Marian L Thorpe
writer, birder, artist.
Author of the Empire’s Legacy historical fantasy series.
“We cannot shape the circumstances to fit our lives, only our lives to fit the circumstances. What defines us, as men and women, is how we respond to those circumstances.”
Top Ten (#5, #7, and #8) in Alternate History, Amazon.com, April 8, 2019.
In a world reminiscent of northern Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, this historical fantasy series explores the meaning of loyalty and love in a rapidly changing society. Following the protagonist, Lena, over a period of four years, from the day a soldier rides into her small village with an audacious request – that women learn to fight – to a last, desperate battle to save her land – Empire’s Legacy considers the impact of war and violence on men and women, and the price we pay for freedom.
“…the world building is quite remarkable and the characters incredibly real. The reader is pulled in by the rich descriptions – the action scenes are brilliantly done, and the romance is unforced. This is a good one. Strong writing and so well edited. Highly recommended.”– Rebecca Rafferty, Amazon review
“…easily one of the most intriguing books I have read all year…: – Writerlea Book Review
“…this book is just something special…It was absolutely fantastic!” Cover to Cover Book Review
“Lena is many-sided—soldier, sailor, horsewoman, hunter, student of history. She is also appealingly complex—bisexual, willful, sensitive, caring, proto-feminist, with a thirst for adventure, knowledge, and moral rectitude.” Maria Luisa Lang
“The consistency of the ever-evolving plotlines and character development has been nothing short of brilliance…Cover to Cover
“…for those looking for a realistic (no magic) fantasy world (yes there is a map) with an atypical female main character. The series promises to expand on its world’s boundaries as it goes, which means there is plenty of potential. There are no dragon-queens or wizards, but if you are big on epic fantasy series then give this one a chance.” William Wire
“A bold vision of historical fantasy, beautifully written from start to finish; Empire’s Hostage takes us on an epic journey that is at once intriguing, convincing, and deeply affecting.” Jonathan Ballagh, author of The Quantum Door
“Filled with beautiful imagery and well-developed, realistic characters….” D.M. Wiltshire, author of the Prophecy Six series
“…a fantastic sequel…” Liis Scanlon, Cover to Cover
“A close comparison can be made with Ursula K Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. That book could be dismissed as science fiction, the way Empire’s Exile could be dismissed as historical fantasy. Both books are genre fiction in an obvious sense, but both are more. Both are literary novels that produce emotions and raise questions in ways that go beyond the usual genre book….Empire’s Exile continues a series well worth following.” Amazon review.
Empire’s Exile is a goldmine of anticipation, apprehension, joys and hardships, survival and all-consuming, accepting love.” Cover to Cover
“A must read – the story continues to keep me captivated. Wonderful imagery of a fantastic world. And gripping characters. Amazon.ca review
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