Two Thousand Years (The Empire Saga #1)
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.

Two Thousand Years (The Empire Saga #1) Details

TitleTwo Thousand Years (The Empire Saga #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherThe Parliament House
Rating
GenreFantasy, New Adult, Romance, Fiction, Magic

Two Thousand Years (The Empire Saga #1) Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read this blurb, I was like finally an NA book that sounds awesome with a good plot. And let me tell you, the book did live up to the blurb! Plus, yes, plenty of swoon. I mean, swoooooooooooooooooooon! Dear, Alex—you were pretty badass and also had to put up with some crazy crap! Dear, Treyan—you have my heart! Dear, Reylor—you are a crazy, crazy thing, but I still like you! Does that make me a bad person? The characters were on point! Plus, I got several things that I wasn't suspec When I first read this blurb, I was like finally an NA book that sounds awesome with a good plot. And let me tell you, the book did live up to the blurb! Plus, yes, plenty of swoon. I mean, swoooooooooooooooooooon! Dear, Alex—you were pretty badass and also had to put up with some crazy crap! Dear, Treyan—you have my heart! Dear, Reylor—you are a crazy, crazy thing, but I still like you! Does that make me a bad person? The characters were on point! Plus, I got several things that I wasn't suspecting, and when that happens, that makes me a super happy camper!The world building was wonderfully done, the writing was addicting, and the overall plot was superb! Oh, and yes, there is a cliffhanger and my heart will be asunder until I read book 2!
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  • MS Zame
    January 1, 1970
    Note: These were(are) my opinions about the wattpad version (now taken down).My Full Wattpad review:https://www.wattpad.com/416620867-cou...Can İ just fangirl a bit before starting this review?This book is everything my life amd beyond. It's not one of those books that you exactly have to relate to to love. It just grabs you by the collar and makes you adore its every single page. This may be a pet peeve of mine, but I don't like purple prose unless it's used to describe something that seems bea Note: These were(are) my opinions about the wattpad version (now taken down).My Full Wattpad review:https://www.wattpad.com/416620867-cou...Can İ just fangirl a bit before starting this review?This book is everything my life amd beyond. It's not one of those books that you exactly have to relate to to love. It just grabs you by the collar and makes you adore its every single page. This may be a pet peeve of mine, but I don't like purple prose unless it's used to describe something that seems beautiful to the character or creates a desired effect. And this book has very rare moments of purple prose, but it serves the above purpose and effect. Alex... let's just call her Sassy Alex okay. Her sass and sarcasm isn't exactly what we see in female MCs. İt's usually the guy who's sarcastic in novels, so the gender switch was refreshingThe fantasy genre has created this fierce female with no emotional depth cliche, but this doesn't happen here. Alex is fierce, but hella awesome characterisation.And Treyan, my baby Treyan, he literally sweeps her off her feet. His character development from being an immature prince to a responsible person is impeccable. It made me love him more. Period. Plus he makes me want to break into a chorus, singing "Ocean blue eyes looking at mine/I feel like I might... SINK AND DROWN AND DDIIIIEEE"(that's actually how I'm singing that in my head lol).As for Reylor, he's a tough cookie that one. He's the type of character whom you'll hate at first, but get to love through the series. The pacing, overall, I loved and the writing was brilliant. My only qualm was there not being enough diversity, but the series makes up for that in the later books *wink wink*. I'm not of the opinion that there should be a specific quota for diversity (despite being WOC myself), because sometimes it feels unnatural and unwanted. Misrepresentation is worse than underrepresentation, in my opinion(you're welcome to disagree).And this series hasn't sinned in that area. Okay, I'll stop before I go all spoilery. I just can't wait to get my hands on the physical copy now.UPDATE:Aİ, ME SEES NEW COVER İ JUST CAN'T <333
