The Empire's Edge is a 52,000 word fantasy romance. (low on the word count)
King Amande has problems.
GENERAL TEMSIK, a Cochet military leader, has arranged the need to invade Amande's kingdom in pursuit of the mountain wyrm—an endangered flying serpent central to the Cochet worship of the god Sylphanon. Fifty years before, the southlanders cordoned off what belonged to the Cochet by divine right, and Temsik means to retake it for the glory that will make him emperor.
Amande recruits CAPTAIN JEREN VASSAL to lead the soldiers of Skylein Post in covert operations to meet the invading Cochet and stop them at the border. Already at war for territory along his southern border, if the Six Noble Houses discover his inattention, they will dethrone him. The king insists that to take leadership of the large post, the captain must be married—to a daughter of his supporters in the Houselands.
Moreover, someone at Skylein Post is spreading rumors among the gentry that Amande's ruling hand is weak. Sworn to secrecy by her king, LADY LEAH INDASELY must uncover the source of sedition while maintaining the ruse that her arranged marriage to Captain Vassal is genuine. She is to complete her assignment and return to the Houselands—but will she want to? Will Jeren and his men be able to stop the invasion and still keep the king's secret?
Romance, intrigue, duplicitous leaders, and a dragon species that holds the fate of nations in its continued survival—these all coalesce at THE EMPIRE'S EDGE.
Too many characters, too much description, not enough focus.