2015492An absolutely fantastic read.  A friend of mine loaned me the Godspeaker trilogy and I am so glad he did.  I had eyed Kate Miller’s works for the longest time when I worked at Indigo and never got around to picking them up.  She has another series that I’ll be looking into after this and I can’t wait.

Focusing on the life of one girl, born into poverty, sold into slavery, and who crawled her way up to become Empress of her land Mijak, all at the will of her god whom she believes to be guiding her steps in a life he wants her to lead in order to shape a land he wants to rule. She marries a king and bears two sons, one of them the only man she would ever love though a whole nation of men love her from afar, and neither fathered by her husband.

The god she serves is nameless, fierce and harsh, demanding a river of tribute in blood and material offerings.  He’s also more active in his worshipers lives than most other gods I’ve seen.  He’s also a jealous god, driving the people of his land forward to conquer other lands and wipe out other gods until it rules the world.

Or so the empress says…

Engaging story, colorful characters, supremely well written, I just can’t get over how good Empress was.  One of the best books I’ve read this year, and that’s saying a lot!

But now let’s try and finish off that Song and Swords quintet shall we?  Then we’ll hope back into the land of Mijak to see how they fare.  Dream Spheres is next.

19854Welcome to Waterdeep

Here, everything imaginable is for sale. Even dreams can be purchased if one is willing to pay the price.

When the sale of dream spheres threatens the life of his newfound half sister, Danilo Thann joins forces with Arilyn Moonblade to uncover the source of this deadly trade. Their search leads them into the dark heart of Waterdeep, and to personal secrets that could destroy them both.