The trilogy kicks off with Empress, a pretty violent and somewhat crude book depicting not very likeable characters in a punishment- and God-obsessed society. In my wackiest moments, I theorise the author’s aim was to put off the editors, let the first book never be published and she can quit writing forever. Hurrah!! :P
The only reason I made it through Empress was because I started it, and I have not read any thing substantial for a long time and yes, as books go, it is different. Come on, I don’t make a hobby out of reading violent books with unlikeable, warped characters in a plot that seem to be just seem to be a series of events without a very interesting aim.
Empress essentially sets the stage for The Riven Kingdom and Hammer of God. By itself, it is a non-starter but as the first of a series of three, it helped to explain the motivations, customs and creates the backstory for one set of pivotal characters before moving onto the main story in the next two books. Whether this is the best way to do so when it comes to reader engagement is debatable but yes, I was reading through a whole lot of building up and waiting and finally rewarded with more likeable characters in The Riven Kingdom....Continua
Good writing, but unfortunately hampered by the main character being a total religious nutcase. A complete bitch who I was hoping would die - violently - towards the end of the book.
Not much fun reading a book where you actively dislike the main character.