Two Thousand Years
Series: Two Thousand Years
Author: M. Dalto
Publisher: The Parliament House
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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What is your biggest inspiration for writing?
I don’t know if I have anything that truly inspires me other than an extremely active imagination
and the unending want to share my stories with the world. Sometimes it could be no more than
a song. Other times it could be a picture I’ve seen or a quote I’ve heard or just a thought that
pops into my mind that won’t go away. Inspiration is all over the place, and I welcome it freely.
How was it that you happened upon your plot/characters for Two Thousand Years?
Two Thousand Years was inspired by a song by Billy Joel of the same name. I had heard it
many years before I even thought about wanting to write a story about it, but I knew even that
that it had the makings for something special, something fantastic. The song itself talked about
this amazing battle that happened and love and loss, and I needed to tell that story. The
characters just seemed to grow as soon as I started writing. I knew I wanted warring brothers,
and I’ve always had a thing for twins. I wanted a strong female lead, and decided to not only
make her from Boston (where I’m from) but have her be a Starbucks barista (because I wish I
was). It’s amazing how sometimes characters can write themselves.
Who is your favorite character that you’ve written into being?
My favorite character that I’ve written so far might have to be Reylor, the banished Lord Steward
of the Empire, and people are either going to agree with me or hate me for this. For some
reason, I enjoy writing him. He’s such a complex character compared to the others within The
Empire Saga. He has a history that’s slowly coming to the surface, and still so many layers to
work through to discover who he really is and why he does what he does. He’s a villain, but we
need to wonder what exactly happened to send him that far down.Telling his side has been
What is your writing style? Plotter, or pantser?
Oh, I am most definitely a pantser. The most I might ever plan is the ending of a book- just the
final scenes. Everything beyond that is pieces together from sporadic notes, ideas and bits of
dialogue I think about while I’m in the shower. I’m such a pantster, my current work-in-progress
started because I asked an acquaintance to to make me a random cover out of sheer boredom.
What I received was enough for me to start thinking about a story to tell that encapsulated it,
and now it’s about 72,000 words long.
If you could meet any author, who would it be?
Oh, there are so many. My first instinct would be to say Sarah J. Maas, but I actually did meet
her a few years ago on one of her book tour. So now I’d love to meet Cassandra Clare, Holly
Black, and/or Leigh Bardugo. Diana Gabaldon and George R. R. Martin would definitely be on
the list, too.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Assault, Rape, Abduction, Hostage, Premarital Sex, Adult Sexual Content, Death, Violence, Discussion of Abortion
She wasn’t just a salvation of a people. She was a salvation to him.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, ever since I heard of it back in early 2018. The idea of a Prophesy of Fire and Light definitely intrigued me, but also made me anticipate some sort of romance–what I found was that this was mostly a romance, with a hint of fantasy. I’m fine with that, to a degree. But when romance turns into two brothers battling for the same girl…and it all revolves around to point of getting her in bed, that’s where I check out.
Two Thousand Years begins like Black Dawn, Gateway to Fourline, and The Last of the Firedrakes to name a few with similar concepts. I don’t mind this set up for a plot. As in, a girl who lives in this world is suddenly spirited off to another world that she had no idea existed and she leaves Earth and everything she knows here behind. Once there, she finds out that she plays some significant roll in the story of the realm…like is actually it’s ruler. What I don’t like is how the character that makes the transition across worlds almost immediately loses their former-self and seamlessly takes on the more Medieval-like lifestyle that I feel these books mostly land in. I literally can’t imagine the majority of people just forgetting about amenities like running water, toilets, a shower, or cell phones. Now, I don’t expect these characters to be unable to transition and to remain wallowing in their situations. There just needs to be a period of time allowing for better and more realistic adjustment. Alex actually took a bit longer to make this adjustment in comparison to others. Even so, when she decides to stay in the Empire, there’s very little remaining of her former life.
Moving from Boston to the Empire is a massive shift. I’ve never been to Boston, but I’m familiar with it’s setting seeing how its here. The Empire, on the other hand, isn’t explained much at all. Going into this foreign world, I really need much more detail across the board. Even the prophesy itself could have used more explanation.
The birth of the Queen Empress within the Otherrealm triggers the birth of the Twin Princes within the Empire. Once the Dream of the Empress is revealed, the Crown Prince travels to the Otherrealm to retrieve the Queen Empress. Upon coronation, it is the Crown Prince’s sworn duty to ensure the continuance of the Empire’s royal line, and upon the birth of the next generation, the Prophesy is reborn.
But, why? Seeing how this entire story is built around this prophesy, there needs to be more of a backstory.
The characters themselves were somewhat developed, Reylor being the least and Alex the most. Reylor is angry, spiteful, and cruel, and seems to be wildly incapable of anything else. Oh, and he is very lustful. Insta-love takes place between Alex and Treyan, which is to be expected due to the prophesy itself. Even so, everyone could use more dimension and building between their relationships–okay, interactions, because anything with Reylor isn’t a relationship, its a conquering. I will be reading Reylor’s Lament and Treyan’s Promise to see if more of their stories are divulged.
There were aspects about this story that elicited my curiosity. In particular, Reylor’s character is quite a mystery—but a repulsive one at that. What exactly is his motive? If it is only to overthrow the prophesy, then that would be disappointing. I hope there is much more to come from his character, as in, an explanation for the way he is now. I thought that the idea of the Annals–a large, ancient, and magical book which tells of the Empire and prophesy’s history–was an interesting inclusion into the plot. It’s predictions of the future definitely set the tone for the sequel.
I think overall, this book has an engaging story. A lot of it’s content, however, isn’t well suited for me. Either way, I really wanted to see a lot more of the Empire as a whole. As I always say in series, I’ll wait to see what comes from the next installment, as more is shared with the reader as the plot continues on.
Sexual content: A lot, including graphic sex scenes, assault, and rape.
Violence: Moderate, including murder.
My Rating: ★★1/2