god' for its' people, which uses our heroin to manipulate the powers of the land to make way for a new era. Though she seems to serve the plan zealously, she seems almost autistic and sets herself apart from all others, be they friend or foe.

This story is new and original. You will not be reading events that take place in every other fantasy that you have read or heard. I can see why people seem to love it or hate it :)
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- David Oldfield

depressing and left me feeling empty

Starting out with a young girl sold into slavery. She is hostile and bitter because of her mistreatment. You expect something to change as she starts to grow to be a young woman, but this character is so vial that at the end of the book you can't understand how she actually was able to get away with all that she did. Yes there was magical powers involved but the story just left me empty. at the half way point I skipped to the last 20 minutes. It really didn't get better I enjoy the Narrator but this was a total waste of a credit.
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- Bonnie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio