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Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.


"The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora" and "Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt" are available from NAL/Penguin. "The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan" will hit the shelves November 4, 2014, followed by "The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great" in November 2015.


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Stephanie Thornton I'm currently eyeball-deep in writing The Conqueror's Wife, a novel about Alexander the Great, as told from the point of view of his youngest sister,…moreI'm currently eyeball-deep in writing The Conqueror's Wife, a novel about Alexander the Great, as told from the point of view of his youngest sister, his childhood friend and lover, a Persian princess, and his conniving first wife. It's a pretty wild ride!(less)
Stephanie Thornton Hi Beth! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hatshepsut's story in Daughter of the Gods. I dearly love everything Egyptian, but right now I have no plans to write…moreHi Beth! I'm so glad you enjoyed Hatshepsut's story in Daughter of the Gods. I dearly love everything Egyptian, but right now I have no plans to write about Cleopatra--there are already so many great books about her. I highly recommend Margaret George's Memoirs of Cleopatra (thick, but riveting!) and Stephanie Dray's trilogy on Cleopatra's daughter, Selene.

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And here she is, the cover of my fourth novel, coming in December 2015 from New American Library/Penguin!





It's a little different from my other covers, but I really like the mystery of this one. I suspect that Alexander would prefer a severed head or two, with himself as the main focus atop a rearing Bucephalus, but fortunately, he's not in charge this time.
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"“Our names have long been lost to time, scattered like ashes into the wind.” So began this incredible book. I loved Thornton’s book “Daughter of the Gods” (about Egypt’s Hatshepsut) and I loved this one too. The descriptions had me right there wit..." Read more of this review »
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“Years ago, Re had raged against humans for violating Ma’at, so he had sent Hathor to destroy mankind. She transformed into the lion goddess Sekhmet and Egypt’s fields ran red with the blood of her rampage. Seeing this, Re realized his mistake and ordered Sekhmet to stop, but she was too gone with bloodlust to listen. Knowing he had to halt her some other way, Re stained seven thousand jugs of beer with pomegranate juice and poured the red liquid into her path. Believing the beer to be blood, Sekhmet gorged herself and passed out in a drunken stupor. When she awoke, her bloodlust had passed and she returned to being Hathor. Thus the goddesses of love and violence shared a common history.”
Stephanie Thornton, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

“faithful, resolute, alive, You and the Two Lands that has no enemies; This life is no more than a dream, so seize the day before it passes!”
Stephanie Thornton, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

“She grasped the crook and flail with cool hands and sank gracefully to her knees. The High Priest of Amun placed a piece of flatbread imprinted with an ankh, the symbol of everlasting life, upon her tongue. It was gritty, the dough having been sprinkled with sand blessed by all the High Priests before it was baked that morning.”
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