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Princess of Dorsa

(The Chronicles of Dorsa #1)

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The fate of an empire lies in the hands of one untested princess.

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she were a boy, shed be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor.

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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published October 15th 2018
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lov2laf
Elements of this book are really good but I also found the read to be uneven in parts which had me frustrated at certain times.

Eliza Andrews set out to write an epic fantasy that happened to have queer protagonists and she's done that here. This was just the first book of the intended three part series and it felt epic unto itself.

A LOT happens in the book and I think the pacing suffers some. But, the good parts are worth sticking around for. The story has intrigue, drama, action, adventure, and
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Just a man's point of view
Princess of Dorsa has been a very pleasant surprise.
Bought it on Amazon at a very low, promotional price (less than 1$), I felt like I just found a little shining, authentic gem on the side of the road, for all to just pick up.
It is one of those epic fantasy books I used to read when I was young, written by the masters of this genre, full of adventures, mysteries, conspiracy plots, wars and a stream of very dark, subterranean magic, gradually revealed.
It is extremely well written. One of those
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vacatedboat
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually passed this book by a few times while scrolling through KU merely because I thought the cover was cheesy. Princess of Dorsa has been sitting on my iPad for a while nowsimply because it has Princess in the title and Im not a fan of the cover art. We hear it time and time again: Dont judge a book by its cover.

This has been compared to the f/f version of GoT and I will admit, I have never watched GoT, so I really have no idea what that means, so I cant relate the two. (Sorry, not a TV
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Bugs
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At last! We have our very own lesbianGame of Thrones in lesfic!! YES! Eliza Andrews recently released Princess of Dorsa, Book 1 of the Chronicles of Dorsa, delivered just as Andrews promised when she announced that shed be giving us lesfic readers our very own Game of Thrones (GoT)!! I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to beta-read an advance copy (Ta, Eliza!) and re-read the final version when it was out on Amazon.will be re-reading this, tbh! Anyway, Andrews, with her usual knack for ...more
Bethany
What a great hidden KU gem! I'm not sure how this one escaped my radar earlier, especially since I read and loved Andrews' novel Reverie, but I'm also a bit glad I waited in a way too. This is the first part of what appears to be a epic fantasy trilogy, so it does end on a cliffhanger. Know that going in!

As for the story itself, the writing did suffer a touch from slight pacing issues, but overall, this is a wonderful start to a trilogy and I can't wait for the next book in this series to come
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Kristin
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is a surprise. I'm a big fan of 'Game of Thrones' so when people compare it with a f/f version of that, I couldn't have avoided it even if I tried.
And oh goodness, it doesn't disappoint. It's not as must brutal as GoT but still brutal enough, and the story is written in 1st person so it's nothing like 'Songs of Fire and Ice' and also there's much less sex than GoT and no incest(if you are worried about it!). But the interesting thing is that, like Got, this on has or I believe will have
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Jude
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so not ready for this book to be over I loved everything, the story, the characters, the narration. I can't wait for book 2 to come out! ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
When Princess Natasia, the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, is almost killed by an assassin, her father decides to name her the heir to the throne. But there hasnt been a female Empress in living memory and when the internal divisions in the palace become increasingly dangerous, the reckless and inexperienced princess will have to learn to lead. She can trust no one but her personal guard, the mysterious but fiercely loyal Joslyn.

This is such a great lesbian epic fantasy audiobook, that any
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Kalamah
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I wish I liked this as much as most others seem to have enjoyed it. The beginning, and really up until the 65% mark were a bit of a slog for me, but the prose either improved or I got used to it. It's really not that similar to Game of Thrones, except in a general sense of fictional Western European-like white people fighting against a magical (ancient) foe, with "exotic" non-white peoples in the background. And one who winds up being the token for the white princess to learn better; to be fair, ...more
Carrie
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An epic tale

One of the better stories I have read. A young princess becoming something she never could have imagined. Finding her strength amongst the perils of the four realms. Action, suspense, mystery, fantasy, love... This book had it all.

