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He’s been dead for centuries. But to historian Anna Viatorem, Prince Audax Leonis is still very much alive. His legend lives on in his words. His journals, a living testimony to the man he was and could have been. His blue eyes stare out from his only portrait. His stern yet handsome face…frozen in time. Orphaned at a young age, Anna feels an inexplicable connection to Dax He’s been dead for centuries. But to historian Anna Viatorem, Prince Audax Leonis is still very much alive. His legend lives on in his words. His journals, a living testimony to the man he was and could have been. His blue eyes stare out from his only portrait. His stern yet handsome face…frozen in time. Orphaned at a young age, Anna feels an inexplicable connection to Dax. His voice seems to echo in her head. "I am a stranger in my own world." Every Terran knows the story. It’s the mystery that cannot be solved. But to Anna, the betrayal and murder of Prince Audax is an obsession, the subject of her doctoral dissertation, and the catalyst that could jump start her career. Unbeknownst to Anna, her destiny has already been rewritten. The descendants of the Leonis family are protected by a powerful immortal promise and the goddess Iustitia has much in store for the young doctoral student. Including a trip through time, and a face- to- face encounter with the man himself.


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He’s been dead for centuries. But to historian Anna Viatorem, Prince Audax Leonis is still very much alive. His legend lives on in his words. His journals, a living testimony to the man he was and could have been. His blue eyes stare out from his only portrait. His stern yet handsome face…frozen in time. Orphaned at a young age, Anna feels an inexplicable connection to Dax He’s been dead for centuries. But to historian Anna Viatorem, Prince Audax Leonis is still very much alive. His legend lives on in his words. His journals, a living testimony to the man he was and could have been. His blue eyes stare out from his only portrait. His stern yet handsome face…frozen in time. Orphaned at a young age, Anna feels an inexplicable connection to Dax. His voice seems to echo in her head. "I am a stranger in my own world." Every Terran knows the story. It’s the mystery that cannot be solved. But to Anna, the betrayal and murder of Prince Audax is an obsession, the subject of her doctoral dissertation, and the catalyst that could jump start her career. Unbeknownst to Anna, her destiny has already been rewritten. The descendants of the Leonis family are protected by a powerful immortal promise and the goddess Iustitia has much in store for the young doctoral student. Including a trip through time, and a face- to- face encounter with the man himself.

30 review for Lady of Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Wolfe

    Anna is a PhD student obsessed with her subject - Prince Audax, or Dax - and as she faces a looming deadline for her dissertation and the pressure from her friend and roommate to live a life that doesn't involve sleepless nights absorbed in Dax's journal entries, she can't help her feelings for Dax. She needs to discover what happened 500 years ago, to solve the historical mystery that will allow her to write a biography of Dax and earn her doctorate - finally. She is sure she is at a dead end w Anna is a PhD student obsessed with her subject - Prince Audax, or Dax - and as she faces a looming deadline for her dissertation and the pressure from her friend and roommate to live a life that doesn't involve sleepless nights absorbed in Dax's journal entries, she can't help her feelings for Dax. She needs to discover what happened 500 years ago, to solve the historical mystery that will allow her to write a biography of Dax and earn her doctorate - finally. She is sure she is at a dead end when a surprising hidden compartment in Dax's journal opens, and her adventure begins. Dax has been dreading his ascendancy to the throne for 12 years since his parents died, and his uncle's pressure on him to rule must be answered. He is old enough to lead on his own, but his friend Videns sees visions of the future, a future where Dax is murdered at his coronation. As Anna finds herself in the historical world of her research, face to face with the man she loves, treachery, mystery, and romance await her - along with a cliffhanger that will leave readers reaching for book two immediately! This didn't feel like a YA story to me (Anna is a PhD candidate, nearly finished, and Dax is eighteen - about eight years younger?) but definitely has YA appeal as an adult fantasy/time travel/adventure/romance/mystery (all of these!). The historical setting is gorgeous and beautifully described (rather Romanesque) and the romance between Dax and Anna is rich and emotional. The writing itself as well as the intriguing world-building reminded me of the work of Jill Williamson. Highly recommended, but beware - the ending will leave you impatient for more!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Lady of Justice is a book to read if you are looking to be absorbed into a world as vastly captivating and enticing as our own. When I first began reading this book, I was quickly brought into the emotion and excitement of these characters lives. From being introduced to the very quirky and spirited Ana, to getting to know the mysterious and captivating Audax, Cyana Scriptora manages to transform these characters into having lives of their own out side of these pages and within our imaginations. Lady of Justice is a book to read if you are looking to be absorbed into a world as vastly captivating and enticing as our own. When I first began reading this book, I was quickly brought into the emotion and excitement of these characters lives. From being introduced to the very quirky and spirited Ana, to getting to know the mysterious and captivating Audax, Cyana Scriptora manages to transform these characters into having lives of their own out side of these pages and within our imaginations. The author did an incredible job at bringing us into her world, and I loved every moment of it. However, what truly brought me to give this book a 5 star rating is the extremely imaginative and exciting plot Scriptora has created for us. This book can truly be defined as a "page turner" due to the intense desire I had wanting to find out what happened next. From the beginning, Lady of Justice captivated my interest, and the plot of the book didn't disappoint. Whether it was my inner romantic self living through the character's interactions, or my curiosity in finding out what could possibly happen next, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and will be looking forward to reading the next in the series. I suggest this book to anyone who loves a taste of adventure, suspense, romance, fantasy or just pure excitement.

