Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller

The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
ISBN: 978-0-316-00836-5
Pages: 744
Back Of Book Description:
The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman

Dexterity Jones is a toy maker. To protect Princess Rhian and his country, he must place his trust in an exile from Mijak. yet, as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits.

Across the sea, an empress has already slaughtered millions in the name of her god. And the war will not end--until the world kneels before her.

The Riven Kingdom is the second book in the Godspeaker trilogy, the new epic adventure from an author who is taking the fantasy world by storm.

My Rating: C+
My Review:

The first fifty to one hundred pages of this book were pretty engrossing. Shortly after that though, it got very bland and extremely slow moving. I had a lot of trouble picking it back up. But I pushed on because this author writes awesome characters. I had to know what happened to them. At about 450 pages in, the book got interesting again. I'm still not completely sure if it was worth the wait though.

While, as mentioned, the characters are very addicting and the plot was good, the story was quite anti-climatic, the idea was great but when good and evil meet, it just...happens. I was quite disapointed. Also, throughout the book, it is implied that Ethrea is in grave danger, but the author doesn't really bring that feeling across the board. I felt no real sense of urgency.

Overall though, the characters make up for a lot of shortcomings in this book. I think that only if you really enjoyed the first one, and just had to know what happens next would I pick it up though.


  1. was this the one you wanted me to read?

  2. No, I wouldn't recommend this one to you.


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