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Princess of Dorsa

(The Chronicles of Dorsa #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,213 ratings  ·  196 reviews
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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, she’d 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.

Paperback, 589 pages
Published December 24th 2018 by Independently published (first published October 15th 2018)
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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
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 b
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 now…simply because it has ‘Princess’ in the title and I’m not a fan of the cover art. We hear it time and time again: Don’t judge a book by it’s 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 can’t relate the two. (Sorry, not
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last! We have our very own lesbian–Game 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 she’d 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 ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jude in the Stars
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 hasn’t 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
AnnMaree Of Oz
DNF at 40%. Just couldn't get into it, which is just my own issue, since so many rated it so highly. I just found the palace politics boring and tedious and there being very little action to hold my attention. I just couldn't care enough to continue.

I did enjoy the slight growth of the Princess Tasia so far, and her connection to her new bodyguard. But found her handmaid Mylla a complete bitch! Which I get is probably the point to showcase the princesses own growth from that stage, and where sh
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
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 you’re a fan of well written fantasy, political intrigue, f/f romance, and a great cliffhanger (really, it’s a very satisfying ‘ending’) then this is the book for you...don’t hesitate, READ THIS. 😊 I very rarely read books for a second time once I’ve finished one but I will def be reading this again and anxiously awaiting the next of the series.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot, the characters, the mystery and everything. I hope we don´t have to wait too long for the sequel.
Laura S
4 Stars - A princess and her bodyguard have some adventures - ending makes you really want to pick up the next book

MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD. I am serious, do not click this link until you have read the book. I am putting these here for myself and anyone else that wants a refresher on major points that happened in this book before starting on book 2: Soldier of Dorsa
also - I listened to the audio book so if I have misspelled names, let me know in the comments and I can fix them. thanks.
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 problems in ...more
Paradise Lost
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
I really enjoyed this book, and am immensely looking forward to the next part
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy the ending of this book left me in tears. Loved loved the world created, and cultures. Of man Joselyn you are amazing. I can ramble on about this book for... I recommend for sure.
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
Annette Mori
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 charact ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This read was most definitely an unexpected hit.
I can't wait to read book 2.
Pam Holzner
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Very well written 5-star read. The second book in the series is now available.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why was this book so bad?

More importantly, why does a book so bad has an average rating of 4.44?

I was intrigued by the plot because it promised the reader an epic fantasy with an LGBTQ twist. But as plot progresses there are many more twists - sexism, racism, idiocy and plenty more. The plot is really badly managed and so very predictable. Maybe it would have helped if the author had included multiple perspective. The story only follows Tasia on her journey to become the Empress, and let me te
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happily surprised by this book, I highly enjoyed reading it. A while ago I picked up this book on a $1 special and even though I like epic fantasy stories, for some reason this book remained in my “to be read” pile for a while (had possibly something to do with the cheesy cover). There are some bumps in this book, but they didn’t bother me much.

The book is written from the POV of Tasia (Princess Natasia) and it starts at a point in her life where her life is easy and uncomplicated. In fac
Shannon Herron
I liked it

Im not really a fan of these types of books and this one took a bit for me but once it got going i really enjoyed it. I am a an of joslyn she is so strong.
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
" 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, an
Tony Hisgett
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt, review
For most of the first half of the book I really didn’t like Tasia, she is spoilt, arrogant and self-centred and I couldn’t develop any empathy for her. It didn’t 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
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I came for a fantasy adventure and instead found a political romance. Still, it has a lot of elements that Myke Cole's Sacred Throne trilogy lacked for me, particularly in the strong but complex lgbt main character and the interesting side characters. ...more
3.5/5 stars.

I’ve 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 didn’t actually do a Certain Thing has made me feel more favorable toward it. Plus, F/F is SO lacking in adult fantasy (I’m wracking my brain and can literally only think of one or two other non-YA books that have F/F romance) that it’s almost difficult not to
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 li
P. Lupin
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect this book to be as entertaining as it was.

It starts quite slow, with a lot of world building and character introductions that made it confusing to follow at first, tbh I only continued reading for the promised romance between the princess and her guard..., and I don't regret that decision at all!

This book has so many twists and turns I found myself not being able to stop reading.

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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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“I ask for you.  I ask for all of you.”  The Princess took a small breath, let it out again.  “I ask for stories of your childhood in Terinto, of the family you scarcely remember, of the tinker who bought you, of how you escaped your second master, of your ku-sai, of your time serving my father in the Imperial Army.  I ask for your thoughts and your dreams, and in the quiet of night, I ask that you confess your fears.  You can have all of me, but that is the price I demand in return.” Joslyn stared at her without speaking, until silence itself rang loudly in Tasia’s ears. “Say something.” “It is a high price,” the guard said. “Say you’ll pay it,” said Tasia, a plea trembling” 2 likes
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