  3. 4 out of 5

    K.T. Munson

    **Actual Rating 4.5*** Characters Anna is a wide-eyed, hopeful. She feels more comfortable with a picture of a long dead prince, Audax, and stacks of old books than with people. Liz is trying to push her friend ahead, to finish her dissertation, and join their (her and Alex's) teaching ranks. I feel like Liz did some growing in this book but she needed more. I was starting to get impatient with her and Alex's relationship. While Anna grew in confidence. Audex on the other hand finally was drug out **Actual Rating 4.5*** Characters Anna is a wide-eyed, hopeful. She feels more comfortable with a picture of a long dead prince, Audax, and stacks of old books than with people. Liz is trying to push her friend ahead, to finish her dissertation, and join their (her and Alex's) teaching ranks. I feel like Liz did some growing in this book but she needed more. I was starting to get impatient with her and Alex's relationship. While Anna grew in confidence. Audex on the other hand finally was drug out of his shell. Anna and Audex were a good match actually, and that helped. The supporting characters were all great and the 'darker' entities were portrayed in a gripping manner. Very little head hopping but there were at least two chapters where I had to go back because halfway through the POV shifted. There was also a 'love triangle' but it was very one sided and, therefore, palatable.  Plot This story followed two main veins: Anna being sucked back into time to try and stop the death of Prince Audax and Liz working to find out what happened to Anna with Alex in the 'present time.' Liz and Alex searching for Anna took its own twists, but I felt that the characters in both timelines came to conclusions that were accurate too easily. Their leaps into the unknown were just too convenient.  I didn't like the fact that the author had created this whole big world, but didn't take the time to make the modern 'Terra' any different than Earth. I assume this was because the author wanted to potentially drawn a parallel between the pieces of Terra being another dimension of Earth. It wasn't clear if this was the intent and so the present time period world was disappointing. However, the world building in the past Terra was expertly done.   Overall Despite Anna being in her 20s, this felt like a YA novel. Not all of the scenes and themes were but overall that was the feel. The flow of this book was consistent. It was easy to get wrapped up in and turn chapter after chapter. This was the author's greatest strength. The book never really lulled, even with the occasional info dumping. The writing was straight forward and easy to read. The story engaging. The one thing this book sorely needed was transitions—between chapters when they jumped between time and breaks when there were changes within a chapter. It was the only hiccup in the writing. The flow was easy and the climax was created to no doubt flow right into the second book.  There are multiple pieces moving. It took me until about halfway through before I put it all together. Usually I figure it out faster, so this was excellently done. Putting the pieces, and there were many, together into a big woven web. I don't want to say much more for fear to giving anything away.  Rating 4.5 stars (rounded down) What an enjoyable fantasy read. If you like YA fantasy reads with time travel, romance,  and interesting twists and turns, this is a must read.  Where did I get it? I received a copy from the author for a review. This is a voluntary review. More reviews at creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    So interesting! Could NOT put it down. New twists at every turn and such deep characterizations!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheena Macleod

    This is the first book in a trilogy. A dual-timeline fantasy romance, Lady of Justice proved an enjoyable read. Historian and PhD student, Anna, works tirelessly to solve the mystery behind Prince Audax’s death hundreds of years earlier. From his portrait, papers and diaries in the archives, Anna finds out all she can about Audax - except the answer to the question that obsesses her and that her PhD dissertation hinges upon-What were the events surrounding Audax (Dax) death? With the deadline fo This is the first book in a trilogy. A dual-timeline fantasy romance, Lady of Justice proved an enjoyable read. Historian and PhD student, Anna, works tirelessly to solve the mystery behind Prince Audax’s death hundreds of years earlier. From his portrait, papers and diaries in the archives, Anna finds out all she can about Audax - except the answer to the question that obsesses her and that her PhD dissertation hinges upon-What were the events surrounding Audax (Dax) death? With the deadline for her dissertation growing ever near and feeling an increasing connection to Dax, Anna pushes herself harder to find the answers that plague her about who betrayed and murdered Dax. After Anna stumbles upon the means to transports her back in time and into Dax’s castle, just prior to his coronation, the novel moves between present day and the time of Dax’s dynasty. Forearmed with the knowledge of Dax’s death around this time, Anna continues to seek out his betrayers. The historical setting and characters are realistic and the romance between Anna and Dax is fraught with difficulties-including a love triangle and the social and cultural time differences between the characters. The present-day sections mainly feature Anna’s friend, Liz, who is searching for her. This book is easy to read and immerse yourself in. The first part was the least compelling for me but once the story opened up fully it held my attention. The ending felt quite sudden with many unanswered questions remaining- no doubt setting things up for the second book in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hipstapay