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Two Thousand Years is the first book in the Empire Saga by author M. Dalto. The Empire Saga is a new adult fantasy romance, my very favorite kind! I really enjoyed two Thousand years and I can already tell that The Empire Saga is going to be a series that I will love! I am already itching to get my hands on the next book! I don't see too many new adult fantasy's but it is one of my very favorite genres, especially wh **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Two Thousand Years is the first book in the Empire Saga by author M. Dalto. The Empire Saga is a new adult fantasy romance, my very favorite kind! I really enjoyed two Thousand years and I can already tell that The Empire Saga is going to be a series that I will love! I am already itching to get my hands on the next book! I don't see too many new adult fantasy's but it is one of my very favorite genres, especially when there is romance involved. Two Thousand Years starts with a setup that I have found I really enjoy. Our main character, Alexandra, is a normal girl living a very normal life, before she gets swept away into a fantasy world. I mean, who doesn't dream of that at least once? I ended up liking Alex, and I think she is the type of character that I will continue to like more and more as the books go on, and the series progresses and grows. But she started out pretty strong. I mean she was dumped into a crazy new world, and once we learned about the prophesy things got even crazier. I do wish we got a little more background on the prophecy itself, but that might be something we learn more about in upcoming books. I have a feeling there are plenty of twists, turns and surprises up M. Dalto's sleeves, and I cannot wait to discover what they are! As much as I liked Alex as a character, there was one character that completely stole my heart, and what was Treyan! Can you say swoon? I loved him throughout the whole novel, but as a character he also manages to have impressive growth from the start to end of the novel. He just kept getting better and better! I will have more on Treyan and Alex after I read the sequel, so hold tight for my romance thoughts after the next book, but for now, just know that I love Treyan with a serious fierceness. And then we have our villain- Reylor. He is an interesting fellow, and one that I am seriously looking forward to learning more about. I did feel like his character development felt a little flat at times in the book, but I think we will peel back more of his layers as the series progresses. Once we do, I think Reylor might be one of the most interesting characters in the series! Bottom line: If you are a fan of fantasy romance, and you are looking for a great new adult fantasy novel, you need to check out Two Thousand Years. This book has an excellent world set up and a fantastic plot. It is one of my favorite books of the year, and I can't wait to continue on with this series! I need book 2 in my hands right now. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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  • Laynie
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, you are not going to be able to put this book down. Before we even get into the book, I wanted to say a few things about the cover. There is so much going on here but not in a distracting or “too-busy” way. We’re able to see both the skyline of the Empire and Boston as well as the clock which ties in to the 2000 year old prophecy. I think it meshes several of the story elements in a very elegant and beautiful fashion. Had I not received the E- If you loved the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, you are not going to be able to put this book down. Before we even get into the book, I wanted to say a few things about the cover. There is so much going on here but not in a distracting or “too-busy” way. We’re able to see both the skyline of the Empire and Boston as well as the clock which ties in to the 2000 year old prophecy. I think it meshes several of the story elements in a very elegant and beautiful fashion. Had I not received the E-Arc, the cover alone would have granted this book “pick up and check the blurb” worthy stance in my opinion. Alex is just your average twenty two year old barista in Boston until she arrives back at home from a night on the town to find her place ransacked. Worse yet? It seems the intruders are still there. Soon she finds herself caught in a fierce battle between two complete strangers. And they’re calling her Empress Alexstrayna? Confused and a little pissed off Alex demands answers but before she can get any, the one stranger with dangerously beautiful blue eyes who won the battle holds her close and her world falls into darkness. When she awakes, she finds herself in a mysterious realm. There are two suns, but no electricity (or coffee, GASP) and they’re still calling her that strange name. Soon Alex finds out that this realm is ruled by the prophecy of a magical tome (the annals). There is always twin brothers born to the previous Empress in this land at the exact same time that the eldest child’s future wife (the next empress) is born on earth. The Crown Prince will start to dream of her, build a key to our realm, and retrieve her. Two thousand years ago (get it?) the Prophecy of Fire and Light spoke of a Queen Empress that would lead this land into a time of peace and tranquility. The history of the realm instead reveals that a forbidden love for the Empress lead to a war that decimated the area and caused a great split in its population. Now it seems the same thing is happening to Alex as she finds herself smack dab in the middle of a sibling rivalry of epic proportions. Alex