Too Soon the Night, the second book in the Theodora duology has successfully launched. Please check it out. It had the benefit of a Bookbub e-mailing so the e-book price is a special one, as is that of the first book, Fortune’s Child. In addition to an e-book, Theodora’s story is available in paperback and within days an exciting type of hardcover that features the cover on a laminated book beneath a traditional dust cover!
Palace eunuch and secretary Stephen records Empress Theodora’s life as she navigates wars, political and religious crises, a citywide rebellion, and the first world plague pandemic, all in a male-dominated world. As the most powerful woman of the Byzantine Empire, one-time prostitute Theodora installs her own candidate for pope, legislates women’s rights, and shuts down a massive riot, saving the empire.
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“Too Soon The Night is a gorgeous tapestry of impeccable research and intricate worldbuilding. James Conroyd Martin brings Byzantine Constantinople to vivid life through the eyes of Stephen, a resourceful court eunuch tasked with recording the memoirs of the enigmatic Theodora, one-time actress turned Empress of the civilized world. A must-have for any fan of ancient-world historical fiction!” ~Kate Quinn, bestselling author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Rose Code
Reader and author Tinney S. Heath (A Thing Done) writes:
“This book is very different from its predecessor, because Theodora’s life as an empress was so vastly different from the struggles of her early years. But the characters are the same complex, deftly drawn, multifaceted people I came to care about in the first book, and it has been fascinating to watch them grow and change with their changing circumstances. Both POV characters, Theodora and Stephen, seem to have unlimited depths, which the author probes to good effect. The simple technique of writing Stephen’s parts in first person and Theodora’s in third is remarkably effective, and the result is there is never a moment’s confusion about whose viewpoint we are in.
The author’s vivid descriptions conjure up an almost cinematic picture of magnificent churches and palaces, crowds in the Hippodrome, and city streets. He also sketches a picture of Rome at the same time, and the contrast between Rome and Constantinople is really striking.”