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Historical Fantasy | Empire’s Exile | Marian L Thorpe

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We’re delighted to be on the Rachel’s Random Resources tour sharing Laura’s thoughts for Empire’s Exile by Marian L Thorpe.

This is Book 3 in the Empire’s Legacy trilogy. You can read Laura’s thoughts on Books 1 and 2 by clicking here.

Don’t miss the tour-wide giveaway for the paperback of the complete trilogy!

Book cover for Empire's Exile by Marian L Thorpe

Empire’s Exile is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

“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.


An impressive end to this trilogy.

The characters are well written, the setting is described in great detail and I loved the cultural differences across the Empire. This fantasy is filled with intricate detail so I found this book needed extra time to explore and enjoy.

Lena the main character has been exiled with Cillian. Two vastly different personalities who seem to embrace the time shared together over time. Their perilous journey becomes part of their romantic relationship as they have to rely on one another.

Lena is a wonderful character; she is strong, resilient, a lover, soldier and capable of many skills.

I really enjoyed discovering about the culture differences between the characters. Even though this trilogy is a fantasy the details are astounding as seem realistic.

A captivating read, thoroughly enjoyed.

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Author photo Marian L Thorpe

Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what she’d always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the alternative world medieval trilogy Empire’s Legacy, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while her avocations of landscape archaeology and birding provide background to her settings. 


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