Empire's Hostage

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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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A fantasy series for people who don't normally read fantasy.

Now a soldier, Lena is sent to stand hostage to a truce with a country that holds knowledge long forgotten in her own.

Kidnapped by the fierce Marai, she faces a future she cannot accept. When she learns of immediate danger to her land, Lena must cooperate with a man she neither knows nor likes. But when their actions have consequences neither could foresee, will the outcome be worse than the Marai threat?

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The sequel to Empire’s daughter is as good as or better than the first. Richly textured, thoroughly researched, and nuanced story wrapped in perfect prose. The book, like the first, is quietly queer, showing a world that is not heteronormative without making a big deal of it. The pacing is excellent, and the writing makes you by turns want to race through and slow down to savor each page. Looking forward to Empire’s Exile, and I already have some ideas about what will happen next but Thorpe does love to surprise us!

Dan Fitzgerald

This is probably one of the best sequels I have read. The entire story shows a different side to the cultures of this world.

I enjoyed seeing Lena in a different light as the growth shows so much that you never know what to expect.

Sean Talbot

Involving, evocative, intelligent—an outstanding historical fantasy.

Maria Luisa

There is something so special about Lena's story. It's one that you can just simply get lost in. The pace isn't slow but it isn't heart racing either. It is a beautiful combination of calm and excitement that just keeps your attention until the story is done. If there is one thing Thorpe is able is do, it's grab you from chapter one and hold on tightly until she has finished telling the story. Marian Thorpe is one of my new favorite authors and I am beyond excited to get back to Lena's story in Empire's Exile.

Four Moon Reviews

Here is an opportunity for the reader to learn more about the exquisite world Thorpe has created Among new friends, Lena discovers the world is far larger than she knew. Maps show cities and lands she had never heard of, except perhaps in legend...

The rich worldbuilding and history beautifully drips onto each page, helping make colourful characters come even more alive. Especially Lena, who gripped me from the first page to the last.

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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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Book 6 of 7

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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