Empire's Daughter

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An Emperor's request. A lover's refusal. And a young woman who must choose between them. Every journey begins with a choice.

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An empire on the edge of history

Many generations past, the great empire from the east left Lena's country to its own defences. Now invasion threatens...and to save their land, women must learn the skills of war.

But in a world reminiscent of Britain after the fall of Rome, only men fight; women farm and fish. Lena's choice to answer her leader's call to arms separates her from her lover Maya, beginning her journey of exploration: a journey of body, mind and heart.

Neither magical fantasy nor historical fiction, but a unique world both familiar and unfamiliar - an empire on the edge of history.

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Awards

Silver Medal, Historical Fantasy Box Set - 2019
Coffee Pot Book Club Awards
Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award, 2021
Eric Hoffer Finalist, 2021
BBNYA 2021 Semi-Finalist

Reviews

This is easily one of the most intriguing books I’ve read all year.

...the story focuses on what would happen in a small fishing village where very old traditions are suddenly overturned by the threat of invasion and what real people would do in response to such a crisis.

Lena is forced to consider the nature of government, ethics, warfare, violence, sexuality, intimacy, and betrayal, and each weighty concept is given it’s proper due.

Andrea Lundgren

This book…! Now this book is just something special…

This book gives a reader so much more than just one idea, one plot, one theme around strong women. This book will have you witness an Empire’s current, past and future affairs with its history literally changing before your eyes. It was absolutely fantastic!

The Book Review Directory

With a seemingly simple starting point, Thorpe is able to create a complex, nuanced beginning to a series that relies on few tropes, yet teems with familiarity of the human experience.

...I found this a refreshing novel, where every twist and turn was unexpected. It’s definitely not your ‘typical’ fantasy or historical fiction book, which I count in it’s favor.

Rue Sparks

Finally, I can’t emphasize enough that Thorpe knows how to continuously raise the stakes of conflicts, both internal and external, as she constantly expands and contracts the plot throughout the story. And every conflict pays off, in curious, intriguing, thoughtfully thematic ways.

I highly recommend Empire’s Daughter. Any reader will find something to enjoy in this novel.

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There were times when I almost hated it when the pace picked up. Times when I wanted the story to stay quiet and slow, just to learn and live, to watch the characters learn and live, for life to continue as it was. I’m not saying this was a good thing or a bad thing. In many ways, it was a sign of the fact the books did give that, which I really like. I really enjoy those moments where it’s just life, with the quarrels and friction of different people from different (or not-so-different) backgrounds in daily life, working or learning. And, in a lot of ways, the story was evocative of life, and the feeling of life in such moments, and when they are disturbed.

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The Empire's Legacy series

A country on the brink of defeat. A woman who answers a call to arms. A man to challenge an Empire.

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Empire's Daughter

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Book 1 of 7

An Emperor's request. A lover's refusal. And a young woman who must choose between them. Every journey begins with a choice.

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Empire's Hostage

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Book 2 of 7

A task she cannot refuse. A land that holds secrets. And a man Lena doesn't know if she can trust.

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Empire's Exile

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Book 3 of 7

A task she cannot refuse. A land that holds secrets. And a man Lena doesn't know if she can trust.

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Oraiáphon

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Book 4 of 7

Can a musician heal, when a physician cannot?

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Empire's Reckoning

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Book 5 of 7

How many secrets does your family have? And how high the price of peace?

Coming 15/1/2023

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Empire's Heir

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Some games are played for mortal stakes.

Coming 15/2/2023

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Marian L. Thorpe

After two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian decided it was time to do what she'd always really wanted, and be a writer.

As well as her novels, Marian has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history provided the inspiration for her books, while other interests in landscape archaeology and birding provide the background.

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