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Tiriyanin’s Riddles by Izabela Raittila

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Title: Tiriyanin’s Riddles
Author: Izabela Raittila
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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The Emperor, the Orchid and the Rose

In the Gragiyan Empire, an ancient land where humans walk among deities and mythical beings, a young widow Skaraila falls deeply in love with the charismatic Emperor Tiriyanin.

Separated by a tragedy, imagine her shock when she learns she is not the only woman in his life. As different as day to night, her rival Akrila joins the household, and Skaraila fears for her love and her position at court, but Tiriyanin encourages his lovers to become friends, insisting they both hold a special place in his heart, affectionately calling them Darhija "orchid" and Lereia "rose". The two women strike an unlikely friendship together in his palace. An unexpected bond grows between the trio.

Gragiyan Law states an emperor may only have one wife. His court, his advisors and his people demand an heir. The woman to bear his child shall be his queen. Tiriyanin must choose the orchid or the rose before Lord Makar, god of death, makes the choice for him.

Inspiration for the Book: 

The mythical Gragiyan Empire universe was inspired by ancient Rome with a twist of mythical, Tolkien style fantasy. Skaraila’s nickname, her romance with Tiriyanin and her journey to becoming empress were inspired by a historical fiction book called Empress Orchid by Anchee Min.

About the Author:

Izabela “Iza” was born in Poland, but raised in the United Kingdom. She’s been a fan of fantasy, mythology and folklore ever since she was a child. She read J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Silmarillion’ during the coronavirus pandemic, which inspired her to write her debut book, the short stories anthology ‘The Stories They Told Their Children’. This and her newest work, the fantasy romance novella ‘Tiriyanin’s Riddles’ are set in a continent known as the Gragiyan Empire, a mystical land similar to ancient Rome, where humans live among gods, elves and other mythical creatures.

In addition to writing and reading, she enjoys cycling, listening to heavy metal music and spending time with her husband and children. She lives in Finland.

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