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Historical Fantasy | The Empire’s Daughter | Marian L Thorpe

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We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Laura’s thoughts for The Empire’s Daughter : Empires Legacy Book 1 by Marian L Thorpe.

There’s also a tour-wide giveaway not to miss!

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.

Book cover Empire's Daughter by Marian L Thorpe

The Empire’s Daughter by Marian L Thorpe is published by Arboretum Press and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


An interesting story with fantastical and dystopian elements, a great first part in the Empire’s Legacy trilogy.

Lena is a young fisherwomen from a small village called Tirvan and she is the main character. The story follows how she faces a threat of her Empire from Leste. She belongs to a community of women and young children and lives with her partner, Maya. There are strict rules within her community that women and men do not live together as men fight and women stay in the villages to bring up children, farm and fish. They only meet men at the Festival to procreate. Boys leave the village to fight at the age of 7.

When a man visits their village, Lena and the other women are encouraged to train to fight. Threats of war and food raids on the village mean women need to fight as well as men. Lena and her partner separate as Maya choses exile over fighting. The second part of the story is Lena’s adventures in finding Maya.

Empire’s Daughter is an intriguing book. It questions gender and society but also highlights strength in women. There are many characters in the story as it is setting the foundation. I thoroughly enjoyed the vast descriptions of village life.

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Author photo Marian L Thorpe

Marian L Thorpe is the writer of historical fantasy and urban fantasy for adults. The Empire’s Legacy series explores gender expectations, the conflicts between personal belief and societal norms, and how, within a society where sexuality is fluid, personal definitions of love and loyalty change with growth and experience. 

The world of Empire’s Legacy was inspired by my interest in the history of Britain in the years when it was a province of the Roman Empire called Britannia, and then in the aftermath of the fall of the Roman Empire. In another life, I would have been a landscape archaeologist, and landscape is an important metaphor in the Empire’s Legacy trilogy and in all my writing, fiction and non-fiction. 

I live in Canada for most of the year, England for the rest, have one cat, a husband, and when I’m not writing or editing, I’m birding.


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