Born the bastard daughter of a painted lady, Marilia was told she would live out her days within the walls of her mother’s brothel, a companion for the rich men of Tyrace. But after a terrible betrayal, Marilia’s world turns upside down. With the help of her twin brother, Annuweth, she flees the only home she’s ever known in search of the one man who can offer her a chance at a better life–the Emperor of Navessea’s greatest general, a friend of her deceased father.
What follows is a journey spanning years, from the streets of the desert city of Tyracium to the splendor of the emperor’s keep and the wind-swept, wild island of Svartennos. Along the way, Marilia discovers, for the first time, the gift she has for strategy and warfare–a world that is forbidden to girls like her
When the empire is threatened by a foreign invasion, the defense of Navessea is left in the hands of a cruel and arrogant general no match for the empire’s enemy. With the fate of her new home and her family hanging in the balance, Marilia swears to use all her courage and cunning to do whatever she can to help repel the invasion—if she can convince anyone to follow her.
The struggle that follows will test her to her core and lead her back to the past she thought she had escaped. Facing treachery within her own ranks as well as a devious enemy commander, Marilia will need all the help she can get, even if it means doing something her brother may never forgive–making a deal with the man who murdered her father.
Inspired by The Song of Achilles and Ender’s Game, Marilia, the Bastard is a blend of the epic and the personal, a story of romance, envy, the rivalry between brother and sister, and one woman’s painful discovery that her childhood dreams weren’t quite what she imagined.
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About the Author
After being bombarded with one too many school motivational posters, Morgan decided to “shoot for the moon” by pursuing a risky double-major in creative writing and history in the hopes of becoming a novelist on the assumption that the worst-case scenario would be landing among the stars. Morgan instead landed in long-term unemployment (and unpaid internships, let’s not forget the unpaid internships) in small-town Ohio. Eventually, Morgan began making better life choices and now works as an attorney in the public sector while continuing to work on novels on the side, as well as…actually, that's pretty much it. The occasional TV show and roleplaying game? Maybe Morgan should get out more.
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