Friday, September 9, 2016

Title: The Emperor's Arrow
Author: Lauren D.M. Smith

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.


The Emperor's Arrow begins when the emperor Galen decides to to try to find a bride, he holds a competition with all the nobles he governs. Evony doesn't want to be an emperor's bride, and she's never been around all of these other women who only care about court and fashion. She's a trained warrior, and wants to continue being that way. 

However, along the way Galen has a use of her and she is loyal to him so she must do as he wishes, but she also seems to be starting to have feelings for him. These two have a strange journey ahead of them if they wish to make it out together and alive as well. 

This book was very interesting. I thought it was really good, and I adored the whole plot line. 

Now, I'm not really used to audio books, but I got this one from the library and thought I would try it. I liked the narrator, but I'm not sure if it was the author or narrator who made some of the feelings of the main two characters a little difficult to "feel" sometimes. 

That's the only downside to this story. 
Other wise it had action, romance, major fantasy, and a freaking awesome kick-ass heroine! I loved both main characters, and the whole plot line! 
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