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‘Empress is an ambitious, impressive and intriguing novel’ – Starburst

‘A fine read and a fine start to what could be an exceptional series.’ – The Contra Costa Sunday Times

When a scrawny, unwanted child – so lowly that she does not even have a name – is sold into slavery, a chain of events is set in motion that will have a profound impact on all the civilised world.

Naming herself ‘Hekat’ (after a slaver’s observation that she is quite the hellcat), the girl is taken in chains to Mijak’s largest city, but makes a bargain with a ruthless god and escapes her captors. After she saves the life of a warlord, he takes her in and teaches her ways that an orphan might use to prosper in an uncaring world.

When the warlord’s family dies, the way becomes clear for Hekat to carve a dynasty out of infidelity and betrayal. . .

Empress is an epic fantasy of power, politics and the rise and fall of empires.

Books by Karen Miller:

Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series
The Innocent Mage
The Awakened Mage
A Blight of Mages

The Riven Kingdom
The Hammer of God

Fisherman’s Children
The Prodigal Mage
The Reluctant Mage

Tarnished Crown
The Falcon Throne
Prince of Glass


Empress is an ambitious, impressive and intriguing novel
A writer who seems set to rule the genre
Top-notch fantasy . . . a masterclass writer
A skilfully created world of ritual and tradition provides a stunning backdrop for her exciting adventures.