Bureaucrat by day, fantasy author by night, I began my writing career with several highly questionable life choices, such as a major in history and creative writing that was meant to lead to a glorious career as a fantasy author but instead led to the world of unpaid internships, minimum wage jobs, and a dingy, lightless apartment in small-town Ohio. I suppose I took all those motivational posters about shooting for the moon and landing among the stars far too seriously. Eventually, I decided to pursue an alternative career path (that actually allows me to pay rent) and to write my books on the side. Growing up, my father instilled in me a passion for ancient Greek and Roman history (especially all the battles!), while my brother helped immerse me in the imaginative worlds of Morrowind and Middle Earth. All those influences are very much present in my writing.
Marilia, the master strategist, overlooked by virtue of her sex, is determined to prove her worth to the empire's leaders and to carve out a future for herself with the woman she loves...even if she has to fight tooth and nail for every step of ground.
Annuweth, her twin brother, one of the empire's most talented swordsmen, refuses to live in the shadow of his sister—or to accept second place in their father's heart.
As civil war threatens to tear the empire apart and the death count spirals out of control, both twins will be led inexorably towards a reckoning that could cost them everything.
A guilt-ridden guard captain sets out on a quest into the world's most dangerous city to rescue the world's most disappointing "chosen one": a disgraced young woman condemned for thievery. Hunted by a merciless assassin and facing necromancers, mad queens, and nightmarish swamp monsters, their only ally is a callous bounty hunter with a mysterious past.
Marilia and her twin brother, Annuweth, find themselves on opposite sides of a civil war that threatens to unravel the empire and undo all they fought for. By the time the dust settles and the killing stops, only one of the children of Karthtag-Kal may be left standing.
The girl who became a knight.
The woman who became a general.
The hero who saved an empire.
For fans of The Queen's Gambit and Game of Thrones comes a fantasy epic of war, envy, love, sibling rivalry, and one woman's struggle to find her place in the world.