Book Review: Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Publisher: CLA
Rating: 5 stars


A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory.


Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion. He must face the true cost of being a leader. And an oppressor.


Agrippa sets his sights on glory to fill the deepening void within him. He discovers that the price of fame might not just be paid in blood, it might be paid by his heart.


Silvara joins the rebel forces to fight against the legions who would see her family dead. While she dreams of being a warrior, she finds her sharpest weapon is seduction. But to defeat the Empire, she’ll have to betray the young man who now has her heart.

Inspired by the harsh world of ancient Rome, readers are obsessed with this martial tale of fiery romance, friendship, and enmity. Told from three points of view, TARNISHED EMPIRE is filled with twists you’ll never see coming but will keep you turning the pages all night.

TARNISHED EMPIRE is set in the world of Danielle L. Jensen’s DARK SHORES. But readers new to the world can begin here.” (Goodreads)

I am honestly not sure why I hadn’t started this book sooner but I really should have! This is a prequel to the Dark Shores series and it’s one that I never knew I needed.

The book is told through three point-of-views: Marcus, Agrippa, and Silvara. I enjoyed getting to know Marcus better after meeting him in Dark Shore. It shows what kind of guy he has been from the beginning and I liked seeing a bit more backstory. Let me just get it out of the way and gush over Agrippa. He is funny, loyal, and is really swoon worthy. What a guy! Silvara is more of a tricky character when it comes to how I feel. I understand her decisions but it doesn’t mean I accept them, ha.

As with any book about war, the plot can get tense at times. There is definitely a lot of death and there was a couple that hit me so hard! I wasn’t prepared. At least there are comedic reliefs in between otherwise I would have been a mess through it all.

I am glad that I have Gilded Serpent as an arc because the cliffhanger was crazy and I need more information! I am hoping that there will be some answers in the book.

Overall, this was a great book! It had me hooked from beginning to end.

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