Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.
Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.
Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.
Title: Two Thousand Years
Author: M. Dalto
Genre: Fantasy/New Adult
Publication Date: December 11th 2018
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What does this book have? Political intrigue, soul mates, magic, romance, and Boston. Okay, well, the latter might not matter to you, but it does to me! 😉
To begin with, the characters each have their own personalities; they leaped off the page for me. Alex, in particular, represents both a strong female character and also a typical masshole—which I adore. While it begins in Boston, MA it swiftly transports us to another realm where we meet more characters and get to feel the grittiness of the world. Reylor is a mystery and the antagonist, Treyan is the protag who you find yourself rooting for—unless you’re me, I think… 😉
As the plot unfolds there was something that I do think would trigger some—some sexual abuse—although Dalto didn’t glorify it by any means, I do believe it is worth mentioning. The story moved along quickly and I felt there wasn’t a good place to stop which made me turn the pages all the faster because I needed answers!
All around this is a great read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
M. Dalto is a fiction author of adventurous romantic fantasy and her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards in 2016. She continues to volunteer her time as an Ambassador, where she hopes to engage and inspire new writers. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading
fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.