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Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780917053146
  • 356 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780917053238
  • 356 pages
  • $22.00
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • 978-0917053177 B089J6R3YZ
  • 354 pages
  • $4.99
Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

As Rome reels under barbarian assaults, a young girl must step up. After the Emperor’s unexpected death, ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must find allies and take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity—or worse! Beloved by the people and respected by the Church, Pulcheria forges her own path to power. Can her piety and steely will protect her brother from military assassins, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and—most insidious of all—a beautiful, intelligent bride? Or will she lose all in the trying? "Dawn Empress" tells Pulcheria’s little-known and remarkable story. Her accomplishments rival those of Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great as she sets the stage for the dawn of the Byzantine Empire.
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Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome is the second book in The Theodosian Women series by Faith L. Justice, a book that explores intrigue, war, and the struggle for survival. This novel follows the story of Pulcheria after the unexpected death of the emperor. The Eastern Roman Empire is ruled by seven-year-old Theodosius, who knows very little about governance. His sister, the pious Pulcheria, must fight to defend the empire, surrounded by enemies, including dubious clerics, assassins, and powerful men who will stop at nothing to have the throne. Follow her as she creates new allies and maneuvers through a very complicated political setting to prepare for a new era.

I haven’t read any other books in this series, but Dawn Empress reads well as a standalone story, vividly depicting a pivotal moment in Roman history. The historical setting is gorgeously written and one notices the role the church played in politics during this time. The prose is beautiful, sprinkled with vivid descriptions. Faith L. Justice brings to life historical characters and a history that I have not read about much. There is intrigue, stabbings-in-the-back, and betrayal, but at the heart of the story is a powerful woman who stands tall, determined to protect her younger brother from scheming enemies. I loved the cinematic writing and focused scenes. The plot points are strong and I enjoyed how the author captured the crisis that feeds the storyline. Dawn Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome is fast-paced and engaging, one of those novels that will keep fans of historical novels reading through the night."

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780917053146
  • 356 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Book Details
  • 05/2020
  • 9780917053238
  • 356 pages
  • $22.00
Ebook Details
  • 05/2020
  • 978-0917053177 B089J6R3YZ
  • 354 pages
  • $4.99

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