    Let me be the first to say... WOW! I've always been into fantasy books, and Cyana's book is nothing like the books I've read in the past. Not only is her story fantastically put together, but her story has an original plot and original characters that you won't find anywhere else; the charming and thrilling nature of this story makes it a story you won't want you put down! Additionally, with Cyana's eloquent style of writing and with her captivating word choice, one can't help but become complet Let me be the first to say... WOW! I've always been into fantasy books, and Cyana's book is nothing like the books I've read in the past. Not only is her story fantastically put together, but her story has an original plot and original characters that you won't find anywhere else; the charming and thrilling nature of this story makes it a story you won't want you put down! Additionally, with Cyana's eloquent style of writing and with her captivating word choice, one can't help but become completely engulfed in the story. It feels like you're actually there when the action is occurring, and that's a mesmerizing and beautiful feeling to experience while reading. Don't even get me started on those plot twists... I was on the edge of my seat the entire book! So, if you're into fantasy, and you're looking for a book that you'll find hard to put down due to its originality and creative nature, then you should definitely give this book a read! Also, with the strand of historical fiction that interlaces itself throughout the story, this book stands out and serves as a very intriguing and alluring read to anybody who picks it up. You'll find yourself cheering and crying for all of the characters throughout the story, and the experience of reading this fantastic piece of literature is not one that you should pass up. Well down Cyana, to this brilliantly crafted story!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Brown

    Following in the footsteps of multi-perspective novels such as Game of Thrones, Lady of Justice took a little bit of effort to get into as the type of writing is not what I’m used to (I had the same issue with GOT). I’m the type of reader that loves details, select tidbits that show the scene rather than tell. Lady of Justice, with abundant characters and their plot driving internal motivations, is a novel much more in the telling category. However, as we follow the threads of each character, a Following in the footsteps of multi-perspective novels such as Game of Thrones, Lady of Justice took a little bit of effort to get into as the type of writing is not what I’m used to (I had the same issue with GOT). I’m the type of reader that loves details, select tidbits that show the scene rather than tell. Lady of Justice, with abundant characters and their plot driving internal motivations, is a novel much more in the telling category. However, as we follow the threads of each character, a tale with a strong plotline in an engaging world is woven together with surprise twists. Overall, Lady of justice had a well-driven plot line, likable characters, and intriguing world-building. It will be interesting to see how the kingdom will survive and/or evolve in the next book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joan Carney

    The first book in the trilogy shows Anna, a history grad student, obsessed with the life and death of her land’s ancient monarch, Audrax. Much to the chagrin of her friend, Liz, she spends nearly every waking moment scouring the archives to solve the mystery of his death. Although her dissertation is way overdue and her career is in jeopardy, the draw to continue her research is too strong to ignore. Working late in the archives one night, she finds a talisman hidden in the frame of Dax’s portrai The first book in the trilogy shows Anna, a history grad student, obsessed with the life and death of her land’s ancient monarch, Audrax. Much to the chagrin of her friend, Liz, she spends nearly every waking moment scouring the archives to solve the mystery of his death. Although her dissertation is way overdue and her career is in jeopardy, the draw to continue her research is too strong to ignore. Working late in the archives one night, she finds a talisman hidden in the frame of Dax’s portrait. It suddenly activates and whisks her back to the very era she is studying. No longer dependent on journals and second-hand accounts of events, Anna gets to use her knowledge and her wits to save the king she has fallen in love with. This book is presented in multiple POV’s which gives the reader a broader sense of how all the pieces come together. The author did a wonderful job of revealing only the clues necessary at the right time to keep up a suspenseful pace. I found it thoroughly engrossing and hard to put down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra McCann

    I am not usually a big fan of fantasy books, but was pleasantly surprised by this read! The story is intricately put together with excellent character and plot development. You really feel like you are inside the book as you read, and there are secrets and twists that keep you going until the end. I liked the historical-fiction-esque setting as well and how it was paired with a fantasy element.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rosetta Overman

