A rough and insane Cleopatra June 6, 2008Posted by taryn in fantasy.
Tags: cover art, fantasy review, fantasy trilogy, great read, karen miller, orbit
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Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy Book 1) Karen Miller, Published April 2008.
Karen Miller is a great storyteller. If you liked her previous series Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, you’ll enjoy this new series. Fast-paced and easy to get into, I sped through Empress and am keenly awaiting the next book: The Riven Kingdom.
Empress is the first in line to a new trilogy outing by Miller, Godspeaker. Mijak is turning into a desert, some of its provinces are failing, some are still green and fertile. Its citizens are fanatical about their Gods and making war. Mijak is a ruthless place run by Warlords and priests who divine the Gods will through entrails, blood, sacrifice and scorpions.
In the barren wastes, Hekat is sold into slavery but from the start knows that she is precious and destined for something great. Empress tells her merciless rise to power.
Mijak has a great ancient Egyptian feel, you can almost imagine Hekat as a power hungry and insane Cleopatra. Add to this a bit of puzzling magic and magical items (never fully explained), great “knife-dancing” and the battle, sacrifice and other violent scenes are gory and detailed. The plot holds no quarter, just when you think things can’t get any worse they do.
Check out the contentious reviews over at Amazon, over the book and Hekat in particular. Granted Hekat is not the most heroic or virtuous of characters but she cannot be ignored – I hated her for most of the book. Nevertheless she stands alone in her own right and I found her quite refreshing (plus there are lots of other nice characters to identify with).
Read an extract and decide for yourself.
I also found this interesting cover over at fantastic fiction, I think the UK cover is much better visually and the cheesy tagline doesn’t do much for the cover (Her name is Hekat and she will be slave to no man).
Look at this! Farseer graphic novel March 16, 2008Posted by taryn in fantasy.
Tags: fantasy trilogy, farseer, fitz, graphic novel, robin hobb
Wow, how cool is this? The Farseer Trilogy in a French graphic novel.
Thanks, to Patrick for this.
disappointing, but hobb nonetheless March 16, 2008Posted by taryn in fantasy.
Tags: cover art, fantasy trilogy, magic, robin hobb
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I bought this book, mostly to see the end of the trilogy. I love Robin Hobb, the Farseers and the Liveship traders trilogy are two of my favourite fantasy series of all time.
*Aside – The cover art of this series and all of Hobb’s books are fantastic.*
This series has been essentially about a clash of cultures – the western style Gernians vs the American Indian style Specks. The Gernians are pushing trade routes and “civilisation” into the forests, unknowingly killing the Speck’s ancestor trees. The Specks’ magic takes hold of Gernian Nevare, and drives him to betray his people.
If you have read any of the other books in this series, it continues along the same track, Nevare/Soldier Son is thrust along a course he doesn’t want, he hates himself and for most of the book is a hostage in his own body.
The forest scenes and descriptions are lovely, very visual and inspiring, they make me want to get ‘back to nature’. They definitely bring that spark and serenity of the forest to life.
All in all, I found this series disappointing. (As do the majority of Amazon reviewers). It is depressing with hardly a glimmer of light. Well written with great characters, magic and awesome forests, but the main character just doesn’t inspire and brings the whole series down.
I have to agree with Eyeris, the ending is a big fat ‘what the? THAT was all the magic wanted!’. It is so convenient, all wrapped up withn a few pages, the ruthless magic that had all but destroyed Nevare’s life wanted something so small. Sigh.
Anyway, it has made me go back to the Farseer trilogy. I love it. Soldier Son just doesn’t compare.
Renegade’s Magic (Soldier’s Son Book 3), Voyager, Jul 2007.