Dawn Empress Tour – Review

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About the Book

Publication Date: May 15, 2020
Raggedy Moon Books
Series: The Theodosian Women, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction

As Rome reels under barbarian assaults, a young girl must step up…

After the Emperor’s unexpected death, ambitious men eye the Eastern Roman throne occupied by seven-year-old Theodosius II. His older sister Princess Pulcheria faces a stark choice: she must find allies and take control of the Eastern court or doom the imperial children to a life of obscurity–or worse! Beloved by the people and respected by the Church, Pulcheria forges her own path to power. Can her piety and steely will protect her brother from military assassins, heretic bishops, scheming eunuchs and–most insidious of all–a beautiful, intelligent bride? Or will she lose all in the trying?

Dawn Empress tells Pulcheria’s little-known and remarkable story. Her accomplishments rival those of Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great as she sets the stage for the dawn of the Byzantine Empire.


So I love historical fiction, but I rarely see books that are historical historical. You know, the ones that go way back. I don’t know if it’s just me not expanding my horizons enough or if they’re just not that common. But I always really enjoy them when I do read them so I JUMPED at the chance to read this. And it did not disappoint!

The thing that I think I like the most from books like these is that the characters are always likeable but also not. This was a time where you had to fight to survive. It was a time of wars and conquerors. A time where empresses could rise. And it’s just oh so interesting to read about. Dawn Empress is the second book in the Theodonian Women series and follows Pulcheria and her rise to power.

This book is so successful because it covers so much of the history of the subject. While we don’t know much and are learning more and more about this time period, Justice does an excellent job of taking what we do know and weaving it into the story.

About the Author

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 Salon.com, Writer’s Digest, Strange Horizons, The Copperfield Review and Circles in the Hair.

You can read her stories, interviews with famous authors, and sample chapters of her novels at her website . Check out her blog for historical fiction book reviews, interviews with HF authors, “History in the News” roundups and giveaways.

Faith lives with her husband, daughter and the required gaggle of cats. For fun, she likes to dig in the dirt—her garden and various archaeological sites.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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