Marian L Thorpe
writer, birder, artist.
Author of the Empire’s Legacy historical fantasy series.
Now available in ebook and paperback format from Amazon,
or directly from Arboretum Press.
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.”
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 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
For twenty generations, the men and women of The Empire have lived separately, the women farming and fishing, the men fighting wars. But in the spring of Lena’s seventeenth year, an officer rides into her village with an unprecedented request. The Empire is threatened by invasion, and to defend it successfully, women will need to fight. When the village votes in favour, Lena and her partner Maya are torn apart. Maya chooses exile rather than battle, Lena chooses to fight. As Lena learns the skills of warfare and leadership, she discovers that choices have consequences that cannot be foreseen, and that her role in her country’s future is greater than she could have dreamed.
“…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
For fifteen months, The Empire and the northern people have been at war, but a truce is finally at hand. As part of this treaty, Lena, now a Guardswoman on the Wall, is asked to stand as hostage, to go north to live and learn among the people of Linrathe. But not everyone there will welcome her. As Lena learns more of the history of both her land and the north, a new threat emerges, one that will test her loyalty to its limits, and in the end, demand a price she could not have envisioned.
“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
“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.”
Exiled from the Empire as a traitor, Casyn’s words echo in Lena’s mind. Determined to find Casil, the legendary city of beauty and learning in the East, she travels into long-unknown lands. Her experiences in the first winter leave her scarred and afraid, but, resolving to heal, and supported by an unexpected love, she continues her search. A chance meeting with envoys from the Empire and Linrathe, desperately seeking help from Casil, forces her to a difficult decision.
Struggling to keep faith with her choices, facing the almost-certain destruction of her land and her people, Lena’s journey takes her to a deeper understanding of loyalty, sacrifice, and the dimensions of love.
Empire’s Exile is a goldmine of anticipation, apprehension, joys and hardships, survival and all-consuming, accepting love.” Cover to Cover