She sang of the spirits and the forests, and how a strong soul would grow a tree that reached to the sky. She sang until his muscled shoulders stilled beneath her hands, until his breathing steadied against her throat, and only then allowed the last note to trail away. Then she pushed him upright and kissed his forehead. “For Yaro. May his tree grow to tower above all others.”
The Dark Shores world that Danielle L. Jensen created is full of roman inspiration, nail biting war, a dash of fantasy, and enough love to keep the romantics coming back for more with each book.
Tarnished Empire follows Marcus and the 37th legion in their fight against the rebels, and another conquest in the name of The Empire.
With 3 POVs, this short, but powerly packed book will give you a full spectrum insight to war, love, and a brotherhood.
The other 2 POVs to accompany Marcus are:
Agrippa – soldier, smarty-pants, and all around flirt… who thinks his legacy is to be carried through by the 37 as they chant his name and the victory he took, but his heart may be lost to the laundress and rebel that he can’t stay away from, even if it means losing his dreams.
Silvara – a strong woman who only wants to be a weapon for the rebels, but the sharpness of her mind is put to work as she seduces the soldier…. but there might be more to him than a cold blooded killer, and choosing love over family will not be an easy choice.
All 3 books can be read out of order, but must be read before Gilded Serpent.
Dark Skies was rated best of fantasy on my blog in 2020 and this book just added to the intrigue of this world.
Thanks to the DLJ for my ARC.
world building- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
romance- slow burn
steam- “well I learned each piece of a soldier’s armor and in what order it is best taken off…”