The Emperor's Arrow

The Emperor's Arrow

by 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460397435
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 162,479
File size: 651 KB

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The Emperor's Arrow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, good world building, nice plot, and the characters were great. Looking forward to more from this author...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the lead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid characters and good world-building, but with quite a few typographical errors. This definitely reads like a first novel, but the author shows promise. I look forward to reading her future books, as she improves her craft. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very enjoyable. Nice romance. A good side plot with a bit of mystery and pretty good love scenes. A good fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is fresh and different. The lead has spunk. The story is unique in the women warrior aspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not like your usual romance novel but just as good
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved how she was a warrior, strong enough to follow her people’s ways, while respecting others’ beliefs. I enjoyed the way the romance was presented. I’m about to read the other two books by the author that I just ordered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable fast-paced read. Highly recommended for fan of the fantasy genres. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, which reminded me of the Greeks and Amazons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REAL READER. This was a very enjoyable read. The female lead a strong character with no excuses. The intimacy was handled with grace and tact. I will definitly be adding this author to my reading list. Alternate world building well done without being overwhelming. Evn thou there was an ending it was done in such away that the world can be returned to. Thanks so much good writing.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Loved Evony, she was perfect. Original plot, non-stop action. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was one with a good plot and a strong heroine. I also liked the secondary characters too.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Emperor's Arrow,  Lauren D.M. Smith Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Fantasy & Sci-fi I wasn’t sure about this, but it sounded intriguing.  It was a fun read and I loved Evony, such an independent, strong woman. She had this way of summing up people, speaking her mind without being rude, managing to ignore for the most part the irritating, fluttery,  squealy, girly, girls and yet was open and kind to those who were in need of help and a friendly face. I loved the way she talked to Galen and some of the dialogue between them was excellent and yet...the romance. I just wasn’t feeling it, the sex/kissing scenes felt awkward and stilted, and I just didn’t feel a proper sense of sizzle, sexual tension, the can’t-stay-away pull that  usually goes with this kind of read – well, the ones I like.   In many ways it reminded me of Kiera Cass Selection novels, same kind of premise, same kind of issues throughout, but it didn’t quite have the contrasts of those, the plots lacked the intrigue and depth of the Cass ones. Its still a great debut book, and I’m sure Lauren has some great stories to come out that will appeal to me in the future, but for now this book is a good read, not a great one. Of course that’s my view, for many others it’ll be a great read as it is. The beauty of books is the way we all want different characters, divergent issues, things that appeal to some of us others loathe. It means somewhere there's a book for every reader. Stars:Three, a good debut. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher