Book Review: Mark of the Empress (The Empire Saga #2) by M. Dalto

I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to The Parliament House and M. Dalto for giving me access. 

Title: Mark of the Empress
Author: M. Dalto
Published by: The Parliament House
Publication date: November 12, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Fiction


An Empress ripped back to the life she left behind.

A Prince desperate to save his people.

One child lost within another realm, the other dependent on their constant protection.

Betrayed by those closest to her, Empress Alexstrayna must figure out a way to get it all back – her throne, her people, her son. 

Fulfilling a two-thousand-year-old prophecy, Reylor, the banished Lord Steward, has stripped Alex of her rightful rule and set in motion a chain of events even he, himself, does not fully understand. Determined to strip his brother of happiness by any means possible, his actions send Alex and Treyan back to Boston and away from the Empire they called home.

Blinded by vengeance with hate running thick within her veins, the Empress must consider the ramifications of their return, for better or for worse. But when an unexpected visitor offers help assist with their attempts, Alex and Treyan need to determine how best to reclaim their Empire without more lives lost before whatever time they have left runs out.

It’s time to return to the Empire. Are you prepared to join the battle?


Welcome back to the Empire. Were you hoping for a happy reunion and being welcomed with open arms?

If so, this book is not for you.

Two Thousand Years (TTY) left us with a cliffhanger and now this one was a rollercoaster of twists and turns. A surprise around every corner! Literally! I am still crying over that ending.

This book is also a little slower than TTY, but Dalto still has a way to keep you interested until the last page.

Mark of the Empress does a wonderful job at subtly telling you to not to believe everything you are told. There is always a story to both sides of war. 

And now, the most difficult thing for a reader to do, is to wait for book #3. 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

What do you think about Mark of the Empress? Are you going to give it a read? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always



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