    I greatly enjoyed this book. My favorite chapters revolved around the mystery of who murdered Audax. I wasn't in love with Liz's POV, though I understand why it's important to the narrative. I just found myself wanting to get back to the past with Audax and his court and immerse in the intrigue of cutthroat politics and schemes. I loved the ending. It was a wonderful, surprising twist that I hadn't anticipated. The only downside some people might find are the multiple POVs as there are quite a f I greatly enjoyed this book. My favorite chapters revolved around the mystery of who murdered Audax. I wasn't in love with Liz's POV, though I understand why it's important to the narrative. I just found myself wanting to get back to the past with Audax and his court and immerse in the intrigue of cutthroat politics and schemes. I loved the ending. It was a wonderful, surprising twist that I hadn't anticipated. The only downside some people might find are the multiple POVs as there are quite a few of them. They were all important and gave great insight into all sides of the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    4.5 stars! I do not typically read fantasy, but the synopsis made me want to give this book a shot. The author claims that it incorporates a lot of genres and I have to agree. I enjoyed the suspenseful plot line, and I fell in love with the characters. There is great world building. The author painted a vivid picture with her descriptions... and brought me into the story. Romance felt real not sappy or cliched. Secrets abound in Audax's court and yet chivalry and tradition are masking it all. I 4.5 stars! I do not typically read fantasy, but the synopsis made me want to give this book a shot. The author claims that it incorporates a lot of genres and I have to agree. I enjoyed the suspenseful plot line, and I fell in love with the characters. There is great world building. The author painted a vivid picture with her descriptions... and brought me into the story. Romance felt real not sappy or cliched. Secrets abound in Audax's court and yet chivalry and tradition are masking it all. I loved the multiple points of view which allowed me to see the story through several characters not just one. You kind of experience several emotions while reading this. It is so easy to empathize with these characters- you will laugh at them, feel sorry for them, fear for them, swoon with them, and route for them. The ending will not disappoint. I can not wait to read the next one. If you want a cute romantic comedy paired with a suspenseful mystery... set in a world like the tudor dynasty... throw in some immortals and very meaningful seer including a down to earth heroine and you have Lady of Justice. I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Now if it wasn't for my habit of only reading in the dinning hall, I would have read this in one sitting the night it came in the mail. It had the overall feel of a rom-com but without all the secondhand embarrassment that had been a deal-breaker for me before (and I greatly appreciate watching two characters grow closer without them embarrassing the hell out of themselves). Its cute and its a fairly light read, but there are some twist made me face-palm for not figuring out sooner. Highly recom Now if it wasn't for my habit of only reading in the dinning hall, I would have read this in one sitting the night it came in the mail. It had the overall feel of a rom-com but without all the secondhand embarrassment that had been a deal-breaker for me before (and I greatly appreciate watching two characters grow closer without them embarrassing the hell out of themselves). Its cute and its a fairly light read, but there are some twist made me face-palm for not figuring out sooner. Highly recommend if you want a break from some mind-melting books but you still want some surprises. *\^-^/* (view spoiler)[ I was actually getting fairly mad at Scriptora while reading this for falling into one of my least favorite cliches for the villain and I was super happy that I was totally wrong in my assumptions. I can't wait to read the next book, if only to see how Dax handles his new surroundings. Ah I can't even. I might write some fanfic if I can't wait (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. I'm not one to read books like that but this one is definitely worth the read. It has the best plot twists, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you"ll get the chills all the time. Anna has no idea what she's getting into.. but here's a hint, she does whatever it takes for the one she loves. The obstacles she faces makes you feel as if you were going through them with her. Give this book a shot, you wont be let down! Can't wait to read more! I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. I'm not one to read books like that but this one is definitely worth the read. It has the best plot twists, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you"ll get the chills all the time. Anna has no idea what she's getting into.. but here's a hint, she does whatever it takes for the one she loves. The obstacles she faces makes you feel as if you were going through them with her. Give this book a shot, you wont be let down! Can't wait to read more!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Miller

