One woman battles the coming Dark Ages in:
Twilight Empress tells the little-known story of a remarkable woman—Placidia, sister to one of the last Roman Emperors. Roman princess, Gothic captive and queen—Placidia does the unthinkable—she rules the failing Western Roman Empire—a life of ambition, power and intrigue she doesn’t seek, but can’t refuse. Her actions shape the face of Western Europe for centuries. A woman as well as an Empress, Placidia suffers love, loss, and betrayal. Can her strength, tenacity and ambition help her survive and triumph over scheming generals, rebellious children and Attila the Hun? Or will the Dark Ages creep closer and bring down the Empire?
|Publisher:||Faith L. Justice|
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About the Author
Faith L. Justice writes in her historic land marked home “The Suffragette House” in Brooklyn, New York where she lives with her family and the required gaggle of cats. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in such publications as Circles in the Hair, The Copperfield Review, and Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s published over fifty articles in such venues as Salon.com, Writer's Digest, and The Writer. Faith is a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine, and co-founded a writer’s workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she digs in the dirt – her garden and various archaeological sites.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Twilight Empress is a pretty good read by Faith L Justice. This is not exactly my favorite time period to read in historical fiction but the author had a way of keeping my interest and want to keep reading. I really liked Placidia and wanted to see what else would happen to her next. She is one strong woman that endured so much and overcame. I would give this book 4 ½ stars and recommend it to those who love historical fiction. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
This is a great book! Before reading this novel I knew very little about ancient Rome as this era in history has never really grabbed my attention before. The book follows the life of Galla Placidia Augusta, the half sister of the Western Roman Emperor Flavius Honorius Augustus, beginning with the first time Rome was sacked in 800 years when Placidia was a teenager. She is taken as a hostage by the Visigoths but later becomes their Queen after falling in love with the King. After her husband's murder, she becomes a slave who leads a rebellion, returns to her bother to be married to his loyal general who then becomes co- Emperor raising Placida to status of joint Empress but sadly she is widowed for a second time and must fight for her son's inheritance to the Roman diadem. Galla Placida Augusta is like the ancient Roman she-wolf (foster mother to Romulus and Remus), with as much drama and political savvy to rival Margaret of Anjou. Throughout this book you are introduced to other Theodosian women - Aelia Pulcheria who took guardianship of her brother the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosian III at the tender age of 14, holding the reins of government successfully until her brother's majority and continued to advise him and Aelia Eudocia Augusta, a woman of great beauty who was born a pagan and a daughter of a philosopher whose marriage to Theodosian III caused a scandal. These two women are the focus of the second and third books in the series and I can't wait! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy of this book in a return for an honest review. All opinion are my own.