The author is very talented at world building and setting the scene through description and emotion. I truly felt as if I could visualize and feel every single aspect of this. And when I say feel, let me say that I'm almost glad the second in this planned
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Cristina
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot, the characters, the mystery and everything. I hope we dont have to wait too long for the sequel. ...more
Tiffany
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! In what feels like months of 2, 3, and barely 4 star books this is an easy, solid, bright and shining 5 stars!! If youre a fan of well written fantasy, political intrigue, f/f romance, and a great cliffhanger (really, its a very satisfying ending) then this is the book for you...dont hesitate, READ THIS. 😊 I very rarely read books for a second time once Ive finished one but I will def be reading this again and anxiously awaiting the next of the series. ...more
Kelly
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 stars. Man this book had a lot going on. The main character Natasia princess of Dorsa seems to be a fluid character, when it comes to her beddings. She starts out as the spoiled whiny princess you would expect, who through unfortunate circumstances & tutoring has her own metamorphosis. As with most castle intrigue, treachery & duplicity are abound. The bad guys can be seen throughout & the final reveal is a bit underwhelming. There are some twists I won't reveal. All in all, the ...more
Paradise Lost
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f
I really enjoyed this book, and am immensely looking forward to the next part
Annette Mori
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn't have been surprised about loving this book, because so far I've loved all of Eliza Andrew's book. The only thing I wish is that I hadn't read this before the sequel is done. However, it isn't the worst thing for me to re-read this book right before I get the sequel and read that...hint, hint. In case Eliza is not catching my drift, I am stomping my feet in a tiny tantrum until she writes the sequel and puts it out there for her rabid fans. I loved the time period. I loved the ...more
Pam Holzner
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Well! I really didn't see this coming. More of a thriller in political fantasy covers but there is a love story there too.

What I didn't expect what for the story to just *end* in the middle. (view spoiler)
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Rain
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.
And no slave becomes truly free until they realize that slave is just a word and not who they are.
I feel like I should've enjoyed this so much more than I actually did, but there was something missing. I had some issues with the pacing, sometimes it was too slow for me, although after the 60% mark or so it really picked up.

And then there's the characters. I did like the protagonist and from whose point of view the story is told, Tasia, but I'm not sure why, I just wasn't a
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Tony Hisgett
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, lesbian, review
For most of the first half of the book I really didnt like Tasia, she is spoilt, arrogant and self-centred and I couldnt develop any empathy for her. It didnt help that she was also extremely naïve and often just plain stupid. I presume the author has written the story this way so that Tasia can develop and improve as it progresses, but I really prefer my heroines to be more competent.

The second half of the book improved and Joslyn and Tasia became an interesting couple, however at the end of
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Jess
3.5/5 stars.

Ive rounded this down to a 3 because it has some pretty serious flaws in my eyes, but I WILL say that it was a pleasant surprise for a book I picked up on a whim, and my relief at reading the epilogue and realizing the author didnt actually do a Certain Thing has made me feel more favorable toward it. Plus, F/F is SO lacking in adult fantasy (Im wracking my brain and can literally only think of one or two other non-YA books that have F/F romance) that its almost difficult not to feel
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
"...my love will always be as unfailing as the path of the sun across the sky, as bountiful as the stars the fill a clear night in the desert, as steady as the rhythm of the waves on a stormless sea."

I adored this fantasy romance with a WLW (women loving women, a catch-all term for two women in love that covers any sexuality that permits woman to woman attraction) heroine and romance! Tasia and Joslyn were excellent characters in a nicely woven fantasy world of politics, conflict, and a
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LegendOfPeach
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Drama and Dark Fantasy fans
I have a complicated relationship with Fantasy however Princess of Dorsa strikes a great balance between a fantastical world, regency drama and realistic character writing.

One of my favorite things about this story may be its length. It's "meaty" in the best ways a heavy novel can be, plot progression is rather gradual, scenes have room to feel impactful and there's distinct breaks in the plot marking changes in tone that keep it interesting.