    Lady of Justice (Justice #1) by Cyana Scriptora is a fun historical fantasy that switches between modern day and the past, which I enjoyed a lot. Anna is a modern historian working on her dissertation and living in the country of Terra Pax. She’s determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Audax, a 16th-century prince of her land and the focus of her study. While admiring a portrait of the prince in the university library one night, she discovers an amulet hidden in the frame. As she gazes up Lady of Justice (Justice #1) by Cyana Scriptora is a fun historical fantasy that switches between modern day and the past, which I enjoyed a lot. Anna is a modern historian working on her dissertation and living in the country of Terra Pax. She’s determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Audax, a 16th-century prince of her land and the focus of her study. While admiring a portrait of the prince in the university library one night, she discovers an amulet hidden in the frame. As she gazes upon it, a voice tells her she must fulfill her destiny. Caught up in a vortex of colors, Anna is rendered unconscious. When she awakes, she’s 500 years in the past in the court of Prince Audax, waiting for his coronation day. But Anna knows Audax will never wear the crown—unless, she can help save him. The author skillfully creates likeable and believable main characters. Anna is a hardworking graduate student but also an adventurous heroine. Thrown back in time, she must learn many new customs and ways of acting. When she finds herself in the presence of Audax, who she’s admired from afar (real far—500 years) and knows him intimately through his journals, she works valiantly to break down his walls of distrust that have been built by years of sorrow and mishaps. When a foreign army invades the Terrans peaceful world, Anna rises to the challenge to help Audax fight against them. Audax is a hero-prince with flaws, but relatable in his struggle to overcome the loss of his parents and rise to the role as leader of his kingdom. There are times when he shrinks away from his duties, having a disdain for court life and political matters, “Only a fool would fill his head with drink while an evil emperor threatened his land.” In the end, he manages to have more than one epiphany about himself and those around him. The plot moves at a good speed and the variety of characters round out the story and create many possibilities for the series. I found it interesting that there was a mixture of time periods when depicting settings, titles, and dress. Hoop skirts in a medieval background and almost all the character names were in Latin. I don’t read fantasy very often, and found this flexibility liberating, especially because I write romantic historical mystery novels where true period details are more demanding. I had a few technical and plot nit-piks, but I don’t think they overpower this body of work. If you’re a fan of time travel with colorful characters and an engaging story, Lady of Justice is worth your time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    litandcoffee

    Lady of Justice (Justice #1) by Cyana Scriptora is a book where the author integrated a variety of genres: science fiction, fantasy, romance, and suspense, and the result is a unique, entertaining story that keeps readers on edge until the end. Anna is a PhD student obsessed with subject of her thesis- Prince Audax. She is facing an imminent deadline for her thesis but is unable to move forward because of her obsession to discover and solve the historical mystery about Audax’s murder. A surprisi Lady of Justice (Justice #1) by Cyana Scriptora is a book where the author integrated a variety of genres: science fiction, fantasy, romance, and suspense, and the result is a unique, entertaining story that keeps readers on edge until the end. Anna is a PhD student obsessed with subject of her thesis- Prince Audax. She is facing an imminent deadline for her thesis but is unable to move forward because of her obsession to discover and solve the historical mystery about Audax’s murder. A surprising hidden compartment in Audax's journal opens while Anna is busy working in achieves building one night, and her adventure begins. one of Prince Audax’s friends Videns sees visions of the future, a future where Prince is murdered at his coronation. Videns is guided to seek Anna’s help to find the murderer. At Audax’s court it is almost time for coronation ceremony when Anna finds herself in 500 years old world and comes face to face with the man she loves. What follows is a beautiful story of romance, mystery and betrayals. The book starts on a slow note but picked up the pace after Anna arrives at Dax’s court. Readers will find themselves turning pages fast to find out what happened next. The author has created realistic characters which are very likable especially Anna and Dax (Prince Audax); Anna is feisty and quirky. Dax is mysterious and charming and romance between them has a light, fresh feel to it. You cannot put this book is one specific genre; there is little bit of everything in it including romance, fantasy/sci-fi, mystery/suspense, historical fiction, but yes, there is more of romance than anything else with elements of historical fiction that intertwines itself throughout the story. The plot is good and there are enough twists and turns for fans of mystery/suspense. If you want a sweet, light romantic suspense set in an old world, Lady of Justice is the book for you. A quirky , clever read that will appeal to all adults and teens greatly!

  16. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Meraux

    A grad student finds herself falling through time after the discovery of a sapphire necklace in an old painting. The realization of a lifetime is in store for Anna as she comes face to face with the subject of her dissertation who was mysteriously killed more than four centuries earlier. This is just one facet of a fascinating supernatural mystery that has a twist in the final chapters that you won't see coming. Cyana Scriptora sets a good pace as she reveals the mystery surrounding the main prot A grad student finds herself falling through time after the discovery of a sapphire necklace in an old painting. The realization of a lifetime is in store for Anna as she comes face to face with the subject of her dissertation who was mysteriously killed more than four centuries earlier. This is just one facet of a fascinating supernatural mystery that has a twist in the final chapters that you won't see coming. Cyana Scriptora sets a good pace as she reveals the mystery surrounding the main protagonist. Anna uses her wits to help the handsome prince avert catastrophe while trying to prevent a horrible era in her country’s history. The book is written in multiple POV’s with the author simply labeling each chapter with the name of the speaker. This technique builds a rich landscape for the characters to inhabit while pushing the story forward. Intrigue comes from many quarters of the prince’s court which reminded me of the quest for power in the Game of Thrones. I won’t go into too much detail here as I don’t want to put out any spoilers. Anna has to come to terms with her situation and adjust to life at court which is decidedly different than what this modern history buff is used too. These adjustments make for some amusing moments and a break from the drama which helps balance the book’s overall tone. Fans of supernatural mysteries that possess wicked twists will enjoy this story. It will keep you glued to page after page as you attempt to unravel the mystery yourself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Rivera

