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Oraiáphon: A Novella of The Empire

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Do not read further if you intend to read the Empire's Legacy trilogy!

Can a musician heal, when a physician cannot? All scáelien know the tale of Oraiáphon: how his music tamed the wildest beasts and charmed the darkest god. Only a fableuntil song becomes Sorleys last supplication to bring Cillian back from certain death, for Lena, for their child, and for the
Paperback, 165 pages
Published February 29th 2020 by Arboretum Press
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Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a brief, this trilogy starts off with some serious girl power vibes, moves into the very intriguing political atmosphere and has complicated web of personal relationships throughout with some of the most epic and sweat inducing love stories (inc same sex love stories) I have ever come across. The most important vibe I have got from Marians writing though is that whilst with plenty of twists, there isnt ever a scene introduced simply for shock value. Its as solid a trilogy you can come across. ...more
Karen Heenan
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this novella, the author knowing I was a huge fan of her trilogy. I liked it so much I've pre-ordered it, so that should tell you something.

While this can be read as a stand-alone, it is a perfect bridge book between the Empire's Legacy trilogy and the trilogy to come. It continues on with the stories of previously known characters, introduces new ones, and delves deeper into secondary characters we were introduced to in the previous books.

Mary Yarde
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"Courage comes in many forms, Sorley, and only men blinded by prejudice and thoughtlessness think otherwise."

Lord Sorley had dreamed of becoming a scáeli a travelling musician, a historian, the holders and disseminators of deeds and stories. Instead, he had become a toscaire, an envoy for Linrathe. But his hopes, his dreams no longer matter, for the man he has loved for years is hovering in that shadowy world between life and death.

The doctor has told both Lord Sorley and Lena that Cillian,
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the Empire's Legacy trilogy, one almost angry with the author for finishing it the way she did (read to find out what I mean) I was delighted to find out that the three-year gap between the last chapter and the epilogue of the last book would be expanded into a novella. I was fortunate enough to be a beta-reader and loved the unfinished version already. The final one is wonderful for the fans (I wouldn't recommend it as a standalone, as it's basically one big spoiler for the ...more
Sean Talbot
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series I was bereft when it ended. This little novella gave me a great taste back into this amazing world.

I really love the characters like Casyn who seems to have a larger part in this story. While the story revolves around the main characters from the other books it doesn't just focus on them.

I really think this is just a great book and ties up some loose ends but also adds more as well where we as readers want to see more of these characters and the world that this author has created.
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Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what shed always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the alternative world medieval trilogy Empires Legacy and the companion novella Oraiáphon, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while ...more

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