Princess of Dorsa

The Chronicles of Dorsa, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Saydah
Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
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The fate of an empire lies in the hands of one untested princess.

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she was a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor.

Everything changes when an unknown, would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire - but who? Was the assassin aligned with the power-hungry Western lords, who have always rebelled against the Emperor? Was he hired by the barbarians in the East; who are fighting against the Empire’s subjugation? Or was he a member of the mysterious Cult of Culo?

Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir. There hasn't been a female heir to the throne in living memory, but as palace intrigue becomes increasingly dangerous, the reckless, rebellious, and stubborn princess suddenly has to face the responsibility of learning to lead. Will she rise to the occasion? Or will the Empire fall at the hands of one of its many enemies?

For fans of epic fantasy...with an LGBTQ twist.

©2018 Eliza Andrews (P)2018 Eliza Andrews

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Can’t wait for the next one!

I never write reviews, but I as I finished this book I felt like I had to. I was sucked into the story and began to care about the characters quickly. The story ticked a lot of boxes for me as well, such as political intrigue, magic/fantasy elements, romance, intelligent strong female characters , and a bit of witty humor. The performance by the narrator was really good as well. She used varies voices, accents, and intonation for many characters as well as had nice speed/timing throughout the story.

If these qualities seem like something you’d enjoy, I highly recommend giving this book a chance. I definitely was not disappointed :)

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The perfect blend of fantasy and lesbian romance.

It has an amazing plot and well written characters. I cannot wait for the next.

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For what it is, not bad at all

It kept me listening, and I'll keep an eye out for more. Nowhere near the depth of storytelling as Sarah Waters but A LOT better than most other lesbian books out there. Definitely recommend if you like fantasy and strong female characters.

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So pleasantly surprised.

I’ve always understood the concept of representation, but this book really hit home. I love the otherworld/ fantasy genre, and Andrews really did a fantastic job. Being able to actually identify with the characters was mind-blowing. Is this what straight people get to enjoy when they read cis character fantasy books?! Thank you Eliza Andrews.

Elizabeth Saydah did well with the the three lead characters (including Mila). The men tended to sound the same but it wasn’t a big deal.

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A fantastic read.

The world building and characters are absolutely phenomenal in this book. From chapter one, I have adored Tasia as a character and can barely wait to read about more of her story. Every character made sense and felt real, and all of the drama came from their own beliefs and desires interacting. It made for one of hell of a story.

The quality of the writing is also impressive. The word choice, use of language, imagery, and style all come together to create a book that is an absolute pleasure to read.

Then on top of that, the narrator does a spectacular job. Each character has their own voice and feels unique, and I'm a little in love with her Joselyn. I hope the writer and this narrator continue to work together and I'm already considering buying their last book.

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Buy it. It’s amazing.

It’s an amazing story with intriguing complex characters. It’s the fantasy novel the lgbt community deserves.

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Brilliant!

To Eliza Andrews: Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart thank you for writing this book. I can not wait for the next in the series. During my early formative years, figuring out I was bi was a hugely scary prospect. Thankfully I fell in to theatre, which was a widely supportive community, but I wish books like this we're available when I was in the middle of it - brilliant stories with good representation. Thank you, again.

To everyone else: This is an amazing story for fans of multiple genres. There's a sweet under current romance amidst a political coup set into a fantasy world. So much is set for this to continue to be a great series. If you love scifi/fantasy get it! If you like mystery and intrigue with a host of intertwining storylines and motives, get it! If you are part of the LGBT community wanting an exciting fantasy based story with some beautiful representation - get this book!!! Audio was lovely too. Took a few chapters to get used to voice/characters but Elizabeth Saydah does an incredible job. Honestly, I can't recommend this enough.

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Exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

I’ve been waiting for a epic fantasy novel that has a queer romance in the subplot. There have been many but none this good. I can’t wait for book 2.

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Excellent & Can't Wait For Book 2!

The narration was fabulous, the story was engaging. Took me about a week to get through this book, I listened every chance I could. Can't wait for book 2!

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Wonderful fantasy with great leading couple

I don’t usually write reviews but this story was one that I couldn’t stop listening to. The story had everything that keeps me listening: adventure, strong female lead, compelling relationship and many obstacles to overcome. I truly did not want it to end. So please write another soon :-).

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  • KL
  • 09-12-19

Ahhh!

This was a really well written fantasy story with lesbians! I can’t wait for the second one!

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  • Emily
  • 01-29-19

Anxiously awaiting the next book!

Refreshing find from an already favorite author, can not wait for sequel. Narrator was spot on as well.