    Lady of Justice by Cyana Scriptora is an extremely interesting story that I highly recommend, even if you're not into fantasy. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll keep my review vague: First, I should say that I don't usually read sci-fi/fantasy, but this Lady of Justice was not a strict, stick-to-one-genre type of story which I found refreshing. There are many elements to the plot, including mystery and romance with lots of thrills along the way. There are mysterious visions of the Lady of Justice by Cyana Scriptora is an extremely interesting story that I highly recommend, even if you're not into fantasy. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll keep my review vague: First, I should say that I don't usually read sci-fi/fantasy, but this Lady of Justice was not a strict, stick-to-one-genre type of story which I found refreshing. There are many elements to the plot, including mystery and romance with lots of thrills along the way. There are mysterious visions of the future, historical documents, immortal creatures, gods, time travel, and all of it kept me guessing as to how the story would end--which was a nice surprise. It really peeves me when I'm reading a book and can name the ending at the start of chapter two, but that was not the case with LoJ. That's probably what I liked most about this book, tbh. The author wove an intricate plot within a detailed world (worlds). The characters were plentiful, witty, and all of them had depth. Some of the names had me doing a double-take at first (Iustitia was one of them), but it wasn't distracting. Each character had their own views and feelings, their own minds, and each of them formed the plot rather than the plot forming the characters. If you're looking for a book to take you out of your usual category reads, if you want a book that surprises you, then I recommend giving Lady of Justice a try.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molly Mulligan

    I loved this. If you enjoy fantasy, time travel, or romance, especially with a medieval court-themed feel, this book is definitely for you! This was a well-written, fast-paced story, set in a richly imagined alternate world. Anna is a history student, pulling her hair out as she attempts to complete her thesis by solving the mysterious murder of the ancient Prince Audax. Unbeknownst to her, five hundred years previous, she was chosen by the guardian goddess of Terra Pax to travel from the future I loved this. If you enjoy fantasy, time travel, or romance, especially with a medieval court-themed feel, this book is definitely for you! This was a well-written, fast-paced story, set in a richly imagined alternate world. Anna is a history student, pulling her hair out as she attempts to complete her thesis by solving the mysterious murder of the ancient Prince Audax. Unbeknownst to her, five hundred years previous, she was chosen by the guardian goddess of Terra Pax to travel from the future and attempt to stop the murder of Dax. When the chips fall into place, and Audax’s faithful friend and seer implores the goddess of justice to help prevent the murder that he has envisioned, Anna is hurtled through time and space into the very history she once studied. The question of whether Anna would be able to successfully change the fate of Audax, and Terra Pax, kept me turning pages. Furthermore, Scriptora’s clever use of multiple viewpoints to tell the story set the stage for plenty of juicy subplots within the Court of Terra Pax. And the twist, well, double twist, at the end—didn’t see that coming at all!! Cannot wait to dive into Land of Peace. Highly recommend this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tinsley Sellers

    This is a great YA read. The story takes place in an imagined world, Terra, which has both subtle similarities and striking differences to Earth. The author's world building is spare, providing a framework but requiring the reader's imagination to color in the details. The characters are drawn by 'showing' and not 'telling.' Actions and inner thoughts weave together, revealing the true nature of each of the characters. This creates tension and excitement for the reader when she realizes that she This is a great YA read. The story takes place in an imagined world, Terra, which has both subtle similarities and striking differences to Earth. The author's world building is spare, providing a framework but requiring the reader's imagination to color in the details. The characters are drawn by 'showing' and not 'telling.' Actions and inner thoughts weave together, revealing the true nature of each of the characters. This creates tension and excitement for the reader when she realizes that she has discovered something that the characters themselves don't yet fully comprehend. The plot is expected, yet fresh. You wouldn't choose this book if you didn't already have some expectations, and you won't be disappointed. You might be surprised—and delighted—when the story heads in one (or two...or three) directions you didn't see coming! As the first book of a projected trilogy, this is a solid start. It's perfectly tailored for the reader who devours YA romantic fantasy. If you happen to like adventure and intrigue, so much the better!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaylyn Weston

