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Empire's Hostage by Marian L. Thorpe
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In this next book of the Empire Series, Lena, a Guardswoman of the Empire, must travel far from home, when she is ordered to journey to the Northmen’s land by the Emperor as an exchange hostage for an uneasy truce. There in the foreign North, she learns about the Northmen’s culture and teaches them about her own. But by doing so, Lena’s world becomes turned upside down when she discovers new truths. Eventually, she is thrust into untenable situations and made a pawn of political intrigues beyond her control, with her very life at stake.

Lena is not a fantasy heroine that is an unstoppable butt-kicker with medieval weaponry, though she does have some training, instead, she is a learner and a thinker. Lena uses her mind with plots and tactics and does not like to rush into a fray atop her horse waving her sword or mowing down soldiers with her bow.

The novel ends on a dark note but promises more to come for Lena, and for her to learn more about the broader world and its secrets. Will she discover something to bring peace? Or will new knowledge bring horrible truths? We’ll find that out in the next books.

I recommend this book for those looking for a realistic (no magic) fantasy world (yes there is a map) with an atypical female main character. The series promises to expand on its world’s boundaries as it goes, which means there is plenty of potential. There are no dragon-queens or wizards, but if you are big on epic fantasy series then give this one a chance.
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