Book Review

Empire’s Daughter – Marian L Thorpe

If you are a fan of trilogies like me, you will like today’s book. The alternative universe medieval adventure Empire’s Daughter, by Marian L Thorpe, is book one in the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, and although it can be read as a standalone, I know I won’t be the only one heading off to read the remaining books. I am delighted to be joining the blog tour for Empire’s Daughter today. My thanks go to Marian, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.


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.

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I had a feeling that Empire’s Daughter was a book that I was going to enjoy from the moment I started reading and discovered not only a character list but a map, two things that always put a smile on my face. It is one of the downsides of reading on a Kindle that I can’t flick back and forth as easily as I would like, but that’s a conversation for another day.

Empire’s Daughter presents the fascinating premise of a society segregated by duty, only reuniting twice a year, until everything that they believe in is shaken to its foundations. As if it wasn’t sad enough that boys of seven leave their homes, unlikely to return, the further divisions between loved ones tugs even harder on the heartstrings. As the women of the Empire discover skills they never dreamt they had and forge new relationships, I was utterly gripped by the story.

While a lot of books from this genre save an epic battle as the story’s climax, Empire’s Daughter goes deeper than that, and whilst the the battle may be over by halfway through the book, the lives of so many people are changed forever. It is these changes that really caught my attention and will keep me coming back for the rest of the trilogy. There were so many characters that I fell in lovely and I am eager to find out what the future holds for each of them.


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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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