is a “take no crap, but do no harm” kind of girl. She doesn’t just go along with things because they would be easier for her. She has to know the "why", the "how", and the "what would happen if I didn’t". She’s the kind of girl I’d want on my side in a fight. Her stubbornness and insubordination make this book an exciting read. This isn’t your mother’s princess story. The love interest, Treyan, is just flawed enough to be real and just swoon-worthy enough to understand why Alex would want to stick around for a bit. When things are at their worst, he doesn’t give up on Alex. He is always there giving her the space she needs and it’s absolutely beautiful to see a male love interest who understands and respects boundaries. The antagonist, Reylor, is brutal in his pursuit of his goal. I hope that we find out more about his motivation later in the book series because there had better be a darn good reason for his actions or else his character has no attempt at redemption. But in a way that’s what we want from villains. Someone whose actions compel us to hate them. I also have a bit of a grudge against Reylor for a particular character death that I will not give away in this review (because, spoilers), even though he doesn’t claim responsibility for it. It leaves off on a huge cliff hanger and I’m dying to read the next book now, but overall this book has been one of my favorites in a long time. Suddenly, I find myself wishing “I” was Empireborn instead of Alex.
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  • Sally Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, for the arc of this wonderful book!I loved it!What a great story, it held me from the get go, a strong female lead, with Alex, with a little love story with Treylan, nice to have the love without the smut!And of course an evil villain, (there needs to be a bad guy!)I can’t wait to see where this series goes, hopefully the wait won’t be too long.Did I mention that I loved this book?❤🤣 Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, for the arc of this wonderful book!I loved it!What a great story, it held me from the get go, a strong female lead, with Alex, with a little love story with Treylan, nice to have the love without the smut!And of course an evil villain, (there needs to be a bad guy!)I can’t wait to see where this series goes, hopefully the wait won’t be too long.Did I mention that I loved this book?❤️🤣
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  • queen0f_hearts
    January 1, 1970
    ** Beforehand: I was granted a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion by The Parliament House ** First of all, I’ve been surprised by how intriguing the story is and even more how much I developed to feel for the characters. That attachment especially to one character came 100% unexpected and I’m still not sure where it came from, not entirely at least. Summed up, this definitely is a 4-star read and it actually had potential to get 5 stars. There were two reasons which made me ** Beforehand: I was granted a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion by The Parliament House ** First of all, I’ve been surprised by how intriguing the story is and even more how much I developed to feel for the characters. That attachment especially to one character came 100% unexpected and I’m still not sure where it came from, not entirely at least. Summed up, this definitely is a 4-star read and it actually had potential to get 5 stars. There were two reasons which made me refrain, though. No.1: I simply leave some room to increase because I mostly was overwhelmed by the end, therefore I’ll see what the continuation has it store (whenever it will be released...) And No.2: While reading chapter 1, I quickly noticed the amount of typos and grammar and spelling issues. It seems as if there wasn’t a proof-reader and if there was, I’m sorry to say, they made a poor job. It’s quite a shame, tbh. Anyways, now let’s dive deeper into the story and it’s characters.The plot itself wasn’t what I would call unique or original. There’s the main protagonist and heroine-to-be who is dragged to an unknown empire which she is to rule along-side with the crown prince whom she is to marry and to give children. Outside of the empire, there — of course — is the realm of the villain of the story. The antagonist who has his own story to tell and this is where Two Thousand Years differs from other ya books. In this series we are introduced to the Prophecy and the Annals of the empire. In this empire everything is predestined, everything is already determined, there’s no alternation from the course of the Annals and their Prophecy must be fulfilled. I liked this idea very much which is comparable to the structure of some religious ideas I would say. It’s amazing how much devotion and faith the citizens and the empire’s rulers put into that book without questioning it and (though I am a religious person), I totally understand why someone would go against the Prophecy to have a free life and set their own