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Simonis has had to be resilient, courageous, and pragmatic all of her life. Survival in the underbelly of her world demanded it.

Dancer, courtesan, spy, she did what she had to in order to survive. She made her choices, and lived with the consequences.

Until the day she met Maxentius, a peasant's son raised by his uncle into the patrician class, the aristocracy of the Empire, the Prince of the City. By law and custom he is forbidden to love her, but he defies everyone and not only marries her, but crowns her Empress to sit at his side.

In the face of insurrection, political intrigue and disaster, they rule an Empire. They are two halves that make one whole, a partnership that is as much an emotional soulmate bond as it is a pragmatic partnership between two immensely gifted people whose personalities and abilities complement one another perfectly.

The latest novel in Alma Alexander's historical fantasy worlds, "Empress" leaves the shores of alternate-history China-inspired Syai (the setting of her extraordinary and acclaimed "Secrets of Jin-shei" and its sequel, "Embers of Heaven") and takes the reader into a new world - the alternate-history version of the empire of Byzantium.

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.

"Empress" is a novel that finds the emotional core of historical truth and presents it draped in the lush and luxuriant veils of a layer of fantasy.

Readers who love well-built worlds and magnificent characters will thoroughly enjoy getting lost in the pages of this book.

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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Empress
Author(s): Alma Alexander
ISBN: 1-61138-580-6 / 978-1-61138-580-9 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Empress
Author(s): Alma Alexander
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