The Emperor's Arrow
Lauren D.M. Smith
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Grand Prize Winner of Harlequin's 2015 So You Think You Can Write contest
Debut author Lauren D.M. Smith delivers an epic fantasy romance in this soaring tale of a kickass warrior and the emperor she's honor-bound to defend
The bride candidates have been summoned. Their numbers are many, yet only one is an Amazzi warrior. Only one would give her life to protect him.
Evony of Aureline, warrior of her people, has no intention of becoming a hideous old man's bride. Though her people have sworn their loyalty to the legendary emperor Galen, Evony knows little of courts and intrigue. It's simply not her world.
Yet it's on the palace training grounds where Evony's archery skills gain her the respect of soldiers and legates alike. The emperor himself takes notice of the beautiful, ruthless warrior. In turn, the young, steely eyed Galen is nothing at all what Evony expected.
This man could very well conquer her heart. But does he feel the same?
As the rivalry among the remaining bride candidates intensifies and the plot for the throne unfolds, Evony must make a grave choice: fulfill her destiny and protect her people or follow her heart and pursue true love.
Either way, the honor of the Amazzi people and the future of the empire now rests with Evony of Aureline. For she is the Emperor's Arrow.
This book is approximately 85,000 words
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The Bachelor meets Xena Warrior Princess
The Emperor’s Arrow is a masterfully blending of The Bachelor meets Xena Warrior Princess .
Evony is a strong female warrior with mad archery skills. She finds herself thrust into a contest to become the bride of the Emperor. Evony has absolutely no interest in becoming the Emperor’s chosen bride but it is almost immediately apparent that she is going to make her mark on the competition just by being herself.
Evony requests the right to keep her fighting skills up and begins to train with the men, quickly earning their respect and admiration. Galen keeps his true identity from Evony while he trains beside her.
Betrayal makes it certain that Evony will need to use her skills to defend Galen and his people.
I loved Evony, I wasn’t a big fan of Galen. That being said, I still really enjoyed this story.
Smith pens a tale that hauls the reader right in and keeps you invested till the end.
Kudos on this debut, The Emperor’s Arrow will keep me coming back for more.
I received this ARC copy of The Emperor's Arrow from Carina Press in exchange for a honest review.