The main character Tasia is a typical princess. She
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Widya Vello
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, ff, royalty
When I found this book it felt like love at first sight, because what can I say more abut the cover? It looks gorgeous, and I'm much more satisfied after finished reading the story. It's amazing! It's a story about bisexual spoilt promiscuous princess who actually wished to be a commoner in heart, but finding herself a winding and arduous fate. She must fight treachery and betrayal while there were other dangerous threats lurking around her realms.
I loved how the author made Natasia not so
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Emma Rossi
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I have passed this book so many times on Kindle Unlimited but have never gotten around to reading it even though I am trying to read (and support) more lesfic authors and am a huge fan of fantasy.

I honestly loved this book. Princes of Dorsa is told through the POV of Princess Natasia (Tasia). The reader follows Tasias journey from the night a would-be assassin tries to kill her, to her being named her fathers heir and her journey to the war in the East. This story starts as a political
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Alicia Choo
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I happened to stumble upon it on kindle. No regrets! I loved the book. I liked how the book flowed. I do see some build up of the characters. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger which kind of annoys be because the 2nd book will only be out the 2nd half of 2019. I'll recommend this book to fans of fantasy and f/f books. And, I need a girlfriend like Joslyn. Lol!
F.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I (mainly) enjoyed this book. It is a fantasy novel set in a man's world that is - as always - quite brutal for women. When I started the book I checked back on the blurb that it was in fact a f-f novel, but a few more pages in that becomes quite clear.

There was quite a bit of recognisable fantasy-trope here, but overall I enjoyed the story and the world building. The pace is sometimes a bit slow, and some of the plot-twists you can see from miles (not that this always matters). I mean, I am
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I Like Yuri
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tasia is a hedonistic whore and fake lesbian, very unlikable. The setting makes no sense especially in its sexism. She can't be heir because of her genitalia yet she gets away with utterly contemptible behavior. An 'ordinary girl', she is destined to greatness even though she deserves the opposite, the worst kind of cringy wish fulfillment.
Linda
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't often get bothered by a book but I did here. And I can't say why without giving away a significant spoiler. I will admit that it was not difficult to identify the bad guys early on, but that wasn't my issue. And there were a couple of careless editing errors that would give English teachers the hives, but those were few and minor. What got to me was a pivotal plot twist that I never saw coming.

I have no doubt that was the author's intent, but why do something to distress readers like
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Dtesvbos
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an epic fantasy first. There's romance in it but it doesn't overtake the interesting political intrigue and magical aspects of the book. I really enjoy authors who can pull this off because far too often we pick up a book and it's a romance masquerading as a fantasy. I'm looking at just about all YA authors here. When that happens I'm thinking to myself, "I really didn't want to read the author's diary of their junior high years."

I think my favorite part of the story is watching a
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Emma
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 ⭐
This book was so good! Despite a slow beginning, by the end, this story was one I couldn't put down. This story was action packed but also smart and thoughtful. I loved how Eliza Andrews balanced the political side of this story with the action and magic of a strong fantasy world. There was also such an incredible use of foreshadowing in this book that added so much drama and suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat.
However, I would like to see more world building in the sequel. I
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Chandra Vice
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read

I actually really liked this book, but before we get to that, I just have to say something.

Brassiere is the full form of the word bra, that thing women have to wear to push their boobs up.

Brazier is a portable heating device, a pan filled with hot coals. Please do not try to wear this as a bra, it will not work and there will be burning. Every time that came up I kept picturing hot coals on the poor girls, it was disturbing.

Ok, so I got this book because I'm super tired of
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When I started thinking of a new pen name to write fiction featuring lesbian protagonists, I commandeered the name of an ancestor. Eliza Frances Andrews was an interesting woman, one I have mixed feelings about. A southern belle who lived through the civil war as the privileged daughter of a prominent plantation owner, she refused to marry "below her station" after the war and therefore set about ...more

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