Marian Thorpe is a writer of historical fantasy and urban fantasy for mid-teens and up.
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.” – Marian Thorpe
Marian lives in Canada for most of the year, England for the rest. She has two cats and a husband, and when not writing or editing, she is birding.
To mark the release of Book 3, Empire’s Exile,
we are offering review copies of the first book in the trilogy
CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US FOR A REVIEW COPY OF EMPIRE’S DAUGHTER
Empire’s Daughter – Book 1 (2015)
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.
“Beautifully crafted and powerful novel” – Anthony O’Brien
“A very well written story with good ideas and characters” – Meredith Fletcher
Empire’s Hostage – Book 2 (2017)
The Empire and the northern people have been at war for over a year, but a truce is finally at hand. As part of this treaty, Lena, now a Guardswoman on the Wall, is asked to stand as 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.
“There are no dragon-queens or wizards, but if you are big on epic fantasy series then give this one a chance.” – William Wire
“Involving, evocative, intelligent – an outstanding historical fiction” – Maria Luisa Lang
“Raises the bar for historical fantasy” – Jonathan
“Empire’s Hostage expands on the world building with cultures, beliefs and traditions. A rich set of characters who all have their own journey and place in the story delivered through purposeful writing style. It’s an easy 5 star read for me based on the enjoyment and quality of the book” – Liz Scanlon
OUT NOW: Empire’s Exile – Book 3 (2018)
“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.