The Emperor’s Arrow

By Lauren D.M. Smith

Emperor's Arrow


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.


The Emperor’s Arrow is a debut novel from Lauren D.M. Smith.  This story was smart and packed with action.

Galen is an emperor that is in need of protecting his empire.  Even if that means gaining a wife. He decides that he should hold a contest to decide who his wife should be.  Each of the different factions in the empire are to send their bride candidates.  Only problem is, are all the candidates friendly to his empire and his ideals?

Evony of Aureline from the Amazzi people entered an a contest with her sisters not knowing what the prize was.  If she had known that the prize was that she would be put in another contest to become wife of the emperor she may not have tried so hard to win.  From the moment she gets to imperial palace she earns the respect from almost all of the people she meets.

I love the way that Evony has unwavering confidence and loyalty.  There is not question in her mind what her skills are and that her people live a a code of loyalty to the emperor.  It’s her confidence that is the most attractive quality that she has and she is a really good role model to all who read her story.

The Emperor’s Arrow

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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