Theodora: actress, prostitute, mistress, feminist. And Byzantine Empress of the sixth-century Roman world. Stephen: handsome Syrian boy, wizard’s apprentice, palace eunuch. And Secretary to the Empress. How does this unlikely pair become such allies that one day Empress Theodora asks Stephen to write her biography?
“Fortune’s Child” is “a meticulously researched historical account presented in the form of a thrilling political drama.” Kirkus Reviews
OVERALL GRAND PRIZE 2019 Best Book, Chanticleer International Book Awards
“I felt like I was there.” ~Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
“Too Soon the Night” is “a gorgeous tapestry of impeccable research and intricate world-building. A must-have for any fan of ancient-world historical fiction.” ~Kate Quinn, bestselling author of “The Rose Code” and “The Diamond Eye”
“Readers will be enchanted with the inimitableTheodora in this elegant second novel.” Eileen Stephenson, bestselling author of “Tales of Byzantium”
Chaucer Grand Prize Winner, 2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards
Winner of an IPPI Bronze Medal
James Conroyd Martin is an award-winning author of novels set in Poland. Although of Irish and Norwegian extraction, he has been embraced by the Polish community. The American Institute for Polish Culture presented him with their prestigious Gold Medal. The author is quick to point out that the stories of love, war, and survival appeal to everyone. Martin is a longtime teacher who lives in and teaches in the Chicago area.
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