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  • H
  • 06-02-19

A pleasure of a queer fantasy novel

The characterisation, storytelling, world-building and exquisite queer romance had me absolutely gripped by this story, and I would have marathoned the whole thing in 6 hour stints if it wouldn't have meant I'd be without something to read until I got my new audiobook credit. I'm absolutely in love with the romance between the two women protagonists, and I love seeing it within a fantasy setting. The politics of the world are complex and interesting without being boring or over-complicated, the characters are likable and flawed and develop realistically over the course of the story, and the romance between the protagonists grows and flourishes in a completely authentic way. An absolute pleasure to read, and I'm itching for the next installment.

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  • Dave
  • 04-04-19

Awesome read.

I really enjoyed this book . Well written and very well narrated. The voice acting was really well done and very believable. The story is exciting and emotional. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys lesbian fantasy.

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  • TomL
  • 01-17-20

great start

I bought this first volume of a swords and sorcery epic just to give it a try.
I was impressed with it to the extent that I "read" it straight through and now have to go looking for the next volume. great start,keep it up.

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  • wissy
  • 01-07-20

Good start to an epic fantasy story

A coming of age/ inherit the crown story with an epic fantasy background. The story world is multifaceted; the characters are interesting and still developing even at the end of the book. There are a number of twists along the way ... I am looking forward to the next book.

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  • Foxy
  • 01-03-20

Can't wait for book 2

Really enjoyed this fantasy book which included a lesbian story in it. It was well narrated and written, can’t wait for book 2.

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  • Adaobi
  • 08-07-19

Entertaining Tale & Brillant Narration.

Enjoyed this & the narrator was on point. Definitely looking forward to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-19

great listen

Really enjoyed the book. looking forward to the next one.

Only minor issue was an occasional stutter in the reading

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  • Andreas Thorelli
  • 05-15-20

Lesbians and high fantasy, a match made in heaven

The kindle version of this book uses sentence spacing. Two presses of the space bar after each sentence, instead of one. A practice I find extraordinarily distracting to the eyes, so much so that I was ready to give up on experiencing the Princess of Dorsa entirely.

Thank goodness I found the audible version instead. Because the only reason the spacing issue is worth mentioning is that this is the ONLY issue I have with this book.

I love the way it weaves a political intrigue without sacrificing the likability of the characters. I love how the romance starts off with the sexuality of the main character already firmly established, giving us something different from the will-they-won’t-they routine we’ve seen so many times before. And I love how the drama feels natural, and always compelling. I marathoned the last couple of hours, on the edge of my seat.

I was actually surprised when the afterwords stated that this was a self-published work, because the language and the flow was of such high quality, I assumed it had received all the resources of editing that a major publisher could provide. It helped wash away some of the biases I’ve been holding against self-publishing, and as someone who wants to make a crack at it myself one day, it gives me hope.

I will keep an audible credit in reserve for when the next book appears on the store. And I hope it’s soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-20

Enthralling

So far one of the best stories I have listened to. Can not wait for the next book to be released!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-20

GREAT BOOK

This book kept me on the edge of my seat from SA to NSW to VIC then back to SA. Great story full of twists and turns. XJ

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  • Carmela Mascilongo
  • 02-09-20

absolutely brilliant

i fell in love with some of the characters and absolutely despised others, very well written i am hoping Eliza you will be contiuing this story as i want to see those bastards pay!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-20

Fantastic!

loved this book! A must read, a queer fantasy princess, how could you say no!

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  • Sami
  • 11-27-19

I loved it, it took me away

Loved the story, it swept me up, only issue was, it ended. Waiting for the second book.

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  • Liam
  • 07-28-19

Well written and enjoyable

I find a lot of fantasy books have fairly wooden and 2 dimensional characters, and that the writing is often clunky and full of clumsy exposition. This is different.

Andrews really manages the "show, don't tell" of her world building really well, and the characters feel like real, three dimensional people rather than characters. It's also great to have a well written genre book with queer characters that feels natural rather than forced. I hope she writes the next one soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-19

wow just wow

I really hope their is a 2nd book. this by far is the best book I have ever read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-19

Amazing <br />

Can't wait for the next installment.
Couldn't stop listening i was hooked from the beginning.

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  • Millsy
  • 05-29-19

Book 2 please

This is a really enjoyable, interesting story with great characters. It’s a really good length and read by a really good narrator. I can’t wait for the next book, I just hope it’s not far off.

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  • Cam
  • 05-21-19

Fabulous

Great fantasy story with excellent narration. A perfect match of story and voice. Highly recommended.