Empire’s Daughter by Marian Thorpe
Published: 18th February 2015
E-book, 342 pages
Genre: YA, Adventure
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Thanks to the author Marian Thorpe for sending me a e-copy of Empire’s Daughter in exchange for an honest review!
In Empire’s Daughter, women and men are separated due to the Partition agreement. Boys, aged 7 go off to fight for the Empire while the women learn trades and provide for the Empire’s army. When a man of the Empire arrives at Tirvan, Lena and her partner Maya’s lives change forever. While Maya chooses exile, Lena chooses to stay and defend her village from the Lestian invasion.
I loved the story, how men and women were separated and only came together during Festival. I also really liked the historical feel to the characters and landscape. Casyn’s arrival in the village is well handled and shows the maturity of Lena.
“But the world changes. In all the women’s villages of the Empire, this week or next, a soldier like myself will arrive to ask to live in the village, to take up a trade.” Casyn paused, for a breath, a heartbeat. “And to teach you and your daughters to fight.”
Lena was a nice character. She was believable and showed many good qualities. However I did feel that she got over Maya to quickly. I liked her relationships with Casyn and Dern but also with other villagers as it added some depth to her character.
I felt the first half of the book was better than the second. In the first half, there are some great descriptions of the women learning to fight. The battle was also really well written, I loved how they planned and executed the battle. However, I felt the second half of the book didn’t really live up to the expectations of the first half. I felt the search for maya was a bit pointless especially been as she knew it wouldn’t work. However I did like it when she reached the Emperor’s camp where she had her talks with Callan, Casyn and Colm.
Overall, I did feel that it was a very well written story with good ideas and characters but there were parts that I didn’t like.