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Well written, but a hard start to a good series,
This review is from: Empress: Godspeaker: Book One (Paperback)
I always know I've enjoyed a series when I've read it for a second time, and it may have been a year or two but yes I have just finished all three books for the second time and enjoyed it more for doing so.
The reason it has taken so long is really this book. Although an excellent story, this is not a happy journey; it details Hekat's rise to power from her neglected origins through the favour of her dark, bloody god. She doesn't do tears or self-pity (which is refreshing), her only want is to please the god (this usually involves a lot of death, blood and killing).
It begins with a really barren, harsh setting (I remember thinking, do I want to continue?) but it is well written and I did have trouble putting it down after the first couple of chapters. There were plenty of high points to keep my interest going. Though "hard", it is a good (and necessary) start to the series and worth reading just to the brilliance that book two brings.
Overall, this was a much more serious departure from Karen's Innocent Mage series*. It just seemed that the story had been distributed more evenly between the books (although I did get annoyed by the characters having the same argument again and again (to no end) in book 3). But generally, I found it well worth reading!!
*I loved the first two Innocent Mage books, but didn't think it needed dragging out to 4 (I got sick to death of reading "I am frighted" in the last two, but that's another review)