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Twilight Empress: A Novel of Imperial Rome (The Theodosian Women Book 1)

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Twilight Empress tells the little-known story of a remarkable woman—Galla 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. ...more
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published May 12th 2017 by Raggedy Moon Books
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Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who like novels on strong women
Shelves: ancient-rome
Enthralling recounting of the life of Galla Placidia, sister to Emperor Honorius, 5th century. Captured by the Goths, she falls in love with Athauf, Gothic noble who is later elected king. He falls in love with her and they marry. After his death, she returns to her brother and is forced to marry General Constantius, later emperor. She becomes involved in politics and is regent for her son, Valentinian, until his majority. Through her life, she is involved in politics. Fascinating novel about a
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this novel but the pacing was off. I love a novel about a strong woman especially one that is based on a real person. The problem I had with this novel was that the characters were not developed enough. Just when I started to enjoy the storyline it changed and I was reading about someone new. I never fully got to know the characters or care about them. I was really disappointed with this book. The foundation is here but it needs work.
3,5 stars

Sister to a Western Roman Emperor, Placidia is taken captive by the Goths when they attack Rome. During her captivity, she learned much about their way of life and falls in love with their king Ataulf. When Placidia is forced to return to Rome she has learned enough about strength and ruling to survive the Roman political life.

I don’t know anything about Roman history in this era so this was really fascinating. Rome changed a lot during Placidia’s life and it has a great effect on her l
Stephanie (Bookfever)
If there's a type of story I like more than anything it's books about little-known and strong women from history. As someone who's a self-proclaimed history geek I always jump on the chance to read books like this. That's why I loved Twilight Empress so much, along with several other reasons I will state below. It's also been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book, which is what I did with this one. I just couldn't stop reading and had this intense need to know how it all would end. ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 stars and recommend it to those who love historical fiction.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own h
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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. Like the author, I’m a history junkie, so I appreciate her writing style and the research and time it takes to create a story set during an era long forgotten.

Placidia is a wonderful character. She’s not one accept her fate when things get tough, and sadly, that was a lot! She’s strong and loving and gracious. She’s not someone I’ve heard of before and I completely
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Twilight Empress is the first book in Faith L Justice’s Theodosian Women series. Future books will focus on Pulcheria, sister of Emperor Theodosius, and Athenais, his wife. On the strength of Twilight Empress, I shall certainly look out for the subsequent books.

Full disclosure – I was about a fifth of the way through Twilight Empress when I started to get the feel
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twilight Empress tells the story of Galla Placidia, one of Rome’s last empresses. Galla Placidia is a Roman princess. One night the Goths invaded Rome through a form of betrayal on the Romans’ part. They kidnap Galla Placidia and hold her hostage in order to negotiate with Placidia’s brother, Emperor Honorius. Galla Placidia eventually falls in love with Ataulf, the king of the Visigoths, and marries him. When Ataulf is assassinated, Galla Placidia goes back to Rome and reluctantly marries Const ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Galla Placida is sister to one of the last Roman Emperors in 400 AD. As a young woman Placida is captured by the Goths. Growing up in their camps, she comes to respect their way of life and skills. Placida especially enjoys the company of Ataulf. She eventually marries Ataulf and becomes Queen of the Goths by his side, helping with decisions and in battle. Placida's brother, however, sees her marriage to Ataulf as a political move by the Goths and orders her home. Unfortunately, Ataulf is killed ...more
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May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Faith Justice's Twilight Empress is historical fiction about Italian aristocracy between 410 and 461 A.D. It is well researched and written with twisted plot developments and great characters. The protagonist, a little-known Roman Empress and Gothic Queen Placidia suffers loss, love and betrayal. Palace intrigue is almost like a secondary character. Her innate intelligence and tenaciousness are a winning combination but at the cost of great personal sacrifice.

As her Roman palace is overrun by ba
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. In "Twilight Empress," Rome, once seen as unshakeable, is falling. Placidia becomes Empress at a time where Rome's power is slowly leaking. Never fully wanting power, Placidia steps up to the plate to rule Rome and try to take it back to stable ground. It's a fascinating story of a powerful woman and one that I was not really familiar with before.

This book covers a lot of what Placidia does to rule the empire and how she tries to consolidate power once again through various political
Sekhar N Banerjee
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good read

It was really a delightful and informative read. The standard history books do not say much about characters depicted in this book. This really improved my understanding of the situations in the waning days of the western empire.
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Faith L. Justice is a science geek and history junkie who writes award-winning novels, short stories, and articles in her historic Brooklyn home. She’s published in venues such as, Writer's Digest, Strange Horizons, The Copperfield Review and Circles in the Hair.

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