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Inspired by true events, Far Away Bird delves into the complex mind of Byzantine Empress Theodora. This intimate account deftly follows her rise from actress-prostitute in Constantinople's red-light district to the throne of the Byzantine Empire.
Her salacious past has left historians blushing and uncomfortable.Tales of her shamelessness have survived for centuries, and
Paperback, 394 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Silent Music Press LLC
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Terry Mitchell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Far Away Bird is the sweeping tale of how Empress Theodora of the Byzantine Empire overcame her scandalous past and arose to become one of known history's first feminists to affect change for women. Theodora, as Douglas A. Burton, has written her, was as real a woman as any in a time when women were seen in much the same light as cattle and dogs: Property of men. She overcame many life events that would have left other women ruined and diminished, but her conviction and strength in the face of ...more
Far Away Bird will not be released until February 2020. Luckily, I will not have to wait that long, having read an ARC courtesy of NetGalley. I will pre-order a copy because - THAT COVER! Illustrated by George Frei, it is incredibly stunning. As beautiful as it is, the story of this woman's rise from Notorious Theodora to Empress Theodora is shocking and mesmerizing. I owe Douglas Burton a massive thanks for bringing this legendary Empress to my attention. As a woman, I owe much more to the lady ...more
Mary Yarde
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"So rapid the slide to destitution..."

So very rapid... Theodora would never forget the night her pata died. How foolish he had been. He should have stayed at home instead of joining the rebellion against the Emperor. If it had not been for Magister Origen then Theodora, her mother and two sisters would have ended up destitute.

Magister Origen had been so kind. So very thoughtful. He had even arranged for Theodora and her sister, Comito, to attend a dance school. This was not the time to look back
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Burton seduces the reader as Theodora seduces all around her.

A powerful, evocative narrative, that draws you into the human rather than mythical aspect of the "notorious" Theodora from her early childhood to her return to Constantinople. It is as though Burton is channeling his subject as her life dances across the pages before you, the reader. You are drawn into her life as if walking side by side, her contemporary, her ethereal other self - her far away bird.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to receive advanced reader copy of this book, and it might even end up as the best I've read this year. Wow.

First of all; I've always found Theodora to be such an interesting character. How can a woman, a prostitute no less, become such an important figure in history? About this time last year I read my first historical fiction about Theodora (Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy) and I did enjoy it, but still... This one was better. I liked Theodora and understood
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Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The best historical novels breathe life into an era that’s been rendered two-dimensional by time, making the world blossom around the reader in full color. Not only does Douglas A. Burton excel in that regard, immersing the reader in sixth-century Constantinople in a way that feels warm, vibrant, and authentic--a feast for all the senses--he also brings to life a compelling, sympathetic, and entirely relatable human being in his rendition of the girl who grew up to become Empress Theodora.


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Douglas Alan Burton is a speaker, author, and expert storyteller whose work depicts heroic figures and their deeper connection to the human experience.

His forthcoming novel, 'Far Away Bird,' which centers on the early life of Byzantine Empress Theodora, was nominated as a finalist for Book of the Year in historical fiction and Best Debut Novel for historical fiction 2019 by the Coffee Pot Book
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