course. Something like that.Within this setting, the heroine-to-be Alex is brought to the empire, she meets the crown prince and ...well, things happen as they ought to happen. There were moments when I wondered how easily everything played out but then there was the villain who never failed to surprise and entertain me. He really was the perfect addition to put the stakes higher. No spoilers, though.The characters were special in their own ways. As it might already be obvious, I liked the villain very much. His name is Reylor and I couldn’t help but adore how he always seemed to be kind of in control of everything, although the Annals should have been. His ultimate goal is reasonable which I think is very important to accept such an antagonist. I still wish for more about his past to be revealed in the next book or so. More of his thoughts and mind-setting to truly understand him. I crave for more insight. Nonetheless, don’t get me wrong, though I understand his reasoning, he commits some terrible crimes throughout the book and I feel I should take a minute to state I don’t support those crimes because they were of the cruelest nature. Luckily, this is only fiction, so I can love him as a character. And the end of the book, his performance and especially what he took leave me with so many headcanons, I honestly loooooved that development!The other two main protagonists were Alex and her crown prince Treyan and oooooh, the author, or the Annals, truly wanted me to ship them. Get yourself a Treyan and you’ll be the happiest of girls! He’s so lovely and charming and good-looking. There really are at least two thousand reasons to love him. There also were moments when I loathed him, though, but that is another story to tell. As crown prince he did a proper job and as Alex’s beloved as well. I enjoyed this pairing a lot and I’m curious to see what challenges they’ll face together. Actually, I could marvel about Treyan endlessly but this is supposed to be spoiler-free, soooooo.... read the book!Next, taking a look at Alex, for me it’s hard to link with female characters but that’s a personal issue of mine. Her behavior and actions in general were extremely realistic for someone in her position and this truly surprised me. I think the author did an excellent job when displaying her character and letting her grow. Since the story was mostly told from her point of view, I got a lot of insight and this maybe made her feel so authentic. I can’t say anything bad about her.Sadly, aside of those three main protagonists, there weren’t much other side characters. There was the counsellor who actually played an important part but there wasn’t much info about him. All other characters but the three mains were introduced and sometimes interacted with the mains but I always felt like only touching the surface. I think this could have been better. Treyan’s connection to his leading guard Jamison seemed promising and Alex and her maids should have been depicted with more care, too. This could have really sold out for happenings that occur later in the book... To be honest, I believe, the author here missed great opportunities.Talking about opportunities, let’s take a look at the pacing. Sometime later in the book, after certain events, things felt a bit rushed and actually after finishing this first installment it appears as if this alone could have been a trilogy, if there had been more emphasis on the side characters, their bonds to the mains. Some moments were a great opportunity to dwell in but it didn’t happen. I am not really complaining about this but I think it should handled with a bit more care.Finally, let’s take a look at the world-building. At first, I always crackle up at the thought the empire is called The Empire because why even accept there could another one? It’s funny and I appreciate and praise their self-awareness and confidence. The other place was called the Borderlands, not very creative but well... they’re the lands at the border, so what else would the rulers and citizens of The Empire call the other territory? It’s not like they’re very creative at giving names! However, the Borderlands were adequately depicted. At least, for me it was enough to have an image in my head. But the Empire, I think this could have been portrayed with more details. I barely learnt about the towns and the citizens feelings towards their royals, for example. And I wasn’t sure how richly I ought to paint the environment in my mind. Is everything in prosperity? There were moments when was convinced the answer is yes, in others I thought the time of prosperity is still to come. Hm.To sum it up, as you can see, I missed details and further bonds. Everything was so very focused on the three main protagonists. But taking them into my focus, there’s very much to enjoy about this book and the last chapters definitely did blow me away. What can I say? I’m sold. Especially because of Reylor. Don’t judge me if you happen to despise him.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds like something I'd like...
