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Amph The works of Karen Miller, Kingmaker, Kingbreaker and Godspeaker Trilogy (spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by Katana_Geldar, Sep 14, 2008.

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  1. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Since Karen Miller is going to write the Clone Wars novels for the TV series, I thought I'd open up discussion of her other novels on here.

    I have only read the Godspeaker books, but found them to be a very interesting Dark Fantasy and Hekat is a fascinating character, as is Vortka and their son Zandakar. What I like is how she has used the difference in language in the novels, there is a remarked difference in the words a character uses when they can speak Mijaki or Etherean.

    Empress of Mijak
    Synopsis
    Hekat is sold as a slave and then escapes her captors to become a warrior and then Empress of Mijak, all the while justifying her actions by her belief that she was chosen by God.

    The Riven Kingdom
    In far away Etherea, the King is dying and his daughter Rhian, his last remaining child and heir to the throne, fights to uphold her father's wishes and against the plotting of Marlan, Prolate of Etherea.

    Hammer of God
    Synopsis
    (This has not been published in the US yet, but has been in Australia)
    [hl=black]The armies of Mijak led by Hekat and Dmmitrak are threatening to engulf the world, yet Queen Rhian faces a divided kingdom and unwilling allies who refuse to believe the threat that Mijak poses.[/hl]

    So has anyone read, Kingmaker, Kingbreaker? I'm goingto try to now I've finished Godspeaker
     
  2. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Never heard of her, but the books sound good. Do you know when the third will be published in the US?
     
  3. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    January next year

    You could possibly get it through an Aussie bookseller like Galaxy in Sydney, and considering the exchange rate it'll probably be slightly cheaper

    http://www.galaxybooks.com.au/items.asp?id=141791

    [link=http://www.galaxybooks.com.au/page.asp?id=glxdeliverycharges]Here's there delivery charges[/link]

    I love going to Galaxy, make a point of going there everytime I'm in Sydney

     
  4. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    $21 shipping charge? Not happening :p

    Is that Jan. '09 or '10?
     
  5. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    '09

    You could also go into a bookstore and request to have it shipped from Australia ;)

    Oh, and Amazon.com won't let me write a review as their entry says it hasn't been published yet.
     
  6. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Oy vey.

    Shipping would still be too expensive :( I did it once from Australia and I'm not doing it again.
     
  7. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    I'd like to send you mine actually, NYC. But you can read the others that have been published.
     
  8. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Am I the only one who reads Karen Miller? [face_worried]
     
  9. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Reading the first Godspeaker now. It's only called Empress over here though.

    And is it just me, or is Hekat one crazy nutcase?
     
  10. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Yep, she's interesting to watch though, isn't she?
     
  11. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Sort of. I got bored towards the end of Empress. At the beginning, and up until she was Raklion's, it was interesting. After everything that happened with Vortka though, I just got bored.

    Riven Kingdom I like a lot better though, so far (I'm 5/6s through).
     
  12. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    It becomes far more interesting whren Zandakar gorws up, he's the real hero of the series and is his father's son.

    What I like is how Zandakar loves his brother Dmitri unashamedly, yet that so-and-so is simply incapable of love.

    If you want to know why, I can tell but it's in the third novel.
     
  13. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Managed to finish Riven? Because if you like, I'll tell you about Hammer of God.
     
  14. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I've finished it, enjoyed it, and want more, but dunno when the third comes out in the UK. I'll go and look :p
     
  15. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Hammer of God is wonderful, but it might be january it comes out.

    Rhian rocks!
     
  16. JediTrilobite

    JediTrilobite Jedi Master star 7

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    Related link for people - TUCWS just posted up an interview with Karen: http://theclonewarz.net
     
  17. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    Thanks trilobite, she briefly mentions godspeaker and kingmaker in there.
     
  18. JediTrilobite

    JediTrilobite Jedi Master star 7

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    ...that's why I posted it here.
     
  19. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I read Hammer of God and I confess myself disappointed. So much buildup and then just... bleh. Useless ending.
     
  20. Katana_Geldar

    Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master star 8

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    There were some good scenes but IMHO a lot of filler and scenes that didn't move the story. What was the point of the armada?
     
  21. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    To make the threat seem real?

    [hl=black]Though I don't see why she saved both Alisdair and the Duke in the armada yet then killed the Duke in the main battle. Would have been more point if he'd died with the fleet.[/hl]
     
  22. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Do either of you happen to know if they've all been released in the US yet?
     
  23. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Empress-Godspeaker-Trilogy-Karen-Miller/dp/0316008354/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237319680&sr=8-1]Empress[/link]
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Riven-Kingdom-Godspeaker-Trilogy/dp/0316008362/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237319705&sr=8-1]Riven[/link]
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-God-Godspeaker-Trilogy-Book/dp/0316008370/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237319705&sr=8-2]HAMMAR[/link]

    So cheap...

    *hates the US* :p
     
  24. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Well, $8 isn't exactly cheap :p Thanks!!
     
  25. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Considering the in the UK they're £7.99, so $11.

    I'm still thinking back to August though, when all the currecies lined up so nicely (£1 = $2 = 200 yen = ?1.45).

    Damn you economy!
     
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