The Chrysathamere Trilogy
Set in the fictional world of Navessea (sort of what happens when you take the Roman Empire and give it a little Morrowind-esque twist) Chrysathamere is the story of a young woman, Marilia, her twin brother, Annuweth, and the war between them.
Marilia, the Bastard
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 loss and a shocking act of betrayal, Marilia’s world turns upside down. With the help of her twin brother, Annuweth, she flees the only home they’ve ever known in search of the one man who can offer her a chance at a better life–the friend of their deceased father, the commander of the Emperor of Navessea’s finest knights.
What follows is a journey spanning years, from the streets of the desert city of Tyrace to the splendor of the emperor’s keep and the wind-swept, wild island of Svartennos, where farmers tend herds of giant, roaming insects and warriors duel with swords of bright crystal. Along the way, Marilia discovers her true passion, a gift inherited from her father: an uncanny knack for the games of war and strategy that Navessean noble-men play, but which are forbidden to women like her.
When the empire is threatened by an army of bloodthirsty invaders, the defense of Marilia’s homeland is left in the hands of an unstable general she soon realizes is no match for the enemy he faces. With the fate of Navessea 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 manage to 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 and vicious enemy commander, Marilia will need all the help she can get—even if it means turning to the one person she hoped not to need again: her estranged twin brother.