Once there was an Eastern Empire of grandeur and beauty and learning. Then it disappeared, leaving only snatches of story and faint memories in a little sea-bordered land far to the west, where invasion from both north and south now threatens. Could the Eastern Empire still exist? And if it can be found, will it come to the aid of its long-forgotten province?
Available either as three individual novels, or a collection.
Leste, an island nation, grows short of food. Raiding a nearby land, rich in grain and livestock, while its army is occupied on its northern frontier, will be simple and quick. But they haven’t counted on spies among them.
Lena, a young fisherwoman, is inspired by her Emperor’s message: to defend their land against this invasion, women must learn to fight. Answering his call separates Lena from her lover, the first sacrifice in what becomes a deadly battle for her land, not just with Leste, but with unexpected enemies from within. Caught up in the intrigues of the Emperor, watching the world she has known since childhood change irretrievably, can Lena reconcile the village girl she was with the soldier she has become?
Eighteen months of war on the northern border has exhausted both sides. Lena’s Emperor asks her to stand as hostage to a temporary truce. Sent to live among people who were the enemy only days before, Lena learns the secret reason behind their invasion of her land – and challenging their leader over it may prove to be her worst decision yet.
Far more than the success of a truce is now in Lena’s hands, but in a place she neither knows nor understands, she needs help. But how do you convince someone who hates you and everything you stand for to work together to save both your lands?
Lena is exiled for treason, along with a man she barely knows – or likes. The need to survive builds a fragile trust, then a closer friendship, until violence shatters their peace. When news of brutal and devastating war in both their homelands reaches them, they join the search for the lost Empire of the East, their last hope for support. Only the small chance that legend is truth can save their countries, but this quest may cost Lena everything – and everyone – she loves.
Evocative of Europe after the decline of Rome, Empire’s Legacy is a story of love and sacrifice, choice and consequence, and the deep longing for home.
Can a musician heal, when a physician cannot?
In the aftermath of war, Sorley – Lord Sorley of Gundarstorp – is called upon to be many things: translator, diplomat, advisor to two leaders. The treaty that won peace has brought new danger: a corrupt official with enormous power. The only man whose subtle mind could counter this threat – the man Sorley loves – is dying. His death will leave a woman bereaved, a child fatherless, and a country defenceless. Can Sorley’s music convince the gods to save a life – and if so, at what cost?
How many secrets does your family have?
For 13 years, Sorley has taught music alongside the man he loves, war and betrayal nearly forgotten. But behind their calm and ordered life, there are hidden truths. When a young girl’s question demands an answer, does he break the most important oath he has ever sworn by lying – or tell the truth, risking the destruction of both his family and a fragile political alliance?
Continuing the story begun in Empire’s Legacy, Empire’s Reckoning asks if love – of country, of an individual, of family – can be enough to transcend the expectations of history and culture, and to find uncharted paths to peace.
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