Book Review

Empire’s Hostage – Marian L Thorpe

Today marks the return of Marian L Thorpe, with Empire’s Hostage, book two in her Empire’s Legacy series. Many thanks to Marian, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. You can read my review of Empire’s Daughter, book one in the trilogy here.


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 a 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.


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As Lena’s adventures take her north of the Wall, as a hostage to the people of Linrathe, Empire’s Hostage becomes a voyage of discovery through the history of the Empire, Linrathe and beyond. Whilst this could easily have become a dry information dump, Marian Thorpe weaves the story in such a way that instead it becomes a fascinating history lesson. I loved learning the customs of people of Linrathe and uncovering the secrets of the Eastern Empire. Lena’s dramatic learning curve that began in Empire’s Daughter continues, and it feels like you are riding right along with her. I enjoyed the little touches that I recognised from our own history, such as the song about the rash caused by the Eastern Fever, and the Celtic and Scandinavian influences on the ways and language of the people of Linrathe and Marai respectively. The whole book just made my inner historian dance with glee.

I warmed instantly to the students and teachers of the Ti’ach na Perras, so welcoming to their hostage. It felt like a safe, restful place to be, a stark contrast to the conflict of Empire’s Daughter, and the drama that Lena was yet to face.

Empire’s Hostage is a beautifully crafted book, easing you gently along as it lulls you into a false sense of security before reaching it’s dramatic climax.

Empire’s Hostage has left me eager to find out more about the mysterious Eastern Empire and the fever that led to it being lost to history, and I can’t wait to read the final book in the trilogy.


Empires Hostage AuthorNot 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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Don’t forget to pay a visit to the other blogs taking part in the tour for more information about this book.

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