Stella of Akrotiri: Diana by Linda Rae Sande

Born an orphan, raised as a warrior princess, desired by men. Can an Immortal claim her heart?

Stella of akrotiri: diana

Raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses, Diana spends her mornings training with her father, Darius, at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.

Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it. She wonders about the strange sensations she feels when she's around them. Now she's noticed it when she's in her adopted brother's presence—one who seems to youthen as he ages—and she begins questioning her origins.

So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? 

Genre: FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Historical / Ancient

Language: English

Keywords: ancient greek, immortals, immortality, roman, rome, amazon princess, treachery, hand-to-hand combat, Thessaly, Greece, epic fantasy, eternal love, temple of asclepion, city-state, deminon

Word Count: 77,626

Sales info:

Currently on Amazon 4.2 out 5 stars and on Goodreads 4.6 out of 5 stars

#2,117 in Greco-Roman Myth & Legend Fantasy eBooks
#2,249 in Greek & Roman Myth & Legend

Finding the correct category has been problematic. Can be considered Ancient Worlds Romance as well as Epic Fantasy or Paranormal (Immortality)

Sample text:

Her short sword held to the side and her feet positioned for an attack, Diana regarded her opponent with a grin. “You are winded, old man.”

Darius   of   Agremon furrowed both brows and dropped his sword to his side. “Old man?” he  repeated, incredulous. “Why, I think you are in need of...” He didn’t have a chance to finish the response when Diana took advantage of his relaxed stance and came at him with a perfectly aimed attack.

Although he was able to recover and stop the swing of her blade just before it would have connected with his forearm, Darius was left off-balance. Before he could reposition his feet, her follow-up thrust caught the fabric of his exomie and sliced it. The short sword continued downward, allowing him the fraction of a second he needed to step to the side and raise his own sword in defense.

Diana grinned again. “A lesson?” she teased, thinking that’s what Darius was about to claim she needed. 

He narrowed his eyes as he caught his breath and nodded. “A lesson, indeed. A lesson in how to respect your elders.” He started an attack then, bringing his sword down in an arc that Diana had to deflect from an awkward angle. He continued the attack, impressed at how the warrior-in-training seemed to guess correctly at his every move. 

He was also surprised at how her loyal dog remained beyond the circle. The black Molossian, a huge and muscled canine, could have easily decided Diana was in need of protection and made a run at him. Instead, Takoda was sound asleep under a plane tree, apparently unaware his mistress was under attack.

Except she wasn’t just then. Diana had just countered his latest move and then swung her sword in an unexpected arc to the side. Darius paused, as if uncertain of what to do. 

The pause was his undoing.

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Already translated. Translated by Paola Fernandes

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