Book Review

Empire’s Exile – Marian L Thorpe

Today marks a sad day for me, as I reach the end of the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, and join the blog tour for the final instalment, Empire’s Exile. Many thanks to Marian for providing me with copies of all the books in this fantastic series, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of each of the blog tours.


“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, 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.

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As many of you will already know, I enjoyed the first two books of the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, Empire’s Daughter and Empire’s Hostage, enormously, so it is no small thing for me to announce that Empire’s Exile is my runaway favourite of all three. The familiarity of the characters combined with their being in entirely alien circumstances meant that I could enjoy the comfort of being amongst old friends, whilst being swept away on a brand new adventure.

I loved witnessing the slow development of Lena and Cillian’s friendship and found myself desperate to speed ahead to see if they get the ending that I hoped for. Seeing their interactions with the communities they encountered over the course of their exile, and how they were changed by the new relationships that were forged made for absolutely fascinating reading, as once again Marian succeeds in creating numerous unique societies each with their own rules and customs.

As the story progressed and the characters I have grown to love were forced to take separate pathways, I found myself torn between being entirely engrossed by the book, and the nagging sensation of needing to know just what was going on with the other characters. At times, it was quite torturous not knowing if I would ever see them again.

Empire’s Exile draws the trilogy to a close beautifully, although I do feel that I need to have words with Marian about the heart-stopping conclusion! I may never be the same again!


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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Make sure you visit the other blogs taking part in this tour to read more about this great book.

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