Book Tour & ARC Review: Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Tarnished Empire
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: Dark Shores #0.5
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Publisher: independently published
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Source: Book of Matches Media
Recommended for fans of: Dark Shores, Roman Empire, An Ember in the Ashes, The Winner’s Curse
Content Warnings:



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.


I loved this prequel to Dark Shores, one of my new favorite fantasy series. This book provides a great backstory for Marcus, but Agrippa is the true star of this book. He is HILARIOUS and full of compassion.

I enjoyed the romance, although I wanted a bit more from it. Silvara provided a unique perspective, as her loyalties lay on the opposite side of the war of the two male heroes.

I adore Danielle L. Jensen’s skills at world building. I especially enjoyed getting a closer look at the Roman Empire-inspired legion in battle.

A unique thing about this series is that this prequel and the first two books in the series (Dark Shores and Dark Skies) can be read in any order. However, you’ll want to read all three before book 3, The Gilded Serpent, publishes in April!

Not convinced to read this series yet? Check my reviews of Dark Shores and Dark Skies!

Thank you to Book of Matches and Danielle L. Jensen for the advance review copy in exchange for an honest review! Visit my Instagram profile for a chance to win a signed paperback of Tarnished Empire!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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