Marian L Thorpe…

This is me, or fairly close – the photo was taken three or four years ago, so I have a few more grey hairs. After two careers, the first as a research scientist and the second as an educator, I published my first book, Empire’s Daughter, in the same year I retired: 2015.

Thanks to my father, I’ve been interested in history since I was very small. His focus was the Plantagenet and Tudor ages; mine is Roman Britain to the 11th C. Combine that with a deep interest in landscape history, walking, and birding, and you can see why I spend part of each year in Britain. (Or did…what will happen now COVID is a reality I’ll wait to see.)

My books are historical fiction of an imagined world, one that is close to Britain, Northern Europe, and Rome, but isn’t. A world where a society evolved differently after the Eastern Empire left, where one young fisherwoman answers her leader’s call to defend her country, beginning a journey into uncharted territory, in an Empire on the edge of history.

…and her books.

Empire’s Legacy

(Empire’s Daughter, Empire’s Hostage, Empire’s Exile)

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.


How far will you go for love? Oraiáphon and his lyre braved the underworld to charm the gods into returning his beloved, a story known to all musicians. A fable…until music is the last offering Sorley can make to save the man he loves.

Empire’s Reckoning

For thirteen years, Sorley has taught music and swordplay at the Ti’ach na Cillian, his terrible memories behind him. A peaceful life, hard-won after the devastation of war and betrayal – until officer-cadet Gwenna comes home for the summer with a question. “Why are there so many secrets in this family?”

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. 

Also available in e-pub format.

Read the first chapter here…and hear Paths Untrodden, Sorley’s song for Cillian.


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

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

Highly Recommended, 2020, for Oraiáphon: A Novella of the Empire

Coffee Pot Book Club

Discovered Diamond Award,

March 2020, for Empire’s Daughter, Book I of Empire’s Legacy

April 2020, for Empire’s Hostage, Book II of Empire’s Legacy

June 2020, for Empire’s Exile, Book III of Empire’s Legacy.

(all shortlisted for Book of the Month)

June 2020, for Empire’s Reckoning, Book I of Empire’s Reprise

News from the Empire, my newsletter, gives subscribers very short stories about my characters found nowhere else; more articles on the history behind my world, and pictures of my cat. At the very least! Sign up here.

Success! You’re on the list.


Book purchase links

and from these select bookstores in southern Ontario:

The Bookshelf in Guelph

Wordsworth Books in Waterloo

A Different Drummer Books, Burlington


3 thoughts on “Marian L Thorpe…”

  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?


Leave a Reply to marianlthorpe Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s