    You should definitely read this book, even if you have a specific genre you like. This book incorporates a variety of genres so you're constantly being entertained with different ideas that you didn't think you'd enjoy! The story and plot itself is extremely creative, leaving you on your toes until the end (and let's be honest, after the end as well. GET THAT SECOND BOOK OUT NOW!) Thank you for sharing your creativity through Dax and Anna, I will "patiently" be waiting for the second installment You should definitely read this book, even if you have a specific genre you like. This book incorporates a variety of genres so you're constantly being entertained with different ideas that you didn't think you'd enjoy! The story and plot itself is extremely creative, leaving you on your toes until the end (and let's be honest, after the end as well. GET THAT SECOND BOOK OUT NOW!) Thank you for sharing your creativity through Dax and Anna, I will "patiently" be waiting for the second installment!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arisawe Hampton

    Upon her neck the amulet- pendulous as their love surpasses ages. This engrossing cross-genre tale appeals to romantics and fantasy readers alike. It has just the right amount of conflict and desire amidst a glorious romanesque setting. This tale harkens back to an idealized time when love was perhaps more feverish and pure. And therein, the occasion of Anna and Dax’s relationship begins. Her research leads to him, and to events even she couldn’t have expected. And all at once, she arrives at dev Upon her neck the amulet- pendulous as their love surpasses ages. This engrossing cross-genre tale appeals to romantics and fantasy readers alike. It has just the right amount of conflict and desire amidst a glorious romanesque setting. This tale harkens back to an idealized time when love was perhaps more feverish and pure. And therein, the occasion of Anna and Dax’s relationship begins. Her research leads to him, and to events even she couldn’t have expected. And all at once, she arrives at devotion measured in legend and truth.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Rosenberg

    This book was a great read! The details of the world and feelings of the characters are awesome and enveloping. The story has great twists and turns, and I loved reading from the different perspectives of the different characters. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next books in the trilogy! Lady of Justice is a great read for a multitude of interests and it does not disappoint! Excellent writing and storytelling throughout. This book was a great read! The details of the world and feelings of the characters are awesome and enveloping. The story has great twists and turns, and I loved reading from the different perspectives of the different characters. I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next books in the trilogy! Lady of Justice is a great read for a multitude of interests and it does not disappoint! Excellent writing and storytelling throughout.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eunice Nascimento

    I enjoyed this time-travel, historical, romantic suspense book. The main and secondary characters were relatable and believable. The hero, Dax, was almost rude when he met the heroine, Anna, but the author did a great job of explaining why, making it sweet when Dax began to fall for Ana. The novel is full of suspense – it wasn’t until nearly the end that I guessed who was trying to kill prince Dax. There are touches of humour in the story and what I felt was a great twist at the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rose66

    This book had an enticing mixture of fantasy, action, mystery, romance, and so much more! Once you start reading it, it's extremly difficult to put down. This book will keep you guessing until the very end! This book had an enticing mixture of fantasy, action, mystery, romance, and so much more! Once you start reading it, it's extremly difficult to put down. This book will keep you guessing until the very end!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Willow Thomson

    I enjoyed Lady of Justice very much. The writing was smooth and the story moved along at a quick pace. The story is told through several different character’s eyes and has changes in location and time - all of this done seamlessly so that it is easy to follow. I especially liked the juxtaposition of Anna’s university life, writing her dissertation and her life in Audax’s kingdom. She makes a darn lovely lady and the romance between her and Dax is sweet. But she also has the intelligence of a PhD I enjoyed Lady of Justice very much. The writing was smooth and the story moved along at a quick pace. The story is told through several different character’s eyes and has changes in location and time - all of this done seamlessly so that it is easy to follow. I especially liked the juxtaposition of Anna’s university life, writing her dissertation and her life in Audax’s kingdom. She makes a darn lovely lady and the romance between her and Dax is sweet. But she also has the intelligence of a PhD candidate which I loved. She never plays the weak damsel in distress. If you enjoy historical romance with a dash of time travel, this is a great read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Keaton

    I came for the fantasy and got a romance. If you're a fan of romance dig in. This story had many elements I enjoy a well painted fantasy world, time travel, and magic. In the end this is a romance where the fantasy elements are used as window dressing. If you've come for romance then you'll like this. If not you will be confused, because there are many logical faults in the plot. The story started with a budding expert in the history of a fictional land 500 years ago. Fictional to us, but not th I came for the fantasy and got a romance. If you're a fan of romance dig in. This story had many elements I enjoy a well painted fantasy world, time travel, and magic. In the end this is a romance where the fantasy elements are used as window dressing. If you've come for romance then you'll like this. If not you will be confused, because there are many logical faults in the plot. The story started with a budding expert in the history of a fictional land 500 years ago. Fictional to us, but not them. Well to finish her paper she needs to solve the mystery of how this prince was killed ending this kingdom. Before she can a goddess whisks her back in time to figure that out and save the prince. Now this is the first problem, this goddess is supposed to be protecting these people, but she lets the guy die so that 500 years in the future she can bring someone back to do it. And when this person from the future shows up she just doesn't go to the prince, a person who believes in the goddess, and tell him what happens with all her modern age tech. Instead she proceeds to become a lady of the court to get close to this guy while the clock is ticking. Then for some reason 500 years in the past they speak the exact same language (hint we couldn't understand an English speaking person from just 300 years ago, at all). I could go on and on and spoil things, but really this is all a set up for a sweet romance, which may be what you're looking for.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    I'm not usually one for young adult books - but this was recommended to me and I liked it - I will definitely continue to read the story. I want to know what happens! I'm looking forward to a map of the kingdoms and a series of family trees (I get confused). I'm not usually one for young adult books - but this was recommended to me and I liked it - I will definitely continue to read the story. I want to know what happens! I'm looking forward to a map of the kingdoms and a series of family trees (I get confused).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cyana Scriptora