  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    I did um and ah a little before requesting Two Thousand Years on NetGalley. The premise sounded good, but I was on the fence. In the end the good reviews decided me, but sadly I didn't feel the book in the way those readers did. First off, the good points. I really enjoyed the set up of the story, with a normal young woman swept out of her life and taken to another realm to fulfill a prophecy. It had all the makings of a great tale. Unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to care much about the c I did um and ah a little before requesting Two Thousand Years on NetGalley. The premise sounded good, but I was on the fence. In the end the good reviews decided me, but sadly I didn't feel the book in the way those readers did. First off, the good points. I really enjoyed the set up of the story, with a normal young woman swept out of her life and taken to another realm to fulfill a prophecy. It had all the makings of a great tale. Unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to care much about the characters. I didn't hate them, but they didn't thrill me, and I found the progression of the story pretty predictable, so it struggled to hold my attention. Mostly, I disliked Reylor. I wanted to understand him and his motives more. He came across a little two-dimensional. He did some truly awful things, but I didn't feel I ever understood why, except that they made him 'the villain'. I would have liked to have understood the world of the Empire and the Prophecy more than I did. Often when things happened it seemed only to be because it served the plot and what the author wanted to have occur next. There were also a few grammatically niggles, with incorrect tense cropping up here and there.I am hovered between two and three stars on this one, but in the end I have gone with three, simply because I did like the idea even if the book didn't quite come together overall for me. Plus, there are plenty of positive reviews on this one, so just because it didn't suit me, it doesn't mean other readers won't find something to enjoy here.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Neonila
    January 1, 1970
    TW: rape, mention of abortion, general stupid bitch energy.There was an attempt, but I can't say that it was a very successful one. That is particularly sad because I was enjoying it in the beginning, but it got progressively worse and worse.Everything about this book was enjoyable at first. I never thought that it was going to be anything groundbreaking, but it had a certain charm that kept me reading. While the writing and the plot wasn't that great, I was certainly hooked with how things were TW: rape, mention of abortion, general stupid bitch energy.There was an attempt, but I can't say that it was a very successful one. That is particularly sad because I was enjoying it in the beginning, but it got progressively worse and worse.Everything about this book was enjoyable at first. I never thought that it was going to be anything groundbreaking, but it had a certain charm that kept me reading. While the writing and the plot wasn't that great, I was certainly hooked with how things were moving along.I feel like one of the reasons this book didn't work for me is because the insta-love factor was too strong in this story. At first I didn't mind it that much, because I've read worse, but it kept getting worse. Not only did they get into a relationship after knowing each other for like 2 days, but half way through the story they got engaged and the main character got pregnant (it wasn't the love interest's child, but anyway). And the love interest was just a typical YA dude. A smirking, slightly cocky hot dude.The plot was a big flop, in my opinion. I was confused from page one and nothing actually happened, and if something important happened, the pacing was very weird. Also, some of the characters' decisions were very frustrating and ultimately they made me like this book less. Overall, Two Thousand Years was not for me and I really wish I liked it more.
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!I liked the setting and premise of this book — I like the idea of a seemingly regular girl actually belonging to another world, and the whole idea of fulfilling a prophecy. It's a well-established idea but it has so many possible endings that could go along with it. However, I felt that the relationship between Alex and Treyan developed too quickly; it felt like a case of insta-love, which I disliked. It made me feel disconnected from them as characters. Treyan ju Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!I liked the setting and premise of this book — I like the idea of a seemingly regular girl actually belonging to another world, and the whole idea of fulfilling a prophecy. It's a well-established idea but it has so many possible endings that could go along with it. However, I felt that the relationship between Alex and Treyan developed too quickly; it felt like a case of insta-love, which I disliked. It made me feel disconnected from them as characters. Treyan just sort of felt a bit bland as a character to me because it felt like he was primarily set up as a love interest. I was also disappointed with Reylor's characterisation; he just felt a bit two dimensional, as other readers have pointed out. I didn't feel like I understood his motivations, which would have made him more of a nuanced character. Hopefully that will improve later in the series.In summary, I think that this book had a lot of good potential, given its promising premise, but unfortunately I was disappointed with its execution.
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