Empress

Empress

Book - 2007 | First Orbit edition.
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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 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 ...
Publisher: New York : Orbit, ©2007.
Edition: First Orbit edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780316008358
0316008354
Branch Call Number: MIL
Characteristics: 717 pages :,map ;,17 cm.

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JEM_LPL
Nov 20, 2016

I've read 200 page books that seem to stretch on for 2000 pages, but this is one of the few 700 page books that seems like it's only 70. The protagonist (one dares not call her a heroine) is born into a village so misogynistic that it makes John Norman's planet of Gor seem like an egalitarian paradise. She doesn't even get a name until her father decides to sell her to some passing slave traders, and then she decides to name herself; Hekat.

Hekat is beautiful (standard fantasy) and she naturally falls in love with the first man (the slaver) to show her any kindness (more standard fantasy). When he cruelly tells her that she is just a product to be sold, she doesn't weep the way a standard fantasy heroine would; she attacks him. What's more, she decides she won't depend on any man to help her rise to the top; she's ruthless, cruel, clever, and (once in a while) kind.

I'd like to put in a good word for Miller's world building too. Where many fantasy books are set in a vague, Middle Ages European world, Hekat's country is a desert nation where they follow a sadistic religion based on a scorpion god. I certainly wouldn't want to live there, but it was enchanting to visit for a few hours.

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Dragalcat
Aug 12, 2013

The beginning had me hooked - gritty, real, and fascinating universe with interesting religious interplay. But Hakat began to get very one-sided and predictable the further the book went (and somewhat annoying), and most of the secondary characters began to blend into one personality as well. Great potential, I think, but rather disappointing.

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NekoAngel
Jun 28, 2013

A very harsh story. First dark book that I've read but it was wonderful. Everything was very real and I couldn't put it down. The next book in the series is completely different and the third is a mixture of the two worlds. Really different writing styles but melted together great.

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Megz_M
Aug 04, 2011

Set in a very interesting world and I loved the sadistic religion. The beginning was great and interesting, but unfortunately Hekat got really annoying, making it hard to finish.

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bbbg
Nov 16, 2010

Too dark and upsetting to finish,,,,has been almost 3 months and just now starting to read again.

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