    This book will not disappoint, I promise! The intriguing plot line and characters will make it hard to put down and the twists and turns will have you hanging on for a wild ride. I've read a lot of fiction and I have yet to come across anything like this. If you're in a reading slump and just need something different, well, that is the story of how this novel came into existence. I wanted to write something unique. I took what I loved about each genre and bred them together and I believe I have This book will not disappoint, I promise! The intriguing plot line and characters will make it hard to put down and the twists and turns will have you hanging on for a wild ride. I've read a lot of fiction and I have yet to come across anything like this. If you're in a reading slump and just need something different, well, that is the story of how this novel came into existence. I wanted to write something unique. I took what I loved about each genre and bred them together and I believe I have a beautiful piece of fiction. I hope you all enjoy it as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Shampaner

    I am still reading this book. I love the large print. I am engrossed in the characters as their personalities and looks jump off the page from the beginning. I can’t wait to finish it and review again. I’m not going to regret finishing it because I know Book 2 is awaiting !

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Brasher

    I like books with medievalesque royalty, a history and culture slightly different from ours, and not too much day-to-day magic. This fit the bill. The pacing was quite good, and the story kept me engaged. It also delivered some very nice surprises. I did find some of the mechanics issues distracting: many commas where they didn't belong (yes, yes, some commas are debatable, but others really aren't), pronoun confusion, head hopping, confusion on who was speaking, etc. This is a little thing, but I like books with medievalesque royalty, a history and culture slightly different from ours, and not too much day-to-day magic. This fit the bill. The pacing was quite good, and the story kept me engaged. It also delivered some very nice surprises. I did find some of the mechanics issues distracting: many commas where they didn't belong (yes, yes, some commas are debatable, but others really aren't), pronoun confusion, head hopping, confusion on who was speaking, etc. This is a little thing, but there were also too many characters with names starting with A (Anna, Audax, Amicus, Alex, Avem, Avarum, Aquila, Agrippina…and maybe others). I kept getting them confused or having to stop and reason it out…which interrupted the flow of the story. I did like Dax, Anna, Videns, and some of the other characters. I wanted them to succeed and be happy, and I couldn't quite figure out how this would be possible, which added significantly to the tension of the book. Very well done. But…I couldn't quite get over a major logical flaw in the characters' thinking. SEMI-SPOILER ALERT: Why, Anna? You have so much knowledge from the future. You know what's going to happen, and exactly when, even if you don't know who the traitor or assassin are. And Videns? You saw what's going to happen, and the Goddess delivered the means of averting it. WHY don't you DO something? Their excuse for not acting directly or telling Dax sooner was just too thin for me. Here's how it should have ended: Videns: "Prince Audax, I have seen in a vision from the Goddess that Mortem is going to attack our land and kill Your Highness and enslave our people [sneakily insert details learned from Anna]. Let's work together in the next several weeks to stop this from happening." Audax: "Of course, my trusted seer. Right away! Get the men trained. Shore up our defenses. Put the navy on high alert! Ferret out the traitor! Contact our allies!" But…it didn't go that way. So it all seems rather senseless and irresponsible. I found other things quite unbelievable too. Like the actions of many soldiers near the end. And some of Dax's behavior when he does learn what's happening (hint: it involves delegating and alcohol). END SPOILERS. And then, of course, there's always the time travel paradox, which was not addressed at all. I found it odd that the history is clearly not the history of our world, leading me to believe that this is NOT our world, or it's some parallel version or something. But in the future, they have Halloween and Mexican food and cops that can't investigate disappearances for 24 hours. The combo of our world and not our world just seemed a little weird. However, many people won't be bothered at all by this. Overall, it was an engaging read: a nice clean romance with high stakes in a medieval-type setting. WARNING: It's pretty much a cliffhanger, so you'll have to read the next book—though there is some resolution. For the ending of one book in a series, it's quite well done.

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