Marian L Thorpe

writer, birder, artist.

Author of the award-winning Empire’s Legacy historical fantasy series.

Historical Fantasy Book of the Year, 2019, Gold Medal for Empire’s Exile

Box Set of the Year, 2019, Silver Medal for Empire’s Legacy

Coffee Pot Book Club

” I cannot praise this series enough. It is absolutely dazzling…”

Mary Anne Yarde, author of the Dulac Chronicles

Top Ten (#5, #7, and #8) in Alternate History,, April 8, 2019.

“A  True Masterpiece.”

“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.”

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

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“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

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“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. review

Now available in ebook and paperback format from Amazon,

or directly from 

Arboretum Press.


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  1. Hi, I’m a screenwriter and I’ve always tried to create entertainment about and for women. I wrote, among other things, Beethoven, Mystic Pizza and Indecent Proposal, and directed 4 films, too. Now I wrote a short, entertaining and funny kindle book. I’m wondering if you would look at my little book and possibly review it. This is my author page and the book, The Tom Cat.

    It’s humorous romance. I think of it as a fairy tale for adults.

    Here is a short summary:

    Tom Knightly was born rich but orphaned as a small child. As a result he grew up with too much of everything but love. Now, as a handsome and spoiled young stud on the prowl, his only accomplishment is the trail of broken hearts he’s left behind him. Superficially, Tom might appear to have it all, but in reality he’s unhappy because when you lack the ability to give or receive real love, life is empty. Salvation comes in the form of the adorable and devoted Kaylie Malone, owner of the Sit ’N Knit store. Finally Tom finds true love, and he knows this is the woman who could change it all, his one chance at happiness. Unfortunately, he blows it. His emotional journey to regain Kaylie’s heart and earn her forgiveness takes him to a place no man has been, inside the world of felines. Magical forces trap Tom in the body he richly deserves, that of a tom cat. His only hope is a devoted and abused dog, Harry, who becomes his zen master. Can this pup teach Tom Cat unconditional love so he can deserve to be human again? And will he learn fast enough to save Kaylie and his new best friend from dark forces that are circling and threaten them?

    Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom writes of THE TOM CAT: “After I finished reading THE TOM CAT, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to adopt a cat or become one. Wildly original, quirky and charming, Amy Holden Jones’ debut novel is purr-fectly delicious.”

    There is no sexual content. It’s appropriate for all ages including YA.

    The target audience is women and young adults.

    It’s available now at

    If you contact me I’ll send it to you.


    1. Hi, Amy. I’ll gladly review The Tom Cat, if you don’t mind waiting a while…I have three books in the queue before yours…so I’m guessing maybe 6 weeks to two months before I get to it. It sounds delightful and given I have two cats of my own, how can I say no?


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