Adoption / Surrogacy
Adventure / Survival
Against All Odds
Coming of Age
Fish Out of Water
Misfit / Socially Awkward
Sweet (kissing, holding hands, etc., but no other on-the-page physical intimacy)
Royalty / Aristocrat
Soldier / Warrior
Swordsperson / Archer
Fantasy or Fictional Setting
Brothel / Sex Club
Castle / Palace
Kingdom / Realm
On the Road / Tour
War Zone / Battlefield
Sexual / Gender Identity:
Biracial / Multiracial
"off-screen" rape of side character, marital rape of protagonist, sexual assault (kissing, caressing) of a minor, violent war scenes
Marilia, the Warlord
The Chrysathamere Trilogy, Book 1
By Morgan Cole
The girl who become a general...the peasant who saved an empire.
Marilia, the Warlord is the first part in The Chrysathamere Trilogy, a Game-of-Thrones-style saga of love, war, revenge, and the twists of fate that turned two siblings—once so close they would have died for each other—into the bitterest of enemies, each determined to send the other to the grave.
Born the bastard daughter of a painted lady, Marilia was told she would live out her days within the walls of her mother’s brothel, a companion for the rich men of Tyrace. But after a terrible betrayal, ten-year-old Marilia’s world turns upside down. With the help of her twin brother, Annuweth, she flees the only home she’s ever known in search of the one man who can offer her a chance at a better life: one of her deceased father’s friends, the Emperor of Navessea’s greatest general. What follows is a journey spanning years, from the streets of the desert city of Tyracium to the wild island of Svartennos. Along the way, Marilia discovers, for the first time, the gift she has for strategy and warfare—a world that is forbidden to girls like her.
When Navessea is threatened by a foreign invasion, the defense is left in the hands of a cruel and arrogant general no match for the empire’s foes. With the fate of her new home and the woman she loves hanging in the balance, Marilia—now a young woman—swears to use all her courage and cunning to help repel the enemy.
The struggle that follows will test her to her core and lead her back to the past she thought she had escaped. Facing treachery within her own ranks as well as a devious enemy commander, Marilia will need all the help she can get, even if it means doing something her brother may never forgive—making a pact with the man who murdered their father.
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2021 Reader’s Favorite medalist
2021 eLit Book Awards Silver Medal Winner
“Morgan has written a masterpiece, one that is movie-worthy.” Reader’s Favorite.com.
“The characters created by Morgan Cole are a wonderful thing to behold. They manage to capture the exquisite balance between exceptional skills and utterly universal human flaws.” Manybooks.com
“Marilia: strong-willed, erudite and fallible. Cole has delivered a heroine so humbly human I found pleasure in reading fantasy again.” Kristiana Reed, author of Between the Trees, Poetry and Prose, Reedsy.com.
“Marilia is a more sophisticated, more believable version of Mulan. The prose is polished and the world is rich with lush details.” Karen Azinger, author of the Steel & Silk saga.
“Marilia, the Warlord by Morgan Cole is a fantastic start to a rich, new fantasy world.” No Genre Left Behind