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In Alma Alexander's enthralling new novel, Simonis is a woman who lived many lives before rising to the top - a helpless child in circus performances, an accomplished courtesan and spy, a heretic who sheltered men thought to be damned for what they believed.

Emperor Maxentius is the man who loves her enough to drape the Imperial purple over her shoulders even though his entire culture recoils. When he marries Simonis and gives her the name Callidora, he makes her a partner in the ruling of the empire.

When the Empire faces a rebellion that appears unstoppable, Maxentius and his generals are prepared to flee the raging mobs. But Callidora announces that the men can do what they want, but she will not run.

The men are shamed into standing their ground and the Empire survives.

Based on the historical characters of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, this is a grand, gorgeous, sweeping, utterly unforgettable vision of an already amazing tale.

©2016 Alma Hromic Deckert (P)2017 Alma Hromic Deckert

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This was a really good story. It was my first experience with Alma Alexander. And, while I liked the story, it was a bit too long when it didn't have to be. There were too many instances of telling instead of showing that slowed the pace and stagnated. And, too much time trying to figure out what was happening with each character as they were slowly developed. That said, it was a very good story, and obvious that Ms. Alexander is a talented writer whose style harkens back to an earlier time. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed these sort of period pieces. I loved the characters, and felt their struggles. In many instances you could see life in ancient Rome and Greece as the characters tried to live and survive through this time with all it's harsh realities.

This is my second Siobhan Waring book, and just like the first, she narrates beautifully. She conveys all of the feeling, sentiments, and emotions of each character throughout while having such a lyrical voice that lulls the listener into the story. She is fast becoming a favorite narrator.