Kirkus Reviews:

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

The Historical Novel Society:


“Placidia is no Livia from I, Claudius, but she’s no sensitive damsel, either. Placidia knows what she wants and is willing to do what she must to achieve her goals….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!)”

History from a Woman's Perspective:


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.”



“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.”

Story Circle Reviews:


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

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. As Gothic Queen then Roman Empress, Placidia does the unthinkable: she hold together 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?

  • Title: Twilight Empress: The Theodosian Women Book One
  • Author: Faith L. Justice
  • Audio narrator: Kathleen France
  • Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books (May 2017)
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 2016931966
  • Hardback: (348 pages) $22.00, ISBN: 978-0917053221
  • Trade paperback (348 pages) $12.99, ISBN: 978-06922460511
  • eBook (Kindle, epub) $4.99
  • Audio book (13 hrs, 34 min) $24.95 (FREE with 30-day trial)

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Twilight Empress Audio Supplemental PDF

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  • Note on Titles and Place Names
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  • Author’s Note
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  • Acknowledgments
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