Twilight Empress (The Theodosian Women Book One)

Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome


 “…the book is an addictive read, as Justice chooses her key moments wisely, weaving a decades-long narrative about Placidia’s layered life as she rises to eventual leadership.”   —Kirkus Reviews


One woman battles the coming Dark Ages.

Twilight Empress tells the little-known story of a remarkable woman: Placidia, sister to one of the last Roman Emperors. Roman Empress and Gothic 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 passionate woman as well as an empress, Placidia suffers love, loss, and betrayal. Can her intelligence, tenacity, and ambition help her survive and triumph over scheming generals, rebellious children, and Attila the Hun?

Author:  Faith L. Justice
Print ISBN:  978-06922460511
Length:  392 pp
Price:  $13.99 (Print-discounts vary) $3.99 (ebook)
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“…this is solid historical fiction, with full marks for a little-used time period and setting. It totally gets extra points for giving us a female lead character who’s not written about to death (I’m looking at you, Anne Boleyn!)”

“The author does a fine job of delicately underlining the limits of female governance during the period, creating sympathy for the heroine, whose only option is to rule through men… A fun, fast read…”

“It’s been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book…I just couldn’t stop reading and had this intense need to know how it all would end.”

Twilight Empress is a fast-paced historical novel that is filled with romance, political and courtly intrigue, and drama that will keep you turning the pages…”

“There was enough action so there was no dull moment…I can’t wait to read the next one.”

“In three words: Intriguing, dramatic, well-researched”

“I absolutely loved this book!…The author’s writing is superb, and she did a wonderful job of bringing Placida to life for her readers.”

“Twilight Empress is an utterly captivating read…I’m excited to read more by this author.”

“…the author had a way of keeping my interest and want to keep reading.”

“This is truly a sumptuous treat for bookworms and historical fiction lovers…I would recommend this to a friend. 100%!”

“TWILIGHT EMPRESS by Faith L. Justice is exactly the type of book I mention when people ask me why I love Historical Fiction so much.”

“Overall, a breathtaking and immense journey through one inspirational and impactful woman’s life in Rome.”

  • Story Circle Book Reviews (May 7, 2018) Spoiler Alert! This reviewer reveals the entire plot from beginning to end. We’re providing the link as a matter of transparency, but if you don’t know Placidia’s story and are planning on reading Twilight Empress, we recommend you not read this review. What are reviewers thinking when they do such things?

“[Twilight Empress] is well researched and written with twisted plot developments and great characters…an excellent novel.”

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