This Heavy Crown
Back From Chaos (Earth’s Pendulum, volume 1)
By Yvonne Hertzberger
To paraphrase her website:
Yvonne Hertzberger has been a Jill of all Trades; actor, singer, gardener, hairstylist, and decorator. This long-time student of human nature, empty nester, retiree and late bloomer, finally found her calling writing epic fantasy. She lives with her spouse, Mark, in Stratford, Ontario.
2011’s Back from Chaos is the first volume in Hertzberger’s Earth’s Pendulum series.
Catania has fallen! Supine beneath the forces of neighboring Bargia, the Catanians expect the worst: looting, rape, arson, and mass executions.
What the Catanians get — much to the surprise of Marja, sole remaining member of Catania’s royal family — are reason and conciliation. The conquerors attempt to find a solution that will prevent future wars.