A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory.
Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion. He must face the true cost of being a leader. And an oppressor.
Agrippa sets his sights on glory to fill the deepening void within him. He discovers that the price of fame might not just be paid in blood, it might be paid by his heart.
Silvara joins the rebel forces to fight against the legions who would see her family dead. While she dreams of being a warrior, she finds her sharpest weapon is seduction. But to defeat the Empire, she’ll have to betray the young man who now has her heart.
Inspired by the harsh world of ancient Rome, readers are obsessed with this martial tale of fiery romance, friendship, and enmity. Told from three points of view, TARNISHED EMPIRE is filled with twists you’ll never see coming but will keep you turning the pages all night.
TARNISHED EMPIRE is set in the world of Danielle L. Jensen’s DARK SHORES. But readers new to the world can begin here.
RELEASE DATE: 01/26/2021
I love Jensen’s Dark Shores books, so hearing there was going to be a little ‘.5’ book, well I definitely and immediately signed up for a chance to read it before it came out. I was not disappointed.
After not reading the books for a while, I completely forgot how much I missed the 37th legion and Marcus so it was great to see their sort of ‘humble’ (read that as dark and tragically sad) beginnings under the 29th legion.
They go through so much, and Marcus, despite being this guy you sometimes want to smack upside the head, proves why he is such a good leader.
All the characters in this have so many hard choices to make and they all make what they believe to be the best choice while knowing it’s hard and ugh so much pain, hits you right in the gut, that’s how every hard decision felt for me as a reader.
Marcus shows another side, and one that’s for his men that he doesn’t even show them! It’s so impressive how many layers there are to this guy but I did love Agrippa more and it’s easy to when Agrippa can do things differently that Marcus has to do by the rules.
Though this isn’t as long as the other books and could be considered a novella, it is most certainly enough to be a book. And best of all you can read this one in any order you please with the other two, and soon to be three, Dark Shores books.
I actually thought this was a tough read for my little black heart, I wanted to hide all the members of the legion under a blanket and protect them. Except one. You know who you are. But I also LOVED seeing how Marcus was before the events of the first Dark Shores book and getting to know Agrippa this well!
Silvara’s chapters were definitely super interesting and as you see her and Agrippa interacting, holy cow, it kinda has you on the edge of your seat towards the end, wondering how the opposition will fare with the truth(s) out!
SPEAKING OF WHICH.
IT WAS MIND-NUMBINGLY SHOCKING SOMEHOW DESPITE HAVING AN INKLING THAT THIS ENDING WASN’T GOING TO BE A RAINBOW DELIGHT OF SUNSHINE.
Shouting over with, all things aside…
Great pacing, excellent writing style as always from Jensen not to mention more world-building for the Dark Shores universe. Combine that with a good and solid plot, intrigue, heart-wrenching moments, and shocking revelations…I’ll give 5/5 cups of hot chocolate.
Thanks so much to the author for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion. This book comes out digitally tomorrow (1